Life is not a fairy tale and bad things happen to good people. Destined to Fail is a coming of age story where happy endings are not everyone's destiny. March forces us to confront a world of trauma and tragedy which is uncomfortable and unsettling. Lighthearted books are fun to read, however March forces us to address and contemplate what a life of tragedy would feel like. Destined to Fail has depth and a strong message. Life's obstacles can be overcome, but it will take hard work and a personal investment. Life is full of choices and we as individuals must chose which paths to proceed down. March exposes us to trauma that does occur throughout every segment of our society. Destined to Fail speaks to the individual who is suffering and provides moral support and encouragement to fight while also serving as a guide for someone who needs to advocate for a friend in the middle of the fight.
"The other things that have happened, none of those I had control over. But, this situation, I could do something about. I could take the wheel and make my own decisions. It was such a powerful feeling, knowing I could control my own destiny. " (March, pg. 119)