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The Compulsive Reader: The Karma Club by Jessica Brody

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Karma Club by Jessica Brody


Madison's life was finally coming together the way she wanted: a magazine article about her perfect boyfriend Mason made her popular at school, and got her an invite to the party she dreamed of attending. But it blows up in her face when her newly popular boyfriend cheats on her and starts dating Heather Campbell, the meanest (and most popular) girl in school. She's tired of waiting for Karma to get even with Mason and Heather, so she tells her friends, "It's time to make Karma work for us." And so they do, by forming the Karma Club and using it to get back at all of the ex's that have wronged them. But as Maddy and her friends discover, that's not exactly the way Karma works...

The Karma Club is a clever and engaging book that will hook readers quickly. At the beginning of the story, Maddy is shallow and self-absorbed, and worries incessantly about popularity and being invited to the right parties. But readers will be able to overlook that (and the fact that Brody never really reveals why Mason left Maddy) as the drama begins to unfold and the girls begin plotting their revenge. It is curious that none of them seem the least bit hesitant or frightened to go through with their plans, as some of them are serious and could get them into big trouble, but is satisfying to see the boys who wronged them get what Maddy and her friends think they deserve. Along the way, Brody peppers the book with little instances in which Karma is working, which helps reinforce her message.

When things start to go wrong for Maddy and her friends, they can all be linked back to their previous actions, and it is evident that Karma is at work. In realizing this, Maddy matures in leaps and bounds and learns to embrace the true, simple meaning of Karma: good deeds are rewarded, bad deeds are punished. Throw in a cute but surprising romance, and you have the makings for an excellent pick-me-up with an empowering and important message.

Cover Comments: I think this cover is very cute! I like the pink, and the close-up of the girl's face. It most certainly stands out!

Review copy received from publisher.

Also, be sure to visit Jessica Brody's website and check out this awesome book trailer:

7 comments:

asamum said...

This has been on my wishlist for ages. I love the thought of karma - everything happening for a reason and balance in the universe :) Cant wait to read it :)

Alice said...

this sounds nice! i love the trailer! (:

Michelle said...

I think I say this in every post dealing with The Karma Club but I just love that trailer. I really need to read this one it sounds so good.:)

Sara said...

Yay I'm glad you liked it! Awesome review. I've been dying to read this ever since I saw that amazing trailer :D

John The Bookworm said...

Ah, I love Karma! It's such a fun concept - and the idea of making it happen just sounds really fun. And I always love the shallow heroines - it's always fun to read from a different point of view. :) Total agreement on the cover, it looks so cute and devilish at the same time!

waterwaif said...

That sounds like something my daughter and I will enjoy reading. Thanks!

Meg said...

That trailer was really cute and well-done! Definitely want to get my hands on this one. Sounds like the light, fun YA I usually enjoy! :)