Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The Karma Club by Jessica Brody
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Release Date: 4/27/2010
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About the Book: When Maddy's boyfriend of two years cheats on her with uber-popular and perfect Heather Campbell and nothing bad happens to him, Maddy decides to take matters into her own hands. She forms The Karma Club with her two best friends and the goal is to right the wrongs of the universe and take revenge on those who have done them wrong. But when you start to mess with Karma, it starts to mess back.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: The Karma Club is such a fun read! Maddy and her friends have the guts to pull of the sort of plans that anyone who has been hurt might wish to happen. There's a blurb on the back of the book that says this a book to read after you get dumped. I agree-the revenge and girl power are fun. Of course not all of their plans work out and some are pretty mean, so I felt the girls deserved what happened when they realize what they'd put into motion with their club.
Maddy is a great character and pretty easy to relate to-she loves gossip mags, hears E! news monolouges about her life, and follows the lives of the popular people, and she's also smart and tutors other students. But I think Maddy is the only character we fully get to know-the other characters we get glimpses of, but never really get to know them. I would have liked to see them more fleshed out-especially Maddy's two best friends and Maddy's new love interest.
While the book is fun, I thought it could have ended about three pages earlier-the very end with the "magazine article" and call to girls to volunteer and do what's good is a great idea, but just felt out of place with the rest of the book. I felt it got put there to include a "message" at the end and I didn't think we needed an additional message at the end. I would have been happier with a page at the end advertising The Karma Club website instead of including it as part of the book. It just added a cheese factor to the story and I couldn't help but roll my eyes.
The book itself is a fun feel good read and I hope Ms. Brody keeps writing for YA because I loved her writing style. I'm looking forward to book talking this one to my teens and I think pairing The Karma Club and The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg would be a fun booktalk or book club discussion.
Full Discolsure: Reviewed from final copy sent by publisher for review