Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Karma Club by Jessica Brody

Summary: (from book jacket) Madison Kasparkova always thought she understood how Karma works. It's a mysterious, powerful force that brings harmony to the universe. You know- do good things and you will be rewarded. do something bad and Karma will make sure you get what's coming to you. A sort of cosmic balancing act. But when Mason Brooks, Maddy's boyfriend of two years, gets caught tongue wrestling with Miss perfect Body Heather Campbell, and absolutely nothing happens to either of them- except that they wind up the hot new couple of Colonial High School- it seems like Karma has officially left Maddy in the lurch. That's why Maddy and her best friends, Angie and Jade, decide to start the Karma club- a secret, members only organization whose sole purpose is to clean up the messes that the universe has been leaving behind. Whether they're modifying Heather Campbell's acne cream as part of "Operation Butter Face" or righting a few wrongs when it comes to Angie's and Jade's own slimy exes, they know they're just doing what Karma should have done in the first place. They're taking care of one another. Sometimes, though, it isn't wise to meddle with the universe. because it turns out that when you mess with Karma, Karma messes back. Now Maddy must find a way to balance her life for good. even as everything around her seems to be toppling to the ground.
 Review: I first became interested in reading this book after I watched the trailer for it. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. I felt like the whole story was unrealistic and shallow. The things that Maddy and her friends were planning for they're exes were a little more than harmless pranks and caused some serious trouble. Because of that, I found the story really hard to relate to.
 I thought the characters in this story were annoying. Maddy was so set on being popular and trying to get into the good parties as if that was the only thing that mattered. She was constantly thinking and talking about Heather Campbell and how perfect she was and how much she wanted to be like her. Why couldn't she just be happy with what she had? ( easier said than done I know, but still). Her friends Angie and Jade seemed to be a little more down to earth and I liked them better until towards the end of the book when they were both acting like complete idiots. Another thing was, I was under the impression that these girls knew how Karma worked. Do good things and you will be rewarded, to bad things and you will be punished. So these girls start totally humiliating several students and don't expect for they're luck to turn. To me it seems like they should have seen it coming. There were also a few points in the story that were pretty predictable. I wasn't surprised by what was coming and that also has a tendency to take away from the excitement of a book. So, I didn't like this book but that does mean that you won't. If it sounds like you might enjoy it then you should read it.

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