Book Review - The Karma Club by Jessica Brody

Thursday July 1, 2010

The Karma Club
by Jessica Brody
April 27, 2010
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Goodreads Summary: Madison Kasparkova always thought she understood how Karma works. It’s that 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 Butterface,” or righting a few wrongs when it comes to Angie 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, 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: Karma is the ultimate balance of the universe. If you do bad things, bad things happen to you. On the other hand, do good things and good things will happen to you. That's the way the universe works right???

Maddy Kasparkova believes in karma but gets a little impatient when it comes to other words karma just isn't working as fast as she would like, so she and a few friends take things into their own hands and ultimately form The Karma Club.

The Karma Club girls take elaborate efforts to get back at the boys and other people who have done them wrong and in doing so find out that acting as judge and jury in regards to others actions isn't as easy as it would seem. They soon realize that all choices big and small have a consequence one way or another.

This is a really fun and and enjoyable read. Maddy is an extremely likable character that you will find yourself rooting for. Plenty of humor will have readers chuckling at Maddy's hi-jinks and all the angst comes across as genuine teen emotion. An excellent summer read!