Saturday, December 18, 2010
review: The Karma Club by Jessica Brody
publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
source: for review on Kiss the Book (a blog for school librarians)
blurb from goodreads:
Madison Kasparkova always thought she understood how Karma works. Do good things and you'll be rewarded, do something bad and Karma will make sure you get what you deserve. But when Maddy’s boyfriend cheats on her, nothing bad comes his way. That’s why Maddy starts the Karma Club, to clean up the messes that the universe has left behind. Sometimes, though, it isn’t wise to meddle with the universe. It turns out Karma often has plans of its own.
I liked Maddie. She was a very engaging and entertaining character to read. I also liked her friends, though they were similar to each other so I got confused on who was who.
The plot was fun and had a nice pace. Though I couldn't help but feel bad for the boys on the receiving end of her inventive payback. They had all done scummy things, but I still felt bad to read about scummy things happening to them. Maddy does learn, though. About the worth of popularity and real friendship. About how appearances are deceiving and gossip isn't always true. People change, sometimes even for the better. And without being preachy, but cushioned in a nice, fun, breezy story.
It reminded me of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg, which I also enjoyed.