Tuesday, July 27

The Karma Club by Jessica Brody

The Karma Club
"Personally, I’m tired of waiting for the universe to get off its butt and start fixing stuff. I don’t want to wait around for Mason to get what’s coming to him. Or Heather Campbell, for that matter . . . I want to be there to see it happen."
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
I was incredibly excited to get my hands on this book. It sounded original with a main character who sounded like they could take action. While I found both those things to be true, I was a little disappointed with the novel as a whole. 
Maddy was a fairly likable character. However, I found her to be a little too eager to be popular. At times she seemed somewhat obsessed Heather Campbell and her popular crew. While I'll admit this eagerness was demonstrated more so in the beginning of the novel, it was still off-putting to me since after reading the synopsis I had already envisioned her stronger than that. I was hoping for her strength again in the all too soon breakup with Mason, however I think I was hoping for this because I hadn't had enough time to truly understand their relationship. Maddy's infatuation with Mason was apparent off the bat, but I hadn't seen that from Mason yet.
The club itself was a unique idea, but a part of me found some of the revenge tactics a little too vindictive. I understood that their targets had indeed done them wrong and weren't the sweetest of people, however it was a bit too much for me. Their actions had the possibility of major repercussions, and that didn't sit well with me. 
My ratings:
Plot: B
Easy to get into, a little rushed towards the end
Characters: C
I little frustrating. It was hard to click with the characters.
Cover: A
Really cute. Love that the notebook is on the cover.
Length: B
Things seemed a little rushed at some points and slow at others,  but unfortunately at the wrong moments for me. (Ex. Mason & Maddy's relationship

A novel where everything happens for a reason (but not by itself), I give The Karma Club:
Three Stars!

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