Flashback Friday: THE KARMA CLUB by Jessica Brody
Jan 23rd, 2015 by Liza Wiemer


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by Jessica Brody

Hardcover, 272 pages

Published April 27, 2010

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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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.

My Review:

The Karma ClubThe Karma Club by Jessica Brody

Jessica Brody’s first YA novel, The Karma Club, is absolutely terrific. She wove a tale about Mason Brooks, a girl who is cruelly dumped by her boyfriend of two years. Her two best friends also have been dumped by their heartless boyfriends. When Mason learns about the power of karma––what comes around goes around–– she realizes that the girls need to take action and rebalance the universe by getting revenge on their boyfriends. The Karma Club is formed and the girls dish out some pretty harsh punishment. But karma isn’t meant to be messed with and events ricochet back in unforeseen ways leaving Mason desperate to rebalance life once again. There’s a powerful lesson here – to take control of your life by doing acts of kindness. In the end, kindness is much sweeter than revenge and causing others pain in order to deal with your own pain isn’t payback at all, even if the person deserves it.
The Karma Club really made me think about the numerous social situations YA face every day – bullying, backstabbing, cheating etc. It’s incredibly tempting to retaliate. But I can’t think of one instance where retaliation had positive results. YA need to seek support and assistance. Not retaliating doesn’t mean not taking action. The Karma Club shows the value of navigating through the difficulties often faced in high school by finding positive means to channel ones’ energy.
I highly recommend The Karma Club and Jessica Brody’s second YA novel My Life Undecided!

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