Review of The Karma Club by Jessica Brody

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Review of The Karma Club by Jessica BrodyThe Karma Club by Jessica Brody
Also by this author: , In Some Other Life
Published by Macmillan on April 27th 2010
Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, Dating & Sex, Friendship, Emotions & Feelings
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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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.

When you mess with karma, karma will mess with you. The Karma Club by Jessica Brodyexplores the eastern philosophy of karma in a contemporary setting. Madison Kasparkova has been fairly lucky. She’s got good friends and an almost-perfect boyfriend. Things are definitely going her way, until one day her boyfriend burns her by cheating on her with the most popular girl in school. Clearly, every school has a mean girl, and this boyfriend stealer is that girl. It seems as though karma is not intervening, so Maddy and her friends take karma into their own hands.

What results is pranks! Pranks galore! I have this to say about the pranks, plz moar pranks! I loved it. I thought the pranks were both funny AND appropriate. Each person they pranked got what they deserved. Hell seriously hath no fury like a woman scorned. It’s petty of me, but I love it when bad people get what is coming to them.

“My point is: Guys have been screwing us over our entire lives. And we keep telling ourselves that they’ll get what they deserve. That Karma will take its course. Because it makes us feel better long enough for us to shack up with a new and supposedlyu better loser who will do the same thing to us. Well, screw that. It’s time to make Karma work for us.” – pg. 68

To delve a bit below the surface, one thing I enjoyed about The Karma Club by Jessica Brody was how well it captures emotions. You ever get your heart broken? Brody puts the wrench in heartwrenching.To be honest, I was reluctant to continue, because I was bummed over the heartbreak scene, but I could not put this book down. I am very glad I kept reading, because turns out, I really enjoyed myself. Although I did not experience this in high school, I am betting many high schoolers can relate to this:

“I mean, how sad is it that I needed a freaking Facebook profile to tell me that my boyfriend was no longer my boyfriend? As if Facebook is the official record keeper of relationships and you have to confirm all breakups and hookups with this sacred online registrar before you can consider them certified and approved.” pg. 141

Besides emotions, there are friendships! FRIENDSHIPS! Girls who help each other out without an underlying backstabber reasons. I like that girls can be friends without being catty to each other. PLZ MOAR OF THIS.

There’s a great message in The Karma Club by Jessica Brody, but it is cloaked in fun and not seriousness, thank goodness. Honestly, I read this book in about two and half hours, that is how great it was. I read this and set it down with a smile and proceeded to tweet about how much I enjoyed it. The Karma Club is absolutely a book I recommend.

Other Reviews of The Karma Club by Jessica Brody:

And Anything Bookish
Pure Imagination
The Book Scout
Chick Loves Lit

Also, what really pushed me into reading The Karma Club was one of the most well done book trailers I have ever seen!

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Vampires and Tofu says

    Can't wait to read this one and I agree…that trailer is a standout. Wish more book trailers would be this good!

  2. Booksnyc says

    I read Brody's adult books – Fidelity Files and Love Under Cover and really enjoyed them. I am looking forward to trying her YA debut. Thanks for the review!

  3. Hi! I found your blog through the Hop and I'm really glad I did because it's great :). I'm your latest follower so I'm sure I'll be back soon! Great review.
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Carly x.

  4. I NEEEEEED this book.
    Like, really badly. :]

  5. Juju at Tales of says

    I loved reading this super fun review.

  6. I've never heard of this book, but you sold it by talking about friendships between girls – why are there not more books like this?

  7. This book was so cute!! Great review! 🙂
    I have to admit that one of my favorite parts of the whole novel was the friendships. I loved seeing Maddy and her friends spend time together, grow close, and even fight. I thought it was definitely well done! 🙂
    – Alyssa of Redhead Heroines
    Book Review of “The Karma Club” by Jessica Brody


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