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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.

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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.

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Publishers Weekly
Adult novelist Brody's first book for teens revolves around the principle of “what goes around comes around.” When 17-year-old Madison Kasparkova's supposedly devoted all-American boyfriend, Mason, suddenly dumps her for the popular, porcelain-skinned Heather, the humiliated Maddy decides that while karmic balance is all well and good, it could use a helping hand (“Personally, I'm tired of waiting for the universe to get off its butt and start fixing stuff”). She and her best friends, Angie and Jade, form the secret Karma Club, “to clean up the messes that the universe has been leaving behind,” swearing off boys and giving those who have wronged them a dose of what they dished out. Their pranks range from the humorous Operation Butter Face (replacing Heather's medicated acne cream with Crisco) to the serious (turning Mason in for cheating on his SATs). A rosy ending that verges on corny awaits Maddy, but not before she learns the real meaning of karma—that good deeds are rewarded. It's a well-paced comedy, with a nice balance of cinematic physical humor and genuine teen emotions. Ages 12–up. (May)
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“Equal parts fresh, funny, and engaging, The Karma Club is the story of one girl’s attempt to speed Karma along only to discover that Karma plays by its own rules. Jessica Brody has created a witty, endearing heroine in Maddy Kasparkova—this is one YA debut you won’t want to miss!” —Alyson Noel, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Evermore and Blue Moon

This book takes the drive and social focus of Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods and mashes it up with My Name is Earl’s Karma. The Karma Club is a cute, hilarious and heart-warming look into the difference between Karma that looks like revenge and the Karma of pay it forward.” —Justine magazine

“All the fun and intrigue of Gossip Girl, with the heart of a Sarah Dessen novel and the soul of the I Ching.” —Gabrielle Zevin, author of Elsewhere and Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

“The thing is, you can’t just order up some karma when another person does something wrong. You have to live your life well and just trust that the universe will reorder and reconcile other’s misdeeds. When Madison tries to take karma into her own hands, the universe laughs softly and turns the tables on her, which leads to a series of unfortunate events in her life. Lesson learned in this fun summer read.”—Kiwi magazine

“A very entertaining read filled with friendship, girls kicking butt, and taking a break from boys.   I love books with girls taking charge - and this one fits the bill perfectly.”— TeensReadToo.com, reviewed by Jennifer Rummel, FIVE STAR review

“Written with wit and panache. Readers will have fun with this one, and it might make them think a little, too.” —Booklist

“It’s a well-paced comedy, with a nice balance of cinematic physical humor and genuine teen emotions.” —Publishers Weekly

The action-packed narrative builds an impressive amount of suspense for what is essentially a comic romance, and readers might learn a thing or two about Buddhist philosophy along the way.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This fun, fast-paced read will bring a smile to the face of anyone who has dealt with high school’s ups and downs, and will make them think before they meddle with fortune.” School Library Journal

The Karma Club is exactly the book you’d want to read after getting dumped. With an effortless understanding of the teen landscape, Jessica Brody takes the classic tale of “what goes around, comes around” and crafts a fresh, funny, relatable story that proves it’s never to late to admit your mistakes and set Karma back on its natural course.”  —Rosalind Wiseman, New YorkTimes best-selling author of Queen Bees & Wannabees

VOYA - CJ Bott
Seniors Maddy, Angie, and Jade take time out from waiting for college acceptance letters to form the Karma Club, but their interpretation of Karma is "what goes around comes around," and they plan to send plenty toward the boys who betrayed them. Believing revenge is the best way to get even or achieve balance, they break laws, frame one of their ex-boyfriends for shoplifting, spread lies through the Internet about another boy's preference for older women, and expose another's crime of paying someone $5,000 to retake the SAT for him. Soon the consequences of the girls' actions come back to them, and Maddie realizes that Karma works alone. The best thing she can do is give life her best. Though the characters are seniors, their behaviors are younger—but that makes this a good read for middle school girls. And it is definitely a girl's book as boys, except for one toward the end, are only shown in negative ways. The book reads well, is humorous, and teaches important lessons—most learned the hard way. On the last page, Maddie writes an article about her Karma Club, which has gone public in doing good deeds, including the creation of a web site, www.thekarmaclub.org. The web site not only promotes the book but also gives "everyday tips for a better world." Jessica Brody may have started a movement, a positive one. Reviewer: CJ Bott
Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
High-school-senior Maddy Kasparkova was sure that Karma has treated her fairly in the past—forcing her to eat disgusting cafeteria food when she nabbed her sister's lunch yet awarding her a dog when she volunteered at the pound. But, when her hunky boy friend, Mason, dumps her for Heather Campbell, the dream girl even Maddy has a crush on, and nothing happens to him, she and her two best friends, Angie and Jade, decide to take Karma into their own hands. They device ludicrously elaborate plots to bring down not only Mason but also Heather and Angie's and Jade's exes, too. When the Karma Club they form spreads the news that Mason cheated on his SATs, resulting in his losing his early-decision admission to Amherst, and when Heather's face breaks out because of the Crisco the girls put into her face-cream, and when Angie's ex gets propositioned by older women because of an ad they post on a dating Web site—they are sure they have succeeded. Heather's friend Jenna, however, finds the notebook in which Maddy has described the Club's deeds and threatens to unmask them unless they devise something similarly nefarious in the next week to bring down Jenna's ex, Spencer, whom Maddy has secretly started dating. By the end of a tense week, she figures out how to save her love life, her friendships, and her integrity, largely by finally telling the truth. Readers who enjoy intricate plot machinations, have an exceptionally high ability to suspend disbelief, and do not mind shallow, undeveloped characters will find this book a romp. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Madison Kasparkova's world is destroyed when her seemingly perfect boyfriend cheats on her. After her mom takes her on a New Age retreat that gets the teen thinking about karma, she decides not to wait for the universe to set things right and enlists her friends' help in seeking revenge on those who've ever hurt them. They create a Karma Club and go about evening the score with their enemies, such as replacing a mean girl's acne medication with a Crisco mixture. Through their club, the girls learn how small choices can have dire or delightful consequences—for them as well as for others. Brody explores the lengths teenage girls will go to in order to restore balance in their chaos-filled lives. This fun, fast-paced read will bring a smile to the face of anyone who has dealt with high school's ups and downs, and will make them think before they meddle with fortune.—Katie Hageman, Gar-Field High School, Woodbridge, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Debut novelist Brody has created a bright, funny protagonist who is immensely likable. When she is dumped by her boyfriend Mason in a brutally humiliating way, Maddy Kasparkova and her loyal sidekicks, Jade and Angie, decide to swear off romance and take payback into their own hands rather than wait for karma to catch up with their enemies. Armed with a surplus of snappy dialogue and schadenfreude, the Karma Club stages elaborate schemes to get even with Mason and the other boys who have broken their hearts. But their ingenious success in the vengeance game only brings Maddy and her friends more trouble, and when they find themselves backed into a difficult corner, it is Maddy's secret new Prince Charming who engineers their rescue. Readers will root for Maddy even as her thirst for revenge leads her into ever more cringe-inducing scenarios. The action-packed narrative builds an impressive amount of suspense for what is essentially a comic romance, and readers might learn a thing or two about Buddhist philosophy along the way. (Fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374339791
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Brody

Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started "self-publishing" her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples and electrical tape.
 
Brody graduated from Smith College in 2001 with a double major in Economics and French and a minor in Japanese. She went to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development, and then, in 2005, she quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.
 
Brody is the author of the young adult novel My Life Undecided and two novels for adults--The Fidelity Files and Love Under Cover. Jessica's books are published in over ten foreign countries including the U.K., France, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, Brazil, China, Portugal, and Taiwan. She now works full time as a writer and producer, and currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Colorado.

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THE HUNKY DOUGH BOY

 

My phone seems to be ringing louder than usual today. And there’s a certain urgency in its tone that makes this incoming call somehow sound more important than most.

     I stare at it for a moment and then quickly decide to ignore the call. I’m in the middle of studying for a very important European history test and I really don’t want to be bothered.

     The phone rings again.

     I don’t need to look at the caller ID to know that it’s Angie who’s being so freaking persistent. My friends all have their own ring tones. Angie’s happens to be a very popular hip-hop song that she insists she started liking way before everyone else did. Personally, I think she just doesn’t want to admit that she’s in any way “mainstream.” It would damage that subtle counterculture reputation she’s spent so long perfecting.

     Either way, I think this particular song lost its appeal after about twelve rings. And given the fact that Angie calls me at least sixteen times a day, I am now officially sick of it.

     I ignore Angie’s call again and continue reading about the storming of the Bastille. Whatever is so important can at least wait until King Louis XVI gets his head chopped off.

     The phone rings a third time.

     Finally, I groan and pick it up. “What?”

     Normally, Angie would berate me for my unfriendly greeting, but this afternoon, apparently, she has bigger things to worry about than my tone. “Maddy, get down to Miller’s now.”

     “I can’t. I’m studying for my history test,” I say, slightly annoyed.

     “Drop everything and get your butt down here,” she practically growls into the phone. “I promise, it’s more exciting than the French Revolution.”

     “Yeah, like that’s hard,” I reply sarcastically.

     “Just come.” And with that she hangs up the phone.

     Angie has been my best friend since the sixth grade. She probably knows me better than anyone else in my life. For instance, she knows that, right now, I’ll sulk around my room for the next few minutes debating about whether or not I really want to give in to her demands. Then I’ll eventually close my textbook with a scowl, slip on my shoes, and drive the twelve blocks to Miller’s Drug Store, where she works quarter-time as a cashier. I say quarter-time instead of part-time, because although it is a part-time job, she spends only half of the time working and the other half reading magazines from the rack next to the register.

     I pull into the store parking lot exactly nine minutes later, and I know she’ll be patting herself on the back when I walk through the door, incredibly proud of her ability to clock my decision-making process down to the minute.

     I trudge into the empty store and approach the register, where she’s flipping through the new February issue of Contempo Girl, our mutually favorite magazine. Although we have completely different reasons for liking it. I enjoy reading the sections about the new fashion trends, latest celebrity gossip, and relationship advice, while Angie, as far as I can tell, just likes reading it so she can have a replenishing supply of people and products to criticize.

     “What’s so important you couldn’t just tell me on the phone?”

     Angie looks up and, without even so much as a hello, shoves the magazine into my hands. I manage to catch it just before it falls to the floor.

     “Turn to page thirty-five.”

     I shift my weight onto one foot and, with a frustrated sigh, open the now crumpled magazine. As I flick brusquely through the pages, I say, “You know, this history test tomorrow is my only chance to bring my B up to an A and I don’t really appreciate the fact that you dragged me down here just to gripe about whatever—” I stop suddenly with a gasp when I see the page in front of me.

     Angie watches me with a satisfied I-told-you-so grin on her face.

     “Oh my God!” I exclaim as I stare down at the page in disbelief. “They published it?”

     She nods excitedly. “Yes!”

     “They actually published it?” I still can’t seem to wrap my head around what I’m seeing in front of me.

     “I told you it was more exciting than the French Revolution.”

     I fold over the front half of the magazine and bring it closer to my face so I can study the paragraph-long block of text that takes up approximately one fifth of the page. Above it is the name MASON BROOKS printed in large, bold letters, and right next to that is a picture of my boyfriend. Yes, my boyfriend, in Contempo Girl magazine for all to see!

     I submitted his picture to the magazine’s monthly “Meet My Boyfriend” competition. But that was like six months ago. And after three months of running to the store the minute the latest issue was released to see if they had chosen my submission, I pretty much gave up on the whole thing.

     You see, each month they pick only five guys to feature. Mason is our senior class president, just recently scored a 2350 on his SATs, is one of the best players on our varsity soccer team, and he already has an early acceptance letter to Amherst College for next year. Plus, I think he’s hot. Like really hot. I know I’m biased and everything, but he’s got these incredible green eyes and long dark lashes. His skin is olive colored, and the hair on his head is dark and thick, really good for running your fingers through.

     Anyway, I know the fact that he’s hot and an amazing soccer player and manages to juggle being class president is really impressive. I mean, personally I’m impressed by him every day. But I never thought in a million years that Contempo Girl would actually pick him. Well, maybe I’ve had a few fleeting fantasies about it. Something along the lines of Mason’s picture gets selected, everyone at the school sees it, I experience one of those insta-popularities that only happens in cheesy teen movies and maybe even score a nomination for prom queen. My clothes magically become more trendy (either because I suddenly know how to pick out trendy clothes or because everyone simply idolizes anything I wear and so it doesn’t even matter), and just like that, Mason and I become the most popular couple at Colonial High.

     However, this is far more exciting than anything I ever imagined. Not to mention totally surreal.

     “Read it aloud,” Angie insists. “It’s a really good article.”

     I grasp the magazine tightly and begin reading from the page. “Mason Brooks, senior at Colonial High School in Pine Valley, CA, has been hopelessly devoted to his girlfriend, Madison Kasparkova, since sophomore year.” I stop reading and look up at Angie with a dopey smile on my face. “That’s me!”

     “I know.” She rolls her eyes. “Keep reading.”

     I drop my head back down and pick up where I left off. “In a graduating class of just over four hundred students, they didn’t meet until both of them decided to take jobs working as counselors at a local summer camp. They have been together ever since. ‘He’s so sweet to me,’ says Madison, age seventeen. ‘He always knows when I’m in a bad mood or not having a good day and shows up at my door with my favorite candy: Chewy Runts. They’re really hard to find sometimes. They don’t sell them everywhere. But somehow he always manages to find them. Like he has a Chewy Runts Locating Device hidden in his closet or something.’ “

     I look up again. “Yeah, I wrote that! I really did!” I beam.

     “I know,” Angie replies again. “You only made me read the letter like fifty times before you sent it.”

     “It’s funny, right? Do you think it’s funny?” I ask, suddenly paranoid about everyone in the world reading these lines and thinking I’m totally lame for saying “Chewy Runts Locating Device.”

     “Yes,” Angie grudgingly reassures me. “It’s funny. It was funny when you wrote it. It’s still funny now.”

     Somewhat satisfied, I turn back to the magazine. “When Mason Brooks isn’t spending time with his smitten, sweet-toothed girlfriend, he fulfills his duties as senior class president and a part-time chef at a local pizzeria. But don’t get too floured by this hunky dough boy, ladies. Mason and Madison have already made plans to attend the same college after graduation. It sounds like this perfect pairing was made to last.”

     I stand in complete astonishment as I try to grasp everything that has happened in the last five minutes. My boyfriend, Mason Brooks, featured in Contempo Girl magazine! They even called him a “hunky dough boy.” Well, yeah, it’s a bit cheesy, but so what? This is huge! Every girl in the country is going to see this. Every girl in the country is going to be pining after my boyfriend.

     Suddenly, I hear a high-pitched, overly excited shriek coming from the direction of the drugstore’s front entrance and I realize that I wasn’t the only person Angie called with the news.

     “Where is it? Let me see it. How does he look? Oh my God, this is so exciting!”

     Angie and I turn to see our other best friend, Jade, running into the store, completely red faced, her shoulder-length, sandy blond hair flipping wildly behind her. She scurries over to the register and tries to grab the magazine from my tightly grasping fingers. “Lemme see!” she squeals.

     I pass the magazine to Jade and watch intently as her face lights up like a Christmas tree and her eyes skim the article.

     Her head pops up. “They quoted you!”

     My beaming grin never falters. “I know.”

     “That’s so cool,” she muses as she continues reading. I watch her face for further reaction, and then finally she cracks up laughing. “ ‘Chewy Runts Locating Device.’ That’s hilarious.”

     “You think?” I ask again.

     Jade nods with decisiveness. “Definitely funny.”

     Angie shakes her head at us and turns to help a customer who has just appeared at the register. Jade and I instinctively step a few feet away to spare the stranger the agony of listening to our intrusively loud, girlie shrieks.

     “But Mason doesn’t work at the pizza place anymore,” Jade points out.

     I simply shrug. “He did when I sent in his picture. But I doubt it matters.”

     In fact, Mason quit his job at Brooklyn Pizza after only six months of working there. And honestly, I’m not really sure why he needed the extra money to begin with—his parents basically pay for everything he wants anyway.

     Jade finishes the article, then looks at me in amazement. “Wow.”

     I take the magazine back from her and hold it tightly in my grasp, as if dropping it would cause the whole thing to shatter into a million pieces and I might actually wake up from this crazy dream.

     Angie finishes helping the older lady with her purchase of two-in-one shampoo and conditioner and a bag of cotton balls and steps out from behind the counter to join us.

     Jade affectionately puts an arm around my shoulder. “This is big.” She sums up my feelings in three little words.

     I gaze absently straight ahead. “I don’t even know what to do with myself.”

     Angie laughs and shakes her head. “Well, Maddy,” she says in a serious tone. “The first thing you’re gonna do is buy that magazine because, honestly, you’ve already crumpled it all up with your sweaty fingers and it’s completely unsellable now. Then you’re going to go home and study for your European history test because, believe it or not, Mrs. Spitz is not going to take this”—she taps her finger against the magazine—”as an acceptable excuse for not knowing about Marie Antoinette and Louis the Thirty-second.”

     “Sixteenth,” I correct her.

     “Whatever. They’re all ugly with big noses. Louis le Grande Schnoz is more like it.”

     I giggle. Angie’s one of those people that can always be counted on to stay calm and rational during any time of crisis or extreme excitement. If she had been on the Titanic when it started to sink, she definitely would not have been one of those women screaming and running around like headless chickens. She would have been one of the people organizing everyone else and telling them to shut up and get on the flipping lifeboat because screaming is clearly not going to get you anywhere . . . except the bottom of the ocean.

     I reach into the pocket of my jeans and produce a few dollar bills, which I hand over to Angie. She walks back to the register, rings up the slightly mangled magazine, and holds out my change. “Thanks for shopping at Miller’s,” she says brightly and with only a hint of sarcasm.

     I say goodbye to both my friends, mumbling something about my test, and then drive back to my house in somewhat of a daze. I immediately make a plan to go back to the drugstore tomorrow to buy at least twenty copies of the magazine. Or however many my diminished bank account will allow. Because this is definitely the kind of thing you’d want to be able to show your grandchildren when you— Crap! I have to call Mason. He doesn’t even know that his face is plastered in magazines across the country, dressed in his sauce-stained Brooklyn Pizza apron with a smudge of flour on his left cheek. I chose that specific picture, as opposed to the generic shirtless picture that I’m sure every girl chooses, because I thought it made him look humble and down-to-earth and really captured his whole Mason essence.

     I’m totally anxious to get home and whip out my cell phone. My dad has lectured me way too many times about the law in California that prohibits anyone from using a cell phone while driving, unless it’s with a headset. But if you’re under eighteen, you can’t even do that. And not wanting to risk losing my cell phone or my driving privileges, I always wait—rather impatiently, I might add—until I get to my destination before making or taking any calls. This can get really annoying with Angie’s habit of calling repeatedly until I pick up.

     I press the first speed-dial button and wait for Mason to answer. It goes straight to voice mail. Oh, right. I forgot he’s still at soccer practice.

     I am tempted to drive over to the soccer field and wait for him to finish practice so I can show him the article, but I know that my history book is waiting for me upstairs, and I cannot fail this test tomorrow. I need to keep my GPA up if I am ever going to be accepted to Amherst with Mason.

     So I drag myself into the house, up the stairs, and into my bedroom. As I settle back into more reading about the French’s love of the guillotine and the forming of the National Assembly, my phone rings again. This time it’s Jade, and I answer it using the justification that the French Revolution happened like hundreds of years ago and all this stuff is happening right now. And isn’t everyone always telling us to live in the now?

     “Omigod,” she says breathlessly as soon as I answer. “I just realized what this whole magazine article thing means.”

     “What?”

     “It means we’ll finally be able to get into the Loft.” She pronounces the word Loft in a loud whisper, as if it’s the location of a top secret CIA drop point where confidential information is going to be exchanged at 0900 hours.

     “You think? All because of this?” I ask, feeling skeptical.

     “Of course!” Jade yells in my ear. “Hello? Mason is going to be like the most popular guy in school after this. And since you’re his girlfriend and we’re your friends, we’ll totally get in.”

Excerpted from The Karma Club by Jessica Brody.

Copyright © 2010 by Jessica Brody.

Published in 2010 by Farrar Straus Giroux.

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 3

The Hunky Dough Boy 5

The Heather Campbell of Colonial High 17

Behind Door Number Three 27

The Great Escape 38

The Dalai Who? 49

Waiting on the World to Change 63

Operation Splitsville 72

Operation Butter Face 80

Charmed, I'm Sure 97

Operation Cross-Dresser 104

The Legend of the Great Granny Panty Bandit 111

An Unexpected Apology 120

Operation Mrs. Robinson 128

The Proof Is in the Facebook Profile 137

Good News Travels Fast 143

Bathroom Stall Confessions 148

Dr. Jekyll Mr. Cooper 153

Secret Love Affair 162

Something Wicked This Way Comes 170

Truth Be Told 178

Beware of the Turkey Chili 187

My Own TV Crime Drama 194

The Butterfly Effect 202

Spen, the Swedish Intern 207

Hurricane Jenna 212

The Ultimate Ultimatum 215

Returning to Ground Zero 222

The Space-Time Continuum 228

The New Godfather 236

Kisses for Karma? 242

A Test of Faith 248

Operation Pay Forward 252

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Madison has the perfect boyfriend. She even sent in his photo to an uber-popular magazine for best boyfriend. Once they publish his photo, she hopes they will rise in popularity.

    She couldn't be happier gaining entrance to the exclusive parties at the Loft, until she finds her boyfriend making out with Queen Bee Heather Campbell. She rushes out of the party and waits for him to call and apologize. The phone call never comes.

    Instead, Madison must face the new "It" couple on Monday. She spends the week wallowing, until her mother forces her on a field trip - where she has a brilliant idea.

    Boys break hearts and nothing ever happens as a consequence, so Madison and her two BFFs start up a Karma Club to take back what matters most to the boys who broke their hearts.

    Will messing with Karma come back to bite them in the butt?

    A very entertaining read filled with friendship, girls kicking butt, and taking a break from boys. I love books with girls taking charge - and this one fits the bill perfectly.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Amazing

    I thought this was a very good book!!! It is very realistic and i read it all in 3 hours. I would suggest to read it!!! But i am telling you it is a little on the " adult" side and if you are under the age of 12 you should not read this book. But all in all it is a very great book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    Totally addicting!!!

    I love this book! I really enoyed reading it, and i couldnt put it down. I finished it in a day! It was really addicting and every page had some kind of excitement. The karma club was a really great book and i would totally suggest it to my friends and family. It might gave been a little mature for my age, but i still loved the story line and the characters. I highly suggest this book!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    MYSECOND FAV BOOK EVA .. i think i cant choose .... Anyways! thi

    MYSECOND FAV BOOK EVA .. i think i cant choose .... Anyways! this book is really good and has turns and twist and omfg moments and omg! its to hard to explain its awesomeness ...............I dare you to read this book then say i dont like it cuz i bet you wont be able to i know couldnt id probally shoot myslef before saying that ignore the haters on this review because this book deserves a google rating

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    i love love loved this book its my fav book in the whole world c

    i love love loved this book its my fav book in the whole world cuz this book 2 me wasnt like any other book that u c in a everday school library this book has a good lesson 2 it and i couldnt put the book down at all i read it like everyday 2 hours each maybe more this book never bores u and i mean never there is always something new coming i read this in class and i got rlly excited about a part i practiclly jumped out of my seat i couldnt ask for a better book and those ppl who said 1 star dont listen 2 them they must be crazy its a must read just read it

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    a must read before you die

    ok this book is reall really good its my fav book and ive read lots and lots of books i think jessica brody should make more books like this but no one will ever be able to beat this one i screamed i cried i laughed with the main character of course instead of throwing up in a alley i would probally beat the guy up A MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2011

    Amazing!

    I am 13 and LOVE this book! It may be some what inapropiate for my age range, but it waas great. A pretty quick read- I couldnt put it down. It was funny, and I felt as if I was right along the characters witnessing every detailed scene!!

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    Whoa

    For a while, I got off my game and put off reading. Then i found this book. I read this within one day, on Christmas. So I obviously had family stuff but I loved this book so much that I fit in a enough time time finish it. I would recomend this to anyone who's looking for a comical, romantic and addicting book :)

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

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    Cute story, but not the most sympathetic characters

    Madison Kasparkova, has a textbook-perfect boyfriend, Mason, and two wonderful best friends, Angie and Jade, but what Maddy really wants out of life is hardcore popularity. To that end, she sends her boyfriend's photo and mini-bio to a teen magazine so that he'll be featured and everyone will envy her when they read the article about him, thus catapulting her to new social heights. Her plan backfires, because after the article runs, Mason dumps her for the queen bee of their high school. Maddy decides that because he hurt her, she needs to pay him back in kind. Angie and Jade are more than willing to help her form a Karma Club to avenge herself on Mason, because it means that they'll get to dole out some tail-kicking karma to their own awful ex-boyfriends.

    I don't really like the premise. The girls complain about how horrible it is that bad people don't get paid back for their bad deeds, but what they really mean is that anyone who has been mean to the three of them shouldn't go unpunished. When forming the club, Maddy stipulates, "No one can know that we are in any way responsible for what is about to happen. Everything has to be completely and utterly anonymous. Untraceable. Otherwise, it wouldn't be Karma. It would just be three bitter girls trying to get back at a bunch of their ex-boyfriends and the girl who stole one of them, which isn't the point at all" (pg 69). It sounds to me like it's exactly the point, otherwise the girls wouldn't be trying to forcibly induce karmic balance for only the people who've personally wounded them. I think I would have enjoyed the story more if Maddy and her friends had been more honest about their motivations--I could really get into a book called the Bitter Revenge Club.

    Maddy's not an awful person, but I couldn't connect to her because it seemed that pre-breakup, all she wanted was popularity, and post-breakup all she wanted was for Mason to be miserable. She's a second-semester senior, and her goals make her feel like a much younger teen. The character I liked best was Spencer, the most popular boy in school, who takes an interest in Maddy and turns out to be less shallow than he originally appears.

    Of course, by the end the girls all learn a big lesson about the dangers of seeking revenge, so that's an upside. The Karma Club isn't a bad book at all--it just didn't work for me.

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  • Posted August 5, 2010

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    Real and Hilarious

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    "'It's time to start balancing out the universe.'"

    Madison Kasparkova had always wanted to be popular and to hang out with the most popular girl in her high school; Heather Campbell. Then one day, she found a way (Well, not really--Angie, her friend was the one who found the article in the magazine, but still), she was the one who submitted her boyfriend's profile to Contempo Girl, the 'it' magazine.

    Maddy was right--she was popular the next day. Jade even thinks they can get in the Loft because of Mason's (Maddy's boyfriend) increasing popularity. And they were, invited to the Loft by Heather Campbell personally.

    Maddy saw the Mason who was staring at Heather and she asked it bluntly if Mason would want to date Heather if there's a chance to. Mason said no. Mason had said why would he want to date anyone else when he has Maddy, too. Maddy believed Mason.

    Of course, only until she walked in on Heather and Mason making out on the bed on the Loft.

    Then her mom dragged her to learn more about spiritual health, after witnessing her daughter's heart broken. Karma karma karma.

    Maddy knows because of Jade (her other best friend) that karma is supposed to pay back people. Well, Maddy knows better than just to wait for karma to happen a decade or eons later; she wants it now Now NOW. Besides, Jade and Angie's ex boyfriends needed some reality call from their heavenly life anyway.

    And, the Karma Club was born. The pact even promised that they wouldn't date anyone until their senior year is done (they are seniors, by the way).

    Then Maddy met Spencer. Spencer Cooper is the rich and handsome guy whose parents owns the Loft that the popular kids hang out in. Somehow, just like The Great Gatsby, Spencer does not actually attend the parties. It's not his thing. More of his girlfriend.

    Spencer actually isn't the rich snotty brat Maddy thinks he's supposed to be. In fact, he's sweet, really. So...there's Jenna LeRoux, Heather's best friend, Spencer's girlfriend.

    Something happened and Jenna dumped Spencer, and Jenna founded the pink notebook of the Karma Club. Jenna will give it back, in exchange for the Karma Club to mess with Spencer's life.

    What will Maddy do?

    What I love about this book: It's funny and realistic. Hilarious. Seriously. This book makes you laugh from cover to cover, be it from Maddy's reaction to certain things or the way the Karma Club inflicts revenge to their targets. It's realistic in a way that anybody could relate to--got dumped, wanting revenge.

    What I dislike about this book: I didn't dislike anything, it was fun reading this from beginning to end! :D

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  • Posted July 5, 2010

    Karma at its worst

    THE KARMA CLUB, by Jessica Brody, was a test of faith and balance of the universe. Maddy felt that Karma skipped over her and her friends so they took it into their hands to create The Karma Club to balance the wrongs that their past boyfriends did to them. You can probably see what trouble they will encounter at this point...

    I am instantly drawn to any book that is karma-related. I love the idea of karma and the practice of finding balance for yourself. But when human emotions and actions step in, this idea can throw the balance out of whack. Karma is the most perfect thing in this universe. There are rules that can never be broken and if they are, an "alternate" will be created to balance out again. Basically, it is a pretty awesome concept.

    The plot for this book was fantastic but I had such a hard time connecting with the characters. I felt that Maddy was an okay character. The break-up between Mason and Maddy was over too soon I think, I wish there were more instances of confrontation to build up the hate more. And I felt that Spencer could have been fleshed out more too. I liked them as a couple but I really wanted to get to know him, with him I felt like Maddy was just looking for something to do when she wasn't worried about revenge. Jade and Angie were my favorite characters though. I connected with them better than Maddy because they seemed more real and more apt to deal with revenge.

    Overall, I liked this book, but more for the idea of it than the characters.

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

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    The Karma Club- Witty, Original, and Inspirational!

    I'm a huge fan of Jessica Brody's books, so when I heard she would be making the switch to YA for her next novel I was beyond ecstatic, and when I received a copy of said book, I was even more so. Though, I have to admit that I did have a tiny nagging voice in my head that kept saying what if it isn't as great and well done as her adult novels.

    And at first that nagging voice proved to be true, I wasn't exceedingly impressed with The Karma Club, but as plot points and characters became more developed and drama, along with inspiring messages, came pouring in, my worries were thrown to the waste basket as I rushed through this novel eager to find out what was going to happen next.

    The plot of this was fun and something that fans of Suzanne Young's The Naughty List series and Elizabeth Eulberg's The Lonely Hearts Club are going to eat right up. I loved seeing the girls get revenge on people who did them wrong since not only did it prove humor but life lessons, I guess you would say, about Karma and how revenge isn't always the best choice.

    And I think it goes without saying that I adored the characters in The Karma Club. Since all three girls- Angie, Maddy, and Jade- were smart, witty, and honest. My favorite out of the three would probably have to be Maddy, the protagonist. Since I loved seeing her relationship with a certain swoon-worthy boy develop, as well as getting closer look into her quandary about what was right and wrong when it came to Karma and life. Also she was a great friend even if she did lie at times to protect people.

    Though, I did have one tiny problem with The Karma Club. What was that problem? Well I felt that some aspects that occurred in this occasionally fell too nicely into place, allowing the girls to quickly get by the trouble they faced. But this wasn't the biggest of problems, so I'm not going to let it get me down about The Karma Club.

    In all, The Karma Club is everything a debut should be- witty, original, and inspirational along with well written! I can't even began to say just how much I'm looking forward to reading Jessica's next novel!

    Grade: A+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2010

    Cant wait 4 dis!!!

    OMG i totally cant wait 4 dis 2 come out it looks SUPER GUD!!!!!

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