Published April 27th 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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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.
The Karma Club is an extremely quick and light read. It's not full of deep emotions or complex twists and turns, but that doesn't mean it's not enjoyable. I had a lot of little problems with it, but they were just that - little.
I love the idea of The Karma Club, since, essentially, it's all about giving people what they deserve and how revenge doesn't always work out. When Maddy decides she wants revenge on her cheating boyfriend and ropes her friends into it, you kind of know that something is going to go wrong.
The main problem I think I had was the relationship between Spencer and Maddy. Spencer sort of falls flat as a character because we know next to nothing about him or his personality. Maybe that's because he's not a huge part of the book, but I still wish he could have had more of a personality.
And we never get to find out why her boyfriend cheated. He barely says two words throughout the entire book. And since the cheating incident is basically the foreground for everything, I feel like that's something we should have been told about.
Maddy had a narrative that was easy to read through. Her emotions weren't very deep, but she was a fun character, which was something I really liked. She was pretty easy to relate to, too. I know some people think she should have been more torn up about her boyfriend, but I think I would've been more angry than sad, too. I definitely would have wanted revenge. I think the way Maddy and her friends went about it might have been a little childish, though.
Overall: I really don't know what to say about The Karma Club. It's not one of those books that's going to stick with me - it's forgettable. But at the same time, I really enjoyed it while I was reading and finished it in one sitting. It wasn't something I felt like I'd read dozens of times, so I give it 3 stars.