Title – Sublime Karma
Author – Peyton Garver
Publisher – Soul Mate Publishing
Genre – Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
My Rating – 4/5
When Brie’s stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it’s not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded, senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she’d overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever happened to her?
Jake has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now there is competition: the captain of her cross-country team. Jake’s romantic histories with the girl next door and the school’s queen bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie. Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past?
I received a copy of Sublime Karma from the author Peyton Garver in exchange for an honest review.
From the blurb, I expected the book to be about bullying and high school cliques. Naturally, I was quite surprised when I realized that the book focused far more on the personal lives of Jake and Brie, and not so much on the bullying. I read through the book in under a day right before my exam (who needs marks anyways right……. ) and here’s what I thought.
The first thing that I feel is important to mention here is Trigger Warning – the book does deal with bullying, self-harm and other such issues.
I was born and brought up in India, and to be honest, I was never quite exposed to the issues discussed in this book so they were quite jarring for me. There was some bullying in my schools but not quite of the scale discussed in the book. I don’t really know a lot about self-harm, so I can’t really comment on it. I will say that this is the first time I’ve read about it.
The plot itself was very interesting. I flipped through it quite easily and I wanted to know how it ended for the two characters throughout. I did find the plot a little uneven, as I kept losing track of how we the story got from one point to the next and having to go back. The introduction had me slightly confused but once I moved on the main plot line it got far more interesting.
Lets begin by talking about Jake. I really enjoyed Jake’s character as he wasn’t just an obnoxious jock. I loved how he was so responsible when it came to his family and his sister. For those who aren’t fans of insta-love, Jake might come of as a little cliche, but otherwise he was pretty nice.
I couldn’t quite get a read on Brie. I started out liking her, but by the end my opinions of her became pretty conflicted. While I understand her problems and hardships, her running out on Jake every time they had a minor bump did annoy me. I also really wish there was more character building for both the characters before they were introduced.
The character I was most interested in from the start was Ari, Jake’s neighbor. I was somehow drawn to her character from the start and was very surprised by the end.
Overall, Sublime Karma gets 3.5 (4) stars from me!
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