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Goodreads description: Life seems to have it in for Franny Flanders.
Her best friends aren’t speaking, her parents just divorced, and her hippie grandmother has moved in. The only karma Franny’s got is bad karma.
Then Franny gets her hands on a box of magic recipes that could fix all of her problems. It could even change the world! Finally, life is looking up.
But Franny is about to learn that magic and karma aren’t to be played with. When you mess with the universe, it can bite back in unexpected ways.
It’s been awhile since I’ve read a middle grade book, but there was something about this premise that really got my attention (karma…magic recipes…hippie grandmother—love it). And I’m so glad I read it. What a fun story. Franny is such an amazing character—freaking hilarious, for starters. She’s full of spunk and ridiculous energy, but she’s also insecure and freaks out like any good tween would do. This girl is the very definition of what it is to be twelve years old, and KARMA BITES defines middle school—the cliques, the unwritten rules, and the consequences of breaking them.
Oh my word, middle school sucks. And KARMA BITES illustrates just how badly, but in such a comical way. We see the hardships of middle school BFFery, the heartbreak of tween loooooove, the suck-arse nature of having to deal with crabby middle school teachers and the principal everybody loves to hate, and the horrors of cafeteria food. There are also the mean girls. Of course. Because it’s just not middle school without the mean girls whose heads you wish karma would just bite right off. And Franny? So adorable. I wanted to pinch her cheeks just to make her eyes roll. So. Pre. Teen.
Oh. And did I mention magic? Because there is plenty of it. At first, it’s like a freaking miracle for all the awesomeness it brings into her life . But it just would not be middle school if something as cool as magic didn’t go completely screwy. But this is really where the book makes you fly through it. Cracked me up, this girl, all her shenanigans (and believe me, I don’t use a word like shenanigans lightly). She’s like an updated, twelve-year old Lucille Ball, but if you have a heart AT ALL and a memory of being twelve, then you will cringe and probably get a little heartburn because OMG, I remember feeling EXACTLY as she feels in this. Oh the drama, the heartbreak, the SHUT-UP-THAT-DID-NOT-JUST-HAPPEN moments that make you want to dig a hole and crawl into it. I totally could’ve been Franny (if I’d had red hair, a little more spunk, and way more nerve).
KARMA BITES is such a funny read, but it has heart, too. And you will never see monks in the same way again. Seriously.
P.S. I know I aimed this review at adults, but it’s only because I don’t have a lot of ten-twelve year olds following my blog. BUT. I think tweens (and probably a few years younger/older) would enjoy KARMA BITES as well.
P.P.S. KARMA BITES is now available.