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Content Review: Karma Bites by Stacy Kramer, Valerie Thomas

Karma Bites Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Sandpiper (August 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054736301X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547363011
  • 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.
Ouch!


Sexual Content:

Minor
    -A few mentions of kissing and making out (no details)
    -Mention of starting her period
    -Mention of a girl putting her boobs practically in a guys face, and some reference to her as "boob girl"
    -Mention of "Pretty Woman" movie and "I Kissed a Girl" song by Katy Perry.


Language:

Minor
    -A few uses of God, butt, pissed and screwed


Violence:

None- though there is some bullying from the popular crowd


Other Notables:

-Grandma is into new age-ish magic (white magic), Hindu religion, Karma, Reincarnation, the occult, etc.
-The book is about a magic box that gives the owner spells and recipes to make things happen.  These recipes are written throughout the book.  


Was it any good?
    -This was a pretty cute book.  It dealt a lot with the popular crowd bullying the "geeks".  Middle school girls who like chick lit will probably really enjoy it!  Even though Franny misuses the box, she ultimately does want what's best for her friends, school, and society as a whole.  She was a very likable girl!


Rating:

7 out of 10
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