Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver
Novel Rating 3/5 ⭐
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?
*This novel was given to me in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are indeed my own.*
Sublime Karma had more to it than I really expected from it. The plot was interesting enough to keep my attention, the book really touched on sensitive subjects that come across in real life high school experiences. As readers, we learn really fast that one of our main characters Brie struggles with harmful behavior towards herself. So to my readers who are easily triggered please be warned that Sublime Karma has sensitive material and the book does not have a TW, the author kindly informed me to this matter.
The only thing I really had trouble with in this book was that attention to detail wasn’t really there. Events are talked about between characters that never happened on screen to the reader and it really messed me up because I thought maybe I had skipped a chapter, so I would go back looking for that event but it wouldn’t be there. The events were staged off-screen from the reader and then characters would talk about the event after the fact.
For a short example;
(minor spoilers ahead.)
on page 64, chapter 8. Our other main character Jake invites Brie to sit at his lunch table and throughout chapter 8 that’s mostly all that is talked about in the chapter but at the end of the chapter it ends with Brie talking to the girls in her art class & we never get to see the scene with them sitting together at lunch.
Another example would be on page 70. It is revealed that a character in the book named Ryan had asked Brie to wear his jersey for spirit week, but upon research, this scene never took place on stage of the novel for the reader to view.
In all the read was enjoyable! Thank you to the author for sending me a copy to review! You can get it here.
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