Hey Guys! I took my LNAT (Law National Admissions Test) today… and then I had a shoot for a tv show. Basically, today was the most hectic and intense day ever. The fact that I am staving off the snapping jaws of tiredness right now is proof that I really like today’s book.
I am so excited to be participating in a book tour for Sublime Karma! This book most strongly reminded me of Eleanor and Park. It is alternately the sweet dopamine trip of Rainbow Rowell with the roller coaster of John Green. Sublime Karma is engaging and honest. The romance is to die for. You’ll be cheering for the main characters from the first page.
In Sublime Karma, new student Brie is confronted with a slew of nasty girls who don’t like her. And, to top it all off, she’s started to fall for the ex-boyfriend of her biggest bully.
Jake is, more than anything, a sweetheart. When Brie becomes conspicuously missing after their encountering at homecoming, he ditches school to find her. Brie is in the hospital. She hid her habit of cutting for years and then, that day, she cut too deep.
Brie and Jake come together after a bout of honesty that leaves them both realizing people aren’t as perfect as they seem. Two revelations surface: Jake was abandoned by his mother and Brie has been abused by her stepfather.
The way that they begin to fall in love, “slowly and then all at once” as the saying goes, is so heartwarming to watch. Two characters who have had their fair share of hurt in the world are learning from each other how to have healthy relationships in spite of their insecurities and histories.
This book will give you butterflies. It is not a story about self-harm or family problems. Rather, it is about the redemptive power of teenage love. Brie and Jake have that hormone-fueled power to deeply, deeply care about someone other than themselves. Teenage relationships are often seen as folly, but when they allow people to take that first step out of selfishness, they are some of the most valuable experiences you can have.
This book also handles a couple of delicate subjects very well. The very accessible venue of a YA romance is a perfect opportunity to introduce people to heavier subjects without overwhelming them. Though I will give a trigger warning that the book contains two descriptive instances of self-harm, the book stays away from dramatization and glorification of mental illness. Brie is portrayed as a full, complete person, undefined by her addiction. Finding characters that struggle with mental illness is difficult. Characters whose struggle with mental illness is not their whole character is a precious rarity.
Sublime Karma is a hopeful story about recovery from mental illness, escape from complicated family life, and the power of young love. I loved the butterfly moments of this book as much as I appreciated the heartfelt ones.
In the end I give it 4/5 stars and recommend it to any fans of the TFIOS and Rowell.
About the Book:
Title: SUBLIME KARMA
Author: Peyton Garver
Pub. Date: May 28, 2017
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Formats: Paperback eBook
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 is an edgy YA with issues of bullying, self harm, and attempted suicide…with an HEA ending.
As a child, Peyton called places like Livorno, Italy; Orléans, France; and Augsburg, Germany home. She has since settled in Maryland, where she earned her degree in education at Towson State University, married her sweetheart of two years, and became an instant mother to three spirited young boys before adding another son to the brood. And, with their yellow lab George, it’s no stretch to say she’s outnumbered.
When not writing, Peyton is a full time teacher. Inspired by the individual spirits, heartaches, and triumphs of her students, Peyton has developed characters who resemble real world teens dealing with real issues: relationships, jealousy, bullying, and depression. Her newest novel, Sublime Karma, is a contemporary
story filled with emotion, depth, wit, and suspense. Sublime Karma was published in the fall of 2016 by Soulmate Publishing.
When asked if she actually involves her students in her stories, Peyton answered that her stories are completely fictional, but then admitted to an activity in which she does involve them. “One quirky, fun thing I like to do with students who have read my book is develop a dream cast for my characters. That all started when a group of girls were arguing over which actor they thought best fit the character Four in Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent. They then turned their efforts to my manuscript. I’ve since added those dream casts to my website.”
When she’s not teaching or writing, Peyton enjoys traveling. The Caribbean Islands have become a favorite vacation getaway for Peyton and her husband. “Nothing is better than sitting on a beach, in front of the crystal clear sea, enveloped in the warmth of the tropical sun with a frosty piña colada and a good book that I just can’t put down.”
1 winner will receive TWO signed a finished copies of SUBLJME KARMA 1 for them and one for the high school of the winner’s choice to be dedicated in their name and a $10 Amazon Gift Card, US Only.
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