I really, really wanted to like this book.
I think I just had a big problem with the central idea; it’s not karma if you’re just out doing bad things to people. The book either had to be really, really dark and twisted or have a super original voice to pull this off. I couldn't believe that a teen girl wouldn't know about karma and understand how it works. At many parts when she was supposed to be in control, Maddy just came off as clueless.
Having said that, I think the book gains strength as it goes and that the strongest part of the book is the ending (or the denouement, I guess, everything past the climax). This part was well crafted and came together nicely. Finally, Maddy was capturing my attention, and I'm glad that I stuck with the book. I haven't read anything else by Jessica Brody (this is her debut YA novel), but I would like to in the future.
I got this book: as an advance reader's copy from Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Macmillan).