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?
Warning – Contains self-harm, suicide and domestic abuse. If you are easily triggered please be aware.
Where do I begin with Sublime Karma, ugh, guys this is a tricky one to review. To start with I have to say that I did in fact enjoy it, but I have some issues with it that can’t be glossed over.
Our main character is Brie – I’m not a hundred percent sure how I feel about her. I can completely relate to her personal health issues, the author did very well in depicting the real emotions that mental health causes and I appreciate that so much! It’s not always easy to portray in a book but it was done brilliantly.
Here’s where we go down hill. Brie is obviously quite a fragile person, but the decisions she made were so unrealistic! I didn’t know whether she was coming or going and for a supposedly timid girl, she was rather outgoing and flirty with almost every guy!
I had a real problem with Jake too. I didn’t like him, at all. He came across as such an a**hole the majority of the time. I just couldn’t take his feelings for Brie seriously, especially since he eyed up every girl who came into view.
The relationship was nothing short of chaotic. They were backwards and forwards constantly, always getting the wrong end of the stick in situations with other guys or girls. I rolled my eyes frequently and found some scenes very cringe worthy.
I felt like parts of the story were very rushed and didn’t have enough depth. There definitely needed to be more of a narrative, as I was left confused quite a lot. Some events are spoken about, but you don’t get to see it happen in the period it was supposed to have happened! They were staged off script and I had to check I’d not missed a chapter! Certain situations either weren’t explained enough or too much, there was no happy in between.
The story overall was interesting and did keep me hooked enough to finish it. There were scenes that were very sweet and gushy, which I really liked, it just had something missing for me.
*I’d like to thank Peyton for sending the book my way in return for an honest review*