Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver

Sublime Karma
by Peyton Garver

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC (November 30, 2016)
Publication Date: November 30, 2016
Genre: YA Abuse
Print Length: 277 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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?

 Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver

Sublime KarmaJust when you think you have read the final word on teen angst, emotional assassination, tainted love and petty jealousies, along comes SUBLIME KARMA and one more time, we are shown the damage teen cruelty can do everyone, not just the victim. Welcome to one more tale that rams home proof that bullying in all of its forms is alive and well, the aftermath is twice as brutal and the gang or clique mentality rages on.

Brie is the new girl, the perfect target, alone, attractive and fresh meat for the high school princess and her court of heartless, gutless flunkies, all because of one boy. The humiliation factor runs high as Brie is subjected to a constant barrage from the “It” girl who lost her star athlete boyfriend long before Brie showed up. Why Brie, you ask? Because her first day of school, she had nowhere to sit on the bus except next to Jake, who really was a bit of an ass until he wasn’t and he discovered that Brie was actually a girl he wanted to know better. Who knew he would then have competition that would further cause Brie pain?

What no one knew was that Brie already has a terrible secret and her own self-worth was already tanked in a world that failed to protect her and she wasn’t alone, she was just weaker than those around her.

Peyton Garver may have gone over the top with her tale of the abuse of one girl. She may have capsulized the twisted mentality and lack of human compassion in the halls of education as well as life behind the closed doors of the one place where children should find a safe haven and protection. I will say, it was that exact tactic that had my blood pressure boiling over and kept me turning each page in disgust, shock and disbelief as an adult, an involved parent who taught by example and as a victim of bullying as a child. Ms. Garver did get her point across on many fronts, but I didn’t find the “aha” moment I needed to say, “Make this required reading for anyone who breathes.” One can only hope this does not become a "how-to" for all of those insecure hormones raging in the young adult world.

I received this copy from Peyton Garver in exchange for my honest review.

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