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Karma by Cathy Ostlere
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Feb 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: canadian

I was kind of leery when I read that this was written in "free verse poems" but I gave it a chance and I'm glad I did. Nothing rhymed (yay!) and basically it was short chunky paragraphs which I didn't notice after a while.

It was an interesting story that spans six weeks. When Maya's mother commits suicide, she and her dad take the ashes to India (they live in Canada). They get separated during the riots. The first part of the story is voiced by Maya, the next part is voiced by Sandeep and the last part is voiced by Maya and Sandeep.

I got caught up in the story and liked the characters. I've never experienced anything like Maya and Sandeep had and was hoping it would end well for them.

The book is over 400 pages which may sound daunting but the text mostly only covers the left half of the page.

Conversations are written with one person
talking on the left hand side...

... and the other person on the right.

I find it odd that this is considered a "young adult" book. Sandeep and Maya are about 30 years younger than me but I found it didn't read like a YA book. Though I was okay with it, some parents might not appreciate some of the language ("sh!t", the "F-bomb", A-hole, etc.) or actions (Sandeep talks about gettin' it on with girls).

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it if you are looking for a good story and a different format.

Blog review: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2011/05...

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Cathy Teena,

Thanks for taking the poetic leap with Karma! I've always imagined the book to be for older YA but I'm hearing that adults are really getting in to it. And I couldn't be more pleased.

all the best,


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