Fourteen-year-old Tessa has never had a normal life. Her mother, a frustrated hippie with awful taste in men, has seen to that. But when her mom pulls her out of school to live at an ashram in the Catskills, Tessa goes from being a freak among normal people to being an outcast among freaks. Freaks who worship an orange robe-wearing guru. And while her mom is buzzing with spiritual energy, and finding a little too much favor with the guru, all Tessa feels are weird vibes.
Unless she’s with Colin, the gorgeous boy who fixes trucks for the ashram. The connection they share is the most spiritual thing Tessa has ever felt. But he’s older—like illegally older—and Tessa’s taking dangerous risks to spend time with him. Soon her life is blooming into a psychedelic web of secrets and lies and it’s clear that something’s about to give way. When it does, will she have anyone to hold on to? Will she even know herself?
Jessica Blank’s writing style made this book quite easy to get into. Right from the start she had me feeling sorry for the young Tessa, whose mother is completely self absorbed and continues to move the small family from place to place.
After becoming residents of a cult with her mother, Tessa meets an older man and they begin a relationship. It’s a sweet romance if you can get over the age difference (it was hard for me to do so because I have young daughters). There is some sex and drug use in the book, so if that’s something you don’t care to read about, don’t read this one. However, if you want a different sort of ‘coming of age’ story, just scan over those parts.
All in all, it’s an interesting read – great for summers at the beach!
Thanks to Nicole from Authors on the Web, I have one copy of Karma for Beginners to give away. Canada and US, only. Leave a comment with your email address for one entry and enter one of my other blogiversary giveaways for a second entry. (If you’ve already entered the others, that counts as a second entry!) The winner will be announced on May 15, 2010.