Karma For Beginners by Jessica Blank

When her mom moves them onto an ashram, a fifteen-year-old girl rebels by falling in love.

I was expecting Karma For Beginners to be light and frothy and comic, but the story actually delves into some really dark psychological territory. Tessa’s free-spirited mom has been following her bliss and dragging Tessa along for the ride as long as Tessa can remember, but the ashram ends up being the place where Tessa finds her own true identity. She falls in love with the unreligious 20-year-old caretaker, but he’s not the lifesaver she’s looking for, just like the guru doesn’t have all the answers for her mother. The story really sucked me in and I won’t soon forget it.

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