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Instant Karma (Paperback)

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(Young Adult Novels 12 and up)

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There’s a fine line between love and hate. Prudence Barnett and Quint Erickson learn that in this hate-to-love romance. They have been forced to work together their whole sophomore year and are looking forward to a summer far away from each other. That is, until a bad grade turns that plan upside down. Then a fall leads Pru to gaining a power that allows her to grant instant karma to those around her with a snap of her fingers. During a summer not so planned, they each learn things about the other, and themselves, that they hadn’t noticed before, and come to terms that while they might be frustrated with the other, they “still just want to make out.” This is so much more than a contemporary romance; Instant Karma has lessons on environmental issues, seeing the world through someone else’s eyes, and that not every bad deed is done for a bad reason. This is one book that I know I will go back to again and again. I can't get enough of Quint and Prudence. -Victoria 

Winter 2020 Kids Indie Next List

“This is a delightful YA contemporary romance with a touch of magic and a deep dive into environmental issues that impact the ocean and its animals. Prudence is an overachiever who has not yet found a cause that she can throw herself into. Her nemesis, Quint, is an underachiever whose mom owns a rescue center for hurt sea life. Sparks fly and wills clash as these two go from fighting each other to fighting for each other and the ocean they both love. Throw in a little bit of karma and you have a fun read.”
— Cara Dyne-Gores, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH


In Marissa Meyer's young adult contemporary romance, a girl is suddenly gifted with the ability to cast instant karma on those around her – both good and bad.

Chronic overachiever Prudence Daniels is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her.

Pru giddily makes use of the power, punishing everyone from public vandals to mean gossips, but there is one person on whom her powers consistently backfire: Quint Erickson, her slacker of a lab partner. Quint is annoyingly cute and impressively noble, especially when it comes to his work with the rescue center for local sea animals.

When Pru resigns herself to working at the rescue center for extra credit, she begins to uncover truths about baby otters, environmental upheaval, and romantic crossed signals—not necessarily in that order. Her newfound karmic insights reveal how thin the line is between virtue and vanity, generosity and greed . . . love and hate… and fate.

About the Author

Marissa Meyer is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of the Renegades Trilogy, The Lunar Chronicles series, the Wires and Nerve graphic novels, and The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book. Her first standalone novel, Heartless, was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. Marissa created and hosts a podcast called The Happy Writer. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their two daughters.

Praise For…

New York Times Bestseller!

#1 Indie Besteller!

"Ultimately, Marissa Meyer's Instant Karma is a delightful book that will have you longing for the beach...Quint and Pru's relationship is a fun, quirky enemies-to-love story that definitely leaves the reader satisfied." —National Public Radio (NPR)

"The story’s heart makes it a romantic tale well worth reading, and the inclusion of marine life rescue centers is an added bonus. Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell, Maurene Goo, or Meg Cabot." —Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250802743
ISBN-10: 1250802741
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: January 11th, 2022
Pages: 400
Language: English