Today I’m launching a new series in which I review a book I read (and loved!) and provide a recipe mentioned in or inspired by the book. Since I love baking, I imagine this series will heavily feature baked goods, but first we’re starting easy with a three-ingredient beverage.
While I was listening to the audiobook of Marissa Meyer’s Instant Karma, I was pleased to discover that Prudence and her brother Jude are fans of the Shirley Temple, a drink featuring lemon-lime soda (or ginger ale), grenadine, and maraschino cherries. I hadn’t consumed or even thought about a Shirley Temple in years before listening to this book. When I was younger, my parents called them “kiddie cocktails,” and we drank them on holidays or special occasions while the grownups had drinks of the alcoholic variety. It’s amazing how adding a cherry to a glass can make you feel fancy AF when you’re a kid.
The characters’ drink of choice was just one of many things I loved about Instant Karma. It’s an enemies-to-lovers contemporary YA romance that had me pulling for Pru and Quint from the beginning. It features an animal rescue center (sea lions and seals and sea turtles, oh my!), an abundance of Beatles references, and a whole bunch of the universe making sure people in Pru’s world get exactly what they deserve.
It’s the perfect book to read and enjoy while sipping an ice cold, sugary-sweet Shirley Temple!
8 oz lemon-lime soda
1 oz grenadine
In a tall glass, pour the grenadine over ice. Add the lemon-lime soda. Top with one or more maraschino cherries.
In New York Times bestselling author 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 Barnett 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.
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