Summary from inside flap of book:
The only thing Jean Honeychurch hates more than her boring name (not Jean Marie, or Jeanette, just& jean) is her all-too-appropriate nickname, Jinx. Misfortune seems to follow her everywhere she goeswhich is why shes thrilled to be moving in with her aunt and uncle in New York City. Maybe when shes halfway across the country, Jinx can finally outrun her bad luck. Or at least escape the havoc shes caused back in her small hometown.
But trouble has definitely followed Jinx to New York. And its causing big problems for her cousin Tory, who is not happy to have the family black sheep around. Beautiful, glamorous Tory is hiding a dangerous secretone that shes sure Jinx is going to reveal.
Jinx is beginning to realize it isnt just bad luck shes been running from. Its something far more sinister& and the curse Jinx has lived under since the day she was born might just be the only thing that can save her life.
I hate to admit it, but this is the first Meg Cabot book that I have read. I own many of her books, but I have never read them. I enjoyed Jinx. Its not overly complicated or highly original, but I still liked it. The inside flap makes you think there will be something devious and sinister hidden in the plot, but really its nothing more than a jaded, spoiled, rich teenage girl pretending to play witch-believe with several equally snotty friends. The only thing sinister would be the personality of Tory, Jinxs NY cousin. Talk about a character! If I had met this girl in high school, I could only imagine how awful my memories would be. Wow.
Tory is by far the best description of a woman scorned I have read in YA fictionwitch craft aside, of course. On a human level, Tory is despicable. Back stabbing, deceitful, envious. The whole nine yards. She is pure evil in the disguise of outward beauty. Her friends were equally disgusting, although they werent mentioned much in the book. I got the impression they were meant to be more like groupies than supporting characters. For all of the negative vibes you got from Tory, Jinx gives you the exact opposite. She is the image of mid-west innocence; after all she is a preachers daughter. The quaintness of her character, combined with her gorgeous natural curly red hair make her an easy target for Torys wrath. Plus, it doesnt help that Torys secret love is head-over-heels for Jinx. The characters were decent. You certainly felt sorry for Jinx during all of her mishaps, and you couldnt help but dislike Tory. Unfortunately, thats where the charm ends.
The plot is pretty predictable. Its a classic case, really: Pretty girl doesnt realize shes pretty. Pretty girl falls into the trap of equally pretty girl with disgusting personality. Pretty girl unknowingly wins heart of handsome boy. Love triangle ensues. Mean girl gets what she deserves while pretty girl realizes she has self worth and falls for handsome boy. The end. Yep, thats pretty much it. Granted there were a few twists along the way, but nothing overly exciting. I did like that Zach (said handsome boy) seemed like a complete charmer. He had some personality traits that made him very likable. There were a few scenes in the book that had potential to be suspenseful, but it seemed like the majority of the story only skimmed the surface and never fully dove into a deeper plot. For a younger reader Im sure it would be satisfying, but I like a little more depth in my reading material. Of course, I probably shouldnt have expected anything more than what I got considering I bought this book for my classroom library.
Overall, it was a fun, quick read. I enjoyed it. Im sure if I was a middle school girl I would be enthralled with this novel. I would probably even imagine Zach Efrons face for Zach in the book& if I were a middle school girl. But, alas, Im not. (I really couldnt imagine anyone that I felt would fit the characters when reading the book.) I gave the book 3 stars because it was decent. There were some funny parts that made me chuckle, and the descriptions were well written. My visualization abilities were working in overdrive throughout most of the book. However, it wasnt exactly mature content like the jacket flap implied.
Jinx is a good book about a girl with really bad luck. She comes to live with her cousins, trying to escape something that happened in her old home. She soon finds that her cousin, Tory, thinks she is a witch and tries to put a spell onn the boy both Tory and Jinx like. Tory tries to convince Jinx to join her coven and acknowledge that she, too is a witch, but will Jinx do this?? Read the book and you will find out.
I think that this was a great book, and I recommend it to anyone who likes reading about witches, who wants a quick read, or who like Meg Cabot. I think this is the best book by Meg Cabot.
okay..this book was interesting! it made me want to read it over & over again. but still, i loved it!
i was hoping zach would get with jean, & they did! i liked the strange twist..with the witch legend going on..
i didnt like her cousin though.
but meg cabot is my favorite author, hands down.
all her books are amazing, all of them! ive read most of them too. even the adult series. but still, jinx was a great book! if you like witches..then maybe u should give this a read. its great, amazing.
...manages to create a "modern day fairy tale". Behind the teenage drama and the witchcraft, Jinx can be seen as a modern-day Cinderella. She is the new girl with a troubled background who comes to live with an evil cousin. Throw in a cute boy who the evil cousin wants and you have a Prince Charming. A truly endearing tale that shows just how well Meg Cabot understands teenage girls.
Not one of my favorites, but Cabot still measures up. I think what I found the most amazing is how real this book is. Yeah, it's about witchcraft and all, but still, it's one of the most real books about the subject. Jinx had me hooked with her trials, and I felt that I actually related to her, which was something new. Her feelings were real and raw as well, stunning me away.
Jean has an issue with luck. Actually they avoid each other entirely! Jean has such bad luck that her family had nicknamed her Jinx.
Jinx has decided to try and put all of her bad luck behind her when she moves to Manhattan to live with her Aunt and Uncle. Unfortunately Jinx doesnt quite fit in with her trendy cousin Tory and her friends.
Tory has been practicing witchcraft with a small coven of her friends ever since she heard the story of the families "possession" of the craft. Once Tory realizes that Jinx also posses the gift she invites her to join her coven. Knowing the kind of bad things that playing with magic leads too, Jinx refuses.
Tory takes the refusal as a snub and sees Jinx as a threat. It also doesnt help that Jinx has befriended Zach, the cute neighbor boy, who Tory has had a long time crush on. So now Tory makes it her personal goal to make Jinx miserable. When Tory finds out how Jinxs gift exceeds her own, she will stop at nothing to have it! There is a cauldron bubbling over with jealousy if you ask me!
Meg had written yet another fast-paced, funny read and of course included her blend of wit and romance! It was a fun supernatural read! If you are a Meg Cabot fan you wont be disappointed!
Meg Cabot's novel Jinx is the wonderful novel about a young witch and her encounters with her evil witch cousin. And they're fighting for the boy next door! This novel has many twists and turns leaving the reader surprised and in high anticipation of what is on the next page. Meg Cabot fans will enjoy this new novel and new fans will be drawn in to Cabot's world with this novel.
Jinx, by Margret Wild is a novel about love,healing, forgiveness, and finding one's self again after loss. Before she was Jinx she was Jen, a girl with a normal life, normal boyfriend. Jen and Charlie (her first boyfreind) are together for awhile but then Charlie commits suicide which shakes everyone because they don't understand why he would do something like this. Jen is angry at Charli and heartbroken and as a result she starts staying out late, drinking and having sex. Later she meets Ben-but the angel of death strikes again as Ben dies from cracking his skull open on a sidewalk. The boy, Hal who's reponsiable for Ben's death(it as an accident by the way) is hated by everyone, including Jen who seeing herslef unlucky calls herslef Jinx because her boyfriends die. She begins making phrank calls, and writng graffiti on Hal's house. Then Charlie's ghost starts to haunt her and she promises to make things right. She falls in lvoe with Hal-but finds it hard-one because she's guilty-two she doesn't want another boyfriend dead. So then there's the question can Jinx finn her way back to being Jen again? The short poems and narritive voices are brillant-I like how the author switches to each character, letting them tell their thoughts. I love this book alot-I finished it in one day! Jinx is a great book-read too if you like poetry, the short poems are cool and makes the book a fast read.
This book is a touching story of love and loss. It engages a form of free verse poetry. It is a beutiful story of young love and grief. I suggest that those who enjoy this style of writing to read it.
:) I recomend it be read by people 14+ y.o although I at the time of reading it was 13.