Book Review: Jinx by Meg Cabot

Title: Jinx

Author: Meg Cabot

Publisher: HarperTeen (January 1, 2007)

Format: Paperback

Pages: 288

Synopsis from Goodreads:

It’s not easy being Jinx.

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 goes—which is why she’s thrilled to be moving in with her aunt and uncle in New York City. Maybe when she’s halfway across the country, Jinx can finally outrun her bad luck. Or at least escape the havoc she’s caused back in her small hometown.

But trouble has definitely followed Jinx to New York. And it’s 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 secret—one that she’s sure Jinx is going to reveal.
Jinx is beginning to realize it isn’t just bad luck she’s been running from. It’s 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.

Jinx is the story of the girl named Jean, who had more than her fair share of bad luck in life. She moves to New York to start a brand new luxurious life. When she arrives there, she can’t understand why her cousin Tory hates her. As the story moves on, she begins to learn that her bad luck is not just a normal occurrence in her life but rather contributed by supernatural powers.  Oh also, there is this guy called Zach who immediately feels attracted to her.

When I first read the synopsis, I was so curious about the concept of having a heroine who got so much bad luck throughout her life. I was excited to know what’s with her being a jinx. Then, when I discovered of her supernatural powers..I really thought it was really cool that she had that kind of luck because she didn’t fully accepted her destiny yet. Jinx was a likable character. She’s got her strengths and her kindness but the thing is she’s extremely gullible and clueless. How could she not doubt her cousin? How could she not get suspicious? I was mostly frustrated towards the most parts of the book. I loved what’s happening with the plot twists and stuff but come on.. Jinx slows the pace of the story because of these traits. Speaking of being clueless, she also took some time before she figured out that Zach is definitely into her. With this, I can still understand that most girls will also doubt that a guy as good looking as Zach will take interest in her. I felt as if it was Zach who kept me hanging on to reading the book.

The last part of the novel was really exciting. I love how all hell broke loose with Tory’s coven. I liked that Jinx finally learned to fight back and protect herself but still Zach is the savior of the day. I was contented with the ending of the story.



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