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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; First Edition edition (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060837640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060837648
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up—Jean Honeychurch is so unlucky that even her family calls her Jinx. To escape an unpleasant situation with a boy who refuses to let her end their relationship, Jinx moves from Iowa to Manhattan to live with her aunt and her family in their swanky Upper East Side townhouse. It's no surprise that the klutzy, small-town 16-year-old doesn't fit in with über-chic cousin Tory and her friends, and she definitely doesn't share their fondness for drugs and alcohol. Tory, who has been practicing witchcraft for some time, soon realizes that Jinx also has the gift and invites her cousin to join her coven. But Jinx knows the dangers of playing with magic and refuses. Tory sees Jinx's snub as a threat and plots against her. Though she wants to leave magic behind, Jinx must learn to harness the mysterious powers that are her birthright before Tory does too much damage. Cabot creates believable conflict and avoids being too fantastical, as Tory's mental instability is more dangerous than her Wiccan powers. In the vein of Avalon High (2006) and "The Mediator" series (both HarperCollins), the author delivers her signature blend of romance and wit, successfully combining upper-crust chick-lit and a tad of the supernatural into an entertaining potion that is sure to please her fans and draw in new readers.—Emily Anne Valente, New York Public Library
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From Booklist

Cabot has written another fast-paced teen pleaser, this time about a teenager with supernatural powers and her cousin who craves them. Since the day she was born, bad luck seems to have followed Jinx Honeychurch. Even after her parents send her to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in New York City, Jinx seems plagued by bad luck. Then Jinx's cousin Tory reminds her that their great-great-great-great-grandmother, a witch who was burned at the stake, had special talents that have been passed on to one granddaughter in each generation. Jinx, a preacher's daughter, has no intention of competing with Tory for that honor, until she discovers Tory's sinister plans. With a cauldron full of jealousy, cute boys, ample cash, and a typical high-school setting, this story has plenty of popular appeal. This isn't great literature, but it is great fun. Bradburn, Frances

More About the Author

Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. There have been over 25 million copies of Meg's nearly 80 published books sold in 38 countries. Her last name rhymes with habit, as in "her books can be habit forming." She currently lives in Key West, Florida with her husband and various cats.

Meg's first ever adult book in the Princess Diaries series, "Royal Wedding", will be available in Summer 2015, along with an installment of the series for younger readers, "From the Notebook of a Middle School Princess". "Remembrance", a new book in the Mediator series will be available in February of 2016.

Customer Reviews

This book was a very predictable to me.
Carrie Bovender
Overall, this book left me scratching my head...in fact I'm scratching my head right now trying to remember if there was anything I really liked about the book.
N. Montgomery
Definitely a must read if you consider yourself a fan of Meg Cabot's books.
Catalina Vasquez

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Smitty on December 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Meg Cabot has the formula to writing a teen book down pat. She knows how to plan out her plots well: Hapless Girl meets Boy who she a) doesn't like or b) is best friends with and doesn't like romantically. Then, Hapless Girl finds out she has something extraordinary in her life (either supernatural powers, unknown royalty, or internal strength), followed by denial, denial, denial, a lot of complaining, and eventual acceptance. To finish, she realizes she loves the Boy she either hates or is best friends with. Happy ever after.

This formula, however, does not work when used over 40 times by the same author. I admit, I sucked the first "Princess Diaries" books up when I was 13. I adored "1-800-Where-R-U." I couldn't stop reading the "Mediator." They were fresh and funny. They were somewhat original, set apart from the rest of the YA genre. Cabot's latest works-- Jinx, How to be Popular, Mediators #5 and #6, and definitely 1-800 #5-- are attempts to recreate the magic of the past. To be frank, they are boring because we have already read these stories before. Jean (or "Jinx") is a character who questions herself a lot and, much like Sam from "All American Girl", does not realize that the BOY OF HER DREAMS actually likes HER. This was true with Michael Moscovitz and Scott from "Teen Idol."

Another reason Cabot's latest book "Jinx" is not up to par with her past work is because of its contrived characters. Jean's ex-boyfriend stalks her and her roommate is like one of the cheerleaders from "Princess Diaries" but with all black on. The basic Cabot bad-guy character is either a hypocritical jealous girl or a mental patient.

Now, for the most part, these books are still sweet and charming (that is, if you're a soccer mom screening your daughter's books).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on September 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed Jinx. Meg Cabot has a definite hit with this book.

Jean "Jinx" Honeychurch has had bad luck all her life. Straight from birth in fact. She has recently arrived in New York City to stay with her aunt, uncle and cousins. To start fresh from some of the bad luck she left behind in Iowa. Jinx has a lot of guilt on her shoulders so she is looking forward to hopefully leaving her bad luck behind her.

Too bad it is not that easy. Her extended family is a pleasure to be with, all except Jinx's cousin, Tory. Tory is unhappy, rude, and in general, is making Jinx's life a pain. It doesn't help that Tory is crushing on her neighbor Zach in a big way, but Zach seems to have eyes only for Jinx. Talk about an uncomfortable situation. And when witchcraft and their shared history is brought into the mix, Jinx's life becomes even more complicated because Jinx has power. Tory knows it and she wants that power for herself. She'll do anything she can to get it. And believe me, she is not above stooping to very low levels.

So what makes this book so much fun? It is the lead character, Jinx. She is just a very real persona. She is suffering from some very painful truths that she doesn't want brought to the light. Things like mixing witchcraft and a person's free will. On top of that, she is dealing with a new living situation, a new crush, a new school, and the need to finally have some good luck. Some great luck! Meg Cabot really created a wonderful character in Jinx. Teens and heck, even adults, will empathize with the fears she faces on a daily basis, the challenges of dealing with cruel people, with rumors, and with a very confusing ancestry. Luckily, Jinx has style and a panache all her own and she will win you over from the very first page.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 19, 2007
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Jinx starts out just about the same as any Meg Cabot book. Girl has hidden problem alluded to but not openly discussed, girl sees hot guy who makes her insides melt but doesn't know how to get him to notice her, girl makes a fool of herself trying to get said cute guy. But before too long, you find out that Jean is anything but a normal Cabot heroine.

Jean Honeychurch arrives in New York City thinking that her life can only get better after a stocker forces her to move from her small hometown in rural Iowa to live with her aunt, uncle and spoiled cousin Tory. There Jean finds out Tory has changed drastically from her five-year-old self who used to ford creeks and climb trees; now Troy is a little too into boys, likes to mess around with drugs and alcohol, and even fancies herself a witch.

And of course, Jean instantly falls for the boy next door, Zack, who likes the au pair who already has a boyfriend back in Germany. But don't worry, because Troy will stop at nothing to get Zack for herself even though she is dating Shawn with the agreement that they are really only friends with benefits.

If that love triangle (or pentagon) isn't complicated enough for you, throw in the fact that Troy is practicing black magic, Jean thinks she's cursed and Shawn starts getting a little sloppy at his job as the local drug pusher at their elite Manhattan private school. That is when things really start to get good.

Reading this book reminded me why I love Meg Cabot so much. While her romances are pretty formulaic and her characters tend to sound just about the same from book to book, Cabot really shines as a paranormal writer.
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