Book Review: Jinx by Meg Cabot

It wasn’t just the power failure the night Jean Honeychurch was born that earned her the nickname Jinx: misfortune seems to follow her wherever she goes. Which is why she’s been shipped off to New York to stay with relatives – including her sophisticated cousin Tory – until the trouble she’s caused back in her small hometown dies down.

Tory couldn’t care less about Jinx – until Jinx’s chronic bad luck starts wreaking havoc in Tory’s perfect world. Only then does Jinx learn that beneath Tory’s big-city glamour lies a world of hatred and revenge. And now Jean’s jinx could be the only thing that can save her life…

Rating: 3*

Recommended For: 11+

Themes: Identity and acceptance, friendship, family, coming of age

LGBTQIA+ Content: None.

This was a decent read. There were no wow moments and it was a bit too teen romance for my liking, but it wasn’t the worst.

Jean “Jinx” Honeychurch, preacher’s daughter from Iowa, finds herself in New York with her well-to-do aunt and uncle and their children. Jinx settles into her new private school and her new home, but her cousin Tori (now demanding to be called Torrence) makes her life difficult. And Torrence’s torture gets worse and worse.

For me, the balance between romance and witchcraft was off. I bought the book for the fantasy element but what I got was a teen romance in which I continually wanted to smash Jinx’s head off a wall because she was so clueless.

Canon’s characterisation of Jinx makes her seem two dimensional and there was nothing I really liked about her – simply because there was little info given to like. The plot was also highly predictable and yet not developed enough. Some of the characters’ emotional responses were totally lacking and that really put me off.

I’d recommend this to younger readers, probably more likely girls than boys – but of course, that’s a generalisation.

No LGBTQIA+ content to be found, sold you’re looking for it, this isn’t the place for you.

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