Saturday, December 3, 2011

Review: Jinx

Jinx by Meg Cabot

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Have you ever had a day where nothing seemed to go right? You spilled your breakfast on your lap, had to change your clothes, ended up running late and just missing the bus, and tripped and fell as you were chasing after it-- and that was just the beginning. Now imagine every day going like that, and you might have a glimmering of an idea of what it's like to be Jean-- so unlucky that her family and friends took to calling her Jinx, which she hates. That nickname originated from the very day of her birth. When she was born, there was a huge storm, and the power in the hospital went out. The delivering doctor quipped that her name should have been Jinx instead of Jean, and since the bad luck seemed to stick with her, so did the nickname. This red-headed daughter of a preacher has to move from her native Iowa to New York to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousins near the end of a school year to escape a sticky situation with an ex-boyfriend, only to be landed in a worse one with her cousin Torrance. Torrance, with dyed black hair, lots of makeup, and much changed from the cheerful blonde girl who preferred to be called Tory, tries to get her to join her coven in spite of Jean's insistence that it isn't a good idea. Overwhelmed by Tory's increasingly alarming bullying and manipulation attempts, trying to fit in at a new school, and falling in love with someone she is sure only sees her as a friend (and who Tory has a major crush on), Jean still manages to keep her wits about her and do what she thinks is best. Recommended for grades 7 and up.

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