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It's not easy being Jinx.

Jean Honeychurch hates her boring name (not Jean Marie, or Jeanette, just . . . Jean). What's worse? Her all-too-appropriate nickname, Jinx. Misfortune seems to follow her everywhere she goes—even to New York City, where Jinx has moved to get away from the huge mess she caused in her small hometown. Her aunt and uncle welcome her to their Manhattan town house, but her beautiful cousin Tory isn't so thrilled. . . .

In fact, Tory is hiding a dangerous secret—one that could put them all in danger. Soon Jinx realizes it isn't just bad luck she's been running from . . . and that the curse she has lived under since the day she was born may be the only thing that can save her life.

262 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 2007

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Meg Cabot

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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flunked freshman Algebra twice, then decided to cut her own bangs. After six years as an undergrad at Indiana University, Meg moved to New York City (in the middle of a sanitation worker strike) to pursue a career as an illustrator, at which she failed miserably, forcing her to turn to her favorite hobby--writing novels--for emotional succor. She worked various jobs to pay the rent, including a decade-long stint as the assistant manager of a 700 bed freshmen dormitory at NYU, a position she still occasionally misses.

She is now the author of nearly fifty books for both adults and teens, selling fifteen million copies worldwide, many of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers, most notably The Princess Diaries series, which is currently being published in over 38 countries, and was made into two hit movies by Disney. In addition, Meg wrote the Mediator and 1-800-Where-R-You? series (on which the television series, Missing, was based), two All-American Girl books, Teen Idol, Avalon High, How to Be Popular, Pants on Fire, Jinx, a series of novels written entirely in email format (Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl, and Every Boy's Got One), a mystery series (Size 12 Is Not Fat/ Size 14 Is Not Fat Either/Big Boned), and a chick-lit series called Queen of Babble.

Meg is now writing a new children's series called Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls. Her new paranormal series, Abandon, debuts in Summer of 2011.

Meg currently divides her time between Key West, Indiana, and New York City with a primary cat (one-eyed Henrietta), various back-up cats, and her husband, who doesn't know he married a fire horse. Please don't tell him.

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* The Princess Diaries
* Mediator

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Profile Image for ♡ ⊱ Sonja ⊰ ♡.
2,724 reviews448 followers
July 14, 2021
Die 16 Jahre alte Jean – genannt Jinx – wächst gut behütet in einem beschaulichen Ort in Iowa auf. Doch dann gibt es Probleme, und Jean wird zu Tante und Onkel nach New York geschickt. Dort sieht sie nach fünf Jahren ihre Cousine Tory wieder und staunt nicht schlecht über deren Veränderung. Aus dem fröhlichen pummeligen Mädchen ist eine gertenschlanke kühle Schönheit geworden. Und bald schon wird Tory zur Feindin, da der Nachbarjunge Zack, in den Tory verliebt ist, sich für Jean zu interessieren scheint…
* Meine Meinung *
Dieses Buch ist ein sehr leichter, witziger, fröhlicher und romantischer Roman hauptsächlich für Mädchen. Erzählt wird die Geschichte aus Sicht der Protagonistin Jean. Sie beschreibt alles sehr bildhaft, sehr echt und anschaulich. Man kann sich richtig gut in sie hineinversetzen, ihre Gefühle und Gedanken nachempfinden. Das macht es leicht, in die Handlung einzutauchen.
Die Sprache ist leicht und angemessen für ein Jugendbuch. Der Roman lässt sich gut und flüssig lesen, und es bleibt auch immer spannend, da die Hauptfigur Jean immer wieder Andeutungen bezüglich ihrer Vergangenheit macht, dabei aber nie richtig ins Detail geht.
So wird die Neugier des Lesers aufrechterhalten, was mir sehr gefallen hat. Anfangs hatte ich noch Bedenken, dass der Roman möglicherweise zu sehr ins Fantastische gehen wird, da es immerhin um Hexerei geht. Aber der Autorin ist es gelungen, genau das richtige Maß an Fantasie mit der Realität zu vermischen, so dass ein wirklich sehr guter Roman entstanden ist!
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678 reviews211 followers
August 16, 2007
Oh, Meg Cabot. One day you will write a book featuring a main character that is not completely stunted in the romantic awareness department. One who can look at the boy who is suddenly spending lots of time with her, in spite of her new country/super secret powers/general likability, and realize that maybe he, you know, has the hots for her.

On that day, I will likely propose to you on the spot.

Until then, well... It was cute. Teen Idol was better. Try not to make Mia too annoying in the next Princess Diaries, okay?


(Seriously though, when did you become the Nora Roberts of the teen set? I hate to say it, but... try something new, please.)
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175 reviews12 followers
July 9, 2011
So much potential, so little was it lived up to. The bones of the story are good. It features a girl running away from her little town in Iowa to the big city (New York) to get away from a stalker. I liked that part. But that is where the like ended. The story was full of repeated sentiments and no emotional turmoil. If a girl's gotta run away from a stalker, she may be bit I don't know, scared, lonely, mistrustful, depressed. Nope, she's just a well adjusted country girl who's also a witch. The witch part felt like it was added at the request of the publisher. Like the publisher said, "Could you maybe make this paranormal? Paranormal is big right now." The problem with the whole witch angle is that Cabot, just like our main character, never embraced it. If you're going to go paranormal, go paranormal. Otherwise this was just a book about a teen in a new school that could have been handled a lot better if it had been in the hands of say, Sarah Dessen.
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319 reviews41 followers
October 13, 2007
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, the fact that 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, and 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 my 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. With the whit and romance of her 1-800-Where-R-You series (When Lightning Strikes and Missing You) and the darker edge and great dialogue of her Mediator series (Shadowland and Twilight), Meg Cabot brings the world of witchcraft and dark magic to an entirely new level.
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174 reviews167 followers
February 28, 2011
Okay, so I adore Meg Cabot. I love love LOVE contemporary YA chick-lit books. Meg Cabot has written a couple of my favorite series of all time. Jinx was good. It didn't have me laughing out loud like her other books, but I cracked a smile here and there and gushed over Zach, Jinx's love interest.

When Jean, AKA Jinx, moves to NYC to escape a terrible situation of her past, she must try and get along with her manipulative cousin, Tory. But Tory knows something about Jinx and herself, something that Jinx believes is completely dangerous. I won't give it away, in case you decide to read it.

I liked the humor, sarcasm, and flirting between Jinx and Zach. I also liked Petra, the household's exchange student. I don't know why, but I found her and her accent extremely entertaining! Oh, and this is Meg Cabot we're talking about, so of course there's a cat named Mouche involved.

The setting was great. I love NYC and I feel like Cabot really captured the feel of the busy city. I loved the plot line as well, because I never knew if I could allow myself to trust Tory as a reader. Jinx was a bit clueless, but very relatable and enjoyable.

In all, I really did enjoy this book. It was good, honestly. I would definitely recommend it if you like contemporary YA humor mixed with a little bit of romance and paranormal elements.
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1,256 reviews108 followers
July 17, 2016
Sixteen-year-old Jean"Jinx" Honeychurch from Iowa had always thought she was a jinx, thus the nickname. Believing she was born with bad luck, she went on to stay with her Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Ted in Manhattan, New York, to escape the most recent bout of misfortunes.

Jean was nicknamed Jinx by members of her family because she’s prone to mishaps from the moment she was born. Plus, there was the alluded truth that Jean had cast a love spell on her crush which had backfired "a little" and caused the guy to become stalker-ish.

Her cousin, Tory, convinced Jean to join her coven of pretend "witches". Tory had long wanted to prove to the family that she was a real witch, while Jean denied being one. Jinx refused to participate in any of her cousin's schemes. This angered Tory and caused her to plot revenge against her. Turned out, being a witch wasn't her only issue. Truth was, Tory was extremely jealous of Jean's carefree relationship with Zach Rosen, a hot-looking boy who lived next door. A kidnapping and a ritual soon ensued, and the real witch emerged.

I had fun reading this book, especially the "Prom" or Spring Formal part. It was a mix of hilarity and absurdity and you can't help but chuckled at all their foolishness. Jinx isn't my first Meg Cabot book. I loved her Princess Diaries series, but I think I like Jinx more. There's something relaxing after reading something that doesn't involved tiaras and bodyguards. It was certainly brought good vibes to me.
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2,992 reviews354 followers
March 2, 2018
Meg Cabot is the author of the wildly popular "Princess Diaries" series (adapted into two Disney movies starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews), the "1-800-Where-R-You" books (loosely adapted into a short-lived series on Lifetime), "The Mediator" books (not yet adapted into anything), among a variety of other books for teens and adults.

"Jinx" is Cabot's latest standalone teen novel.

As her nickname might suggest, it is not easy being Jinx. Jean Honeychurch has been unlucky since the day she was born, with her luck only getting worse from there. Jean was even unlucky with her name: not Jean Marie or Jeanette, just Jean (although her last name does hearken back to Lucy Honeychurch in Forster's "A Room With a View" which is cool even though Cabot never mentions this fact in the story).

It is because of her bad luck that Jean has to leave her family and friends in Iowa to come and live with her aunt and uncle in New York City. Readers don't learn exactly why Jean has come to New York until the middle of the novel. Until then Jean alludes to the reason she had to flee in annoying asides noting how no one knows the "full story."

Jean had hoped to escape her bad luck in the big city, or at least dodge her reputation. But Jean's glamorous and sophisticated cousin, Tory, has other plans. In fact, she has a lot of plans where Jean is concerned. After another of Jean's unfortunate accidents, Tory realizes that Jean is magically gifted, which ties into an old family prophecy. Thrilled to have another witch in the house, Tory invites Jean to join her coven. But, for reasons that are revealed later in the story, Jean refuses. Family feuding and intrigue ensues.

I liked the story here. But I wanted to like it more than I did. It was funny and light, which is really hard to achieve in writing. But certain elements of the prose were quite annoying. Every time Jean alluded to the "full story" of her trip to New York, I had to fight a strong urge to skim ahead and see what she was talking about. That's how long it took for Cabot to explain everything.

Allusions like that are fun to build up the story, unfortunately Cabot doesn't use them very well in the narrative. Instead of creating tension the asides just make Jean seem like a pain for not explaining herself sooner. At the same time certain parts of the plot are predictable enough that it seems silly to build them up quite so much.

Jean is also an infuriating heroine. She is incredibly likable, but also painfully naive and gullible. Cabot seemed to take Jean's "country fresh" personality way to far. Jean is so sweet that she is a veritable doormat to her less-than-loving cousin. Again and again Jean also shows herself to completely oblivious to what's going on around her. This behavior might be sweet for a country girl, but it seems forced--even for a sixteen-year-old from Iowa who may not be as worldy as this semi-jaded city dweller.

This book wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either. (If the plot sound interesting, by all means give it a try.) I enjoyed reading it, but I expected more from the story and the characters.

You can find this review and more on my blog Miss Print
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594 reviews30 followers
February 8, 2008
Jean Honeychurch, also known as Jinx thanks to her rotten luck, has just moved in with her Aunt & Uncle in New York. From small town preacher's daughter to the big-city and the luxury of having her own room and living in the lap of luxury at first things seem perfect. Then Jean discovers that her cousin Tory has developed a few quirks since they met last - like deciding to become a practicing witch and leading her own coven. When Tory decides Jean is a witch too and possibly more powerful, she makes Jean's life miserable with their escalating rivalry.

The book started out with promise and nose-dived quickly. Jean is too good to be true and damn annoying as well. Her continual need to blame herself for everything, her pessimism and utter cluelessness when it comes to Zach, the proverbial gorgeous guy next door, all combine to form a flat one-dimensional character that I have no sympathy for. The action and plot are predictable with far too many pop-culture references thrown in to make it hip, which fails miserably. Cabot's dialogue and description are fine, although she has a tendency to use cliches. The prose overall isn't bad. The basic story and characterization, however are inately flawed. Not something I'll ever be tempted to pick up again or would recommend.
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154 reviews25 followers
May 18, 2016
Jean flees his homeland to New York to live with his uncles and cousins. The grandmother told the granddaughters, Jean and Tory, they were descendants of great witches and that one of them would be the next generation of witches. Tory believes she is a witch, but also believes that his cousin can also be. With the arrival of Jean things start to change for Tory, Jean refuses to join the coven's cousin, "steals" the best friend, steal the guy she likes and the attention from her parents. An interesting story but I had the misfortune to read a bad translation, becoming a little non pleasurable reading, I'd liked to have seen the story a little more developed as well as the characters.
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1,069 reviews233 followers
September 22, 2007
16-year old Jean Honeychurch has had a life-time of bad-luck……so much so, that she’s been lumped with the unflattering nickname – JINX. To escape yet another unfortunate situation (involving a stalker)...she is parceled off to live with her aunt in Manhattan...at their up-market, East-Side townhouse.

Jinx’s encounters with her über-chic cousin, Tory leave much to be desired. Tory’s antagonism is blatantly obvious and she never fails to make Jinx feel like a klutzy, unwanted country cousin. Jinx, jotting it down as one more addition to her bucket of bad-luck is willing to go with the flow and deal with things as best as she can. But she soon discovers that there are more sinister depths to Tory than she could ever have imagined!!!

Thanks to a legendary family story, Tory believes that she is a witch….and a powerful one at that. Moreover she is convinced that Jinx is one too and persistently tries to make the latter join her coven. But Jinx has had a taste of witch-craft gone awry and it’s nasty repercussions. Jinx’s constant refusals and her gradual acceptance into the “in-crowd” doesn’t go down well with Tory and pretty soon things turn nasty….with a vengeance.

Tory’s desperate attempts for attention, coupled with her mental instability and thirst for Wiccan powers proves to be a dangerous concoction for Jinx. The only way to deal with a situation gone horribly wrong is for Jinx to rein in her own mysterious powers and accept her “gift” for what it is.

Meg Cabot delights yet again….with her winning combo of fast-paced dialogue, humour and unexpected twists and turns. Definitely a fun, enjoyable read!!
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796 reviews1,232 followers
June 24, 2017
3.5 This was cute enough, and quick enough, but it felt a little throwaway for me. I've had a number of people recommend it, and have a friend who loves it, and maybe if I'd read it when I was younger, I'd have loved it, too, but I was a little underwhelmed. I liked it, but just... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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160 reviews8 followers
April 13, 2020

A protagonista Jean, mais conhecida por Jinx, muda-se de Iowa depois de um evento traumático e vai viver em Nova Iorque com os seus tios e primos.
Oriunda de uma família numerosa, encontra-se agora no seio de uma família abastada, e terá que se adaptar ao novo estilo de vida, novos amigos, novo colégio, enfim, tudo. Mas pelo menos tem a sua prima, Tory, da qual ficou bastante próxima da ultima vez que se viram.
Anos se passaram e a prima com a qual brincava, não é mais a mesma pessoa. Ela mudou completamente! E ainda há um segredo, que pode estar na origem da (má) sorte da Jean.
Esta obra é uma leitura leve com uma acção relativamente curta, pautada por situações desagradáveis e algumas bem cómicas, devido à má sorte da heroína. A história começa bem e com muito potencial mas julgo que poderia ter sido um pouco mais explorada, nalguns aspectos.
Por exemplo a heroína, achei-a muito ingénua e um pouco "sem noção". Havia coisas que estavam mesmo à sua frente, a Jean não as via ou não tinha percepção, e desapontou-me um pouco pois achei que supostamente ela possuiria sensibilidade ou uma intuição inata devido às suas origens.
Outro aspecto que teria ficado giro, seria explorar parte do passado da Branwen no País de Gales, talvez falar da origem do dom ou dar algum contexto histórico, ou até mesmo meter uns floreados e mistério na profecia que ela deixou.
A Tory foi a personagem que deixou-me mais intrigada, não o digo em termos da personalidade expressa mas com atitudes imprevisíveis. O seu proximo passo era uma verdadeira incógnita.
Inicialmente ela estava tipo "tanto faz", depois presencia algo e convida a Jean para o seu coven, então torna-se afável e receptiva pois crê que ambas herdaram habilidades. Em seguida, muda completamente pois começa a sentir ciúmes, e isto desencadeia uma série de eventos sem limites, no limiar da locura.
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1,060 reviews16 followers
April 23, 2020
2020 Reread: I think three stars hold pretty well. This book is fairly vanilla. Honestly, it's not until the climax that things get remotely weird. It's actually probably one of the younger Cabot YAs. Or it reads later than say some of the Mediator novels and later Princess Diaries books. It was a fun one to revisit nevertheless.

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How I remember this Book: This is the book Meg Cabot went “dark”.

Yeah, I’m laughing now.

Jinx is hardly dark. Oh, sure it has some dark moments and acutally deals with some sensitive issues-drug abuse-but compared to some of the stuff out there in the genre now…

Hardly dark.

That doesn’t mean it’s a bad book though. I actually had and even second time around had a fun time with Jinx.

There’s just something magical about reading a Meg Cabot book, the thing is there are books that are more magical than Jinx.

And in the forty some odd books that Cabot has had published I sort of forget about it.

The thing is, I’ve been trying to reread a lot on my shelves and it was Halloween and I’m doing this book project where I’m rereading books pre 2010 and this one just sort of stuck out. So, I gave it a whirl (again).

The result: pleasantly surprised and amused. But I do feel like I’ve grown up some since this was published and it’s not like I was that young when it was first put to press.

I think it’s more or less that the genre has grown and has evolved since this book’s initial publication. And now something that at one time seemed so shockingly dark for a cotton candy fluff author like Cabot just seems like cotton candy fluff.

The plot itself is pretty simplistic. Jinx (or Jean as she prefers to be called) doesn’t have the best of luck and because of this is sent to live with her relatives in Manhattan. And there’s evil cousins and witches. Oh, and cute boys.

Because a Meg Cabot book can’t be complete without a cute boy.

To be honest, I can’t think of one Cabot book where there wasn’t a cute boy. Okay, I wasn’t especially pleased with John at the beginning of the Abandon trilogy, but he grew on me. Or for that matter Alaric who I still don’t really care for in the Insatiable duology. But whatever.

He was a man not a boy.

For the most part, her YA heroes are gimme gimme (dibs on Jesse de Silva, bitches). And Zach fits into this category. He likes seals.

How can you not like a guy who likes seals?

And his relationship with Jean isn’t insta love. Sure, there’s attraction there, but it doesn’t go from stranger to soul mate. It’s more like stranger to your sort of cute wanna get coffee?

Another thing I love about Meg Cabot’s books is how the setting seems to become a character of its own. I love how she depicts New York. Unlike a lot of YA and chick lit authors that try to focus on the city’s glamorous side, Cabot looks at the other fun sides of the city.

In this book: the food of Central Park.

That actually sounds like it could be a Food Network show.

But I loved those little dates where Jean and Zach would go from vendor and vendor tasting what the park had to offer.

So, why isn’t this the most memorable of Cabot books?

Because at times it just felt like it was going through the motions.

While I did enjoy the romance and the characters, there were points where Cabot obviously played her tropes. Jean being a small town girl planted in the big city and seemingly fitting in effortlessly (the Boy Next Door series, the Queen of Babble series). Jean being seemingly meek but powerful (The Princess Diaries, The Abandon Trilogy-though I still think Pierce is week, the Insatiable duology). Too rich to be true Manhattanites starring in the book and fawning over the main character (She Went All the Way, The Heather Wells series, The Princess Diaries). A beautiful evil mean girl (Avalon High the Graphic novels, The Princess Diaries, Airhead trilogy).

Yes, I get that author tropes is going to be a crutch that the author relies on but…

Come on.

Also, while the story is clearly a standalone and while I applaud and appreciate it, it sort of faded in the back of my mind because Cabot has so many great series.
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3,745 reviews87 followers
November 21, 2009
Jean Honeychurch, also known as Jinx (because everything that can go wrong does, whenever she’s around), moves to New York to live with her relatives after breaking up with a guy from her hometown (in Iowa) who won’t take no for an answer. Her cousin Tory, whom Jinx remembers fondly from several years ago, is a completely different person – beautiful, sophisticated, worldly, and also, really, really mean. For no good reason. After Jinx saves hot next-door neighbor, Zach, from being hit by a bike messenger (she takes the hit herself), Tory warms up unexpectedly. She confides that she is a practicing witch, and believes Jinx may also have inherited powers from a common ancestor – Bronwyn. When Jinx refuses to join her coven, and warns Tory not to use her magic for evil, however, Tory decides to make Jinx’s life miserable. It doesn’t help that Tory has feelings for Zach, who obviously prefers Jinx.

Jinx interferes in Tory’s plans – binding her so that she can’t hurt anyone else with her magic. Tory retaliates by using “normal” means to harass and threaten the people she sees as obstacles to her plans. She takes every opportunity to hurt and humiliate Jinx, and this culminates in her attempt to steal Jinx’s powers by drinking her blood. Having finally gone too far, Tory is shipped off to boot camp (in Iowa of all places), and Jinx remains in New York on scholarship, having finally embraced her powers and the fact that Zach likes her.

I absolutely hated this book, and that’s something I very rarely say/feel about anything I read. I listened to the audio book edition, and I had to fast-forward through several scenes because I just couldn’t stand listening to Jinx/Jean bemoan her fate (and Tory’s evil plans) anymore. It’s difficult to develop any sympathy for Jean because she has this gloomy Eeyore attitude – “Everything always happens to ME.” She blames herself for everything, too, apologizes for everything, and she’s completely clueless about Zach’s feelings for her (common trope for a romance). It gets really old. Then there’s cousin Tory, who apparently used to be nice, but has undergone this transformation into Complete Psychopathic Wench from Hell. Seriously, no one is this unrelentingly evil and manipulative (unless you make the case that Tory is actually mentally ill – which no one ever does). Zach, an affable character whom we’re supposed to like as much as Jean and Tory do, is much less appealing because it’s impossible to understand what he sees in Jean – she’s so incredibly annoying! It also feels like Jean is keeping secrets from her readers (as well as everyone else) throughout her story, because the big revelations – that she has powers, that she’s used them before, that she’s guilty of misusing them like Tory – pretty much happen for readers when everyone else in the book finds out. What’s the use of being trapped in her ridiculous, annoying thoughts all the time if she’s never going to let us in? Don’t even get me started on Jean’s struggle for self-acceptance and witchy empowerment. Whatever. She won’t embrace her powers, oh no! She’s still really freaky powerful, though – yay! She finally accepts who she is! Enough! Let’s never, ever, ever revisit this story again. I’ve liked others of Meg Cabot’s novels – the first couple Princess Diaries, and Avalon High – so I was pretty shocked to have loathed this one so very much.
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2,722 reviews
March 3, 2020
This is a cute, easy read. Jean, nicknamed Jinx for her clumsiness and bad luck, is a sweet girl. She's genuinely a good person and is just trying to escape a bad situation. Her cousin Tori, on the other hand, is a bully who thinks she's better than everyone else. It was hard seeing Jean try with Tori and constantly be hurt by her. Her obliviousness to Zach killed me too, come on girl, he clearly likes you! The witch stuff was okay, I would've liked it to be a bit more prominent in the story.
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145 reviews7 followers
September 6, 2023
Literally love this book so much!!! It’s one of my favorite books ever and it gets me into the fall mood. It’s got the best fall vibes and romance, and the plot is so fun. This is for sure a comfort book for me and I’ve reread it so many times. It’s got a touch of magic, but it’s worked into another plot line. You should read this if you like Gilmore Girls, fall, or Halloween movies. I had so much fun reading this! 6/5 ⭐️

After my 5th read of this book it’s still one of my favorites lol
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635 reviews25 followers
April 12, 2020
It’s on the higher end of the 2* not exactly 3.
Review to come!
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2,289 reviews35 followers
March 1, 2020
Read for a challenge, enjoyable story.
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91 reviews3 followers
October 10, 2007
This is the first book I've read by Meg Cabot, so I probably started off on the wrong foot with her. I've heard so many wonderful things about her Princess books, and this cover caught my eye. But as they say, you can't judge a book...

I found Jinx to be predictable and a little tiresome. The main character (from my beloved Hawkeye state) was so naive and trusting that she made me cringe. The plot didn't have anything really new to it -- girl meets boy, girls crushes on boy, girl gets boy, with a few witchy interludes. Run of the mill. Still I gave it two stars rather than one because it read quickly, and I wanted to find out what happened to Jean and Tory and Zach. But ultimately this book felt flat.
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1,189 reviews382 followers
March 21, 2020
Cute teen paranormal romance with Meg Cabot’s brilliant humor.

Though I genuinely enjoyed the book, and liked Jinx, I disliked her nonstop whining about her misfortune. Of course, her bad luck is the base of the story, but her behaviour is annoying.

Zach is irresistible, no wonder everyone is nuts about him.

The ending is really exciting, so overall it's a great, fun story.
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258 reviews21 followers
February 13, 2023
I bought this book a long time ago and if I had read it then I'd probably it is enjoyed it a lot more but this book wasn't very fast paced and it wasn't a story what really kept you in tree and what was going on on it was about a girl called Jane and her cousin called Tori and their grandma being a witch and she was the witch in the family or her and Jane were both witches but apart from this there wasn't much what was going on apart from Zack's relationship with Jane as them just been friends there's not really much more to say about this book as there wasn't really much going on I really wanted to love this book because of when I got it but it just didn't
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60 reviews24 followers
September 2, 2018
reading Meg Cabot after all these years was like a weird time travel trip: I'd never read this one (it's probably the only one I never read) but it still transported me back to being 14.

That's one down, 12 to go on my 13 books about witches challenge for sept-oct!
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57 reviews3 followers
September 21, 2022
eu teria amado muito esse livro se tivesse lido aos 13 anos, mas com 22 só consegui apreciar pela sua ingenuidade e elementos que me lembraram jovens bruxas e abracadabra
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108 reviews35 followers
April 22, 2021
Meg Cabot consegue escrever livros fofinhos para passar o tempo.
Adorei a leitura, fácil e fluída.
Uma ótima pedida para uma leitura leve de férias.
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524 reviews37 followers
February 25, 2010
Moving from a small town in Iowa to New York City was the best way Jean Honeychurch and her family could think of to handle the problem she was having with a boy. The problem wasn’t just the boy, Jean had been having bad luck all of her life starting with the day she was born. She even received the nickname of Jinx from her family at a young age, because of her constant string of mishaps. Meeting her cousins friends and finding out that some of them believed themselves to be witches and those witches, including her cousin Tory, believing that she was a witch and wanting her to join their coven, left Jinx scarred that the true reason for her troubles was about to come out.

What a fun story. Quick and fast paced, although it was predictable. The characters were great - a bunch of high school students, their dates, crushes and worries, popularity contests and all. I really liked Zach and Petra (one of the boys and the families au pair) they seemed to be great supporting characters for Jean. There is a point in the story were Jean is described as a good influence against the drugs, alcohol, smoking and witch craft but as Jean thinks about it - “God, no wonder she hated me so much! I hated me, hearing myself described in such a way.” Fun for young teens up. After finally trying a Meg Cabot book, maybe I will give one of her series a try.
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Author 5 books487 followers
November 6, 2012
Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

Jean, aka Jinx, is the most unlucky person ever to live. Jinx says this about herself: "If I didn't have bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all."

And that only gets worse when she arrives in New York.

After her ex-boyfriend begins stalking her, she moves from her little town in Iowa to New York City to live with her aunt and uncle. Her cousin, Tory, Jean quickly realizes, is not the same as she was five years ago, when they would climb trees together and swim in the river. On her first day in New York she sees Tory hanging out with her friends, drinking and doing drugs.

What Jean doesn't realize at first is that Tory thinks she's a witch.

So what was it that made Jean leave her home? What's up with Tory and this whole "witch" thing?

JINX is Mrs. Cabot's best paranormal book yet! Jean is so funny, klutzy, and naive that it's impossible not to love her! I just could not put this book down after I turned the first page! I was even laughing when I read the first paragraph! Yet another great book from Meg Cabot, as expected!
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