Jinx by Meg Cabot

2109369

Format: Paperback

Does Jinx have back luck – or special powers?

A WITCH’S powers?

Where Jinx goes, trouble follows. Which is why her parents have shipped her off to New York to stay with relatives – until the trouble she’s caused back home dies down. But her presence seems to spell instant disaster for her perfect cousin, Tory. And what was she thinking, getting involved with hot guy Zack? Jinx is starting to wonder if she’s more than unlucky… could she be CURSED?

 This book is a generally light-hearted story about a teenager with magical abilities. It’s a different, subtle book about magic but because there seems like there is plenty of other stuff going on the magic isn’t as prominent in my memory of what the book is about. I mean, the book is all around magic and how Jinx is a witch but I it’s so different and subtler to what books about magic are normally like that it isn’t the first thing I think of when I remember this book.

It’s such an easy book to read.

We follow Jinx through the rest of the school year as she has her ups and downs, although it’s mostly downs, and how she gets through it all and everything ends up being good in the end.

Yes, it’s that kind of book. A book where you can guess some parts of the plot and that has a happily-ever-after.

But that doesn’t mean that it’s not a good book.

The story is interesting with lots of twists to it and the characters are varied and so keeps the story alive as different characters are involved in different events in the book.

I like how different some of the characters are. Jinx, actually called Jean, is a typical teenager, worried about people accepting her and about fitting in at a new school and how things will work out with living with her relatives who she hasn’t seen for about 5 years.

But Jean sometimes also has the nagging worry in the back of her mind about the consequences of her actions, the reason why she was shipping off to New York, and the regret in starting to believe in a story that her grandma used to tell her as a child.

When we first meet Tory, Jean’s cousin, she is completely different to what Jean has remembered and I disliked her a little from the beginning and then as the book progresses and she treats Jinx badly and blames her for everything and then executes her revenge she becomes the evil villain of the story and people will think that she will never change.

Her Aunt, Uncle and two younger cousin don’t feature as much in the book but when they do her aunt, at least, if not her uncle as well are caring and understanding, having lived with Tory all her life they know the trouble she gets herself into and although they may not know what Tory is always doing or how she is tormenting Jean they do show sympathy and kindness towards Jean which makes her feel like they like having her with them. Jean’s younger cousins are cute and exactly what you’d expect from a 3 and 5 year old.

Petra, the au-pair, is a little more involved as Tory doesn’t like her as so she is one of her victims but Jean and Petra instantly get along and Jean likes to help Petra in any way that she can.

Zach is the cute guy next door and you fall for him pretty much as soon as you meet him but the annoying thing is Tory is already in love with him but they’re not going out as it is believed that he loves Petra, the au-pair. But everyone can see that he falls for Jean, even if she doesn’t see it herself.

The mix up of all these character plus a few more make this a book about Jean finding her way in a new family and trying to fit in at her new school which she had to join half way through the second part of the year.

This book is great for young teenagers as it’s all about finding your way and tyring to fix mistakes but it could also be a good read for older teenagers as a light love story with a little magic mixed in to make a slightly different story to everything that’s around at the moment.

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