The Low Down: Jean Honeychurch is going to finish out her sophomore year in New York City, living with her aunt, uncle and three cousins. She’s leaving Hancock, Iowa, glad to be getting away from the small house, large family, shared bathroom and one boy. A boy that Jean liked, a lot, but stopped liking once he became too possessive. Not that it was 100% his fault…
Jean is known as Jinx in the family, because bad luck seems to follow her around. And it looks like it followed her to the Big Apple, too. She’s just arrived, and already bad things are happening. First, her aunt and uncle forget to pick her up at the airport. Second, the cousin that’s her age, Tory, has really changed (and not for the better, either). Third, Tory’s gorgeous next door neighbor, Zach, almost gets nailed and badly hurt by a bike messenger avoiding a car. An accident that Jean sees before it happens, so she pushes Zach out of harm’s way.
The next day she in confronted by Tory (who goes by Torrance now, thank you very much). Tory knows something’s up with Jean, that Jean knew the accident was going to happen. She knows what Jean is, and she wants to be a part of it. But when Jean starts to sense that Tory isn’t interested in using this information for good, she knows that she is going to have to delve into something she has been trying hard to forget about – a legacy that she didn’t ask for.
Best Thang ‘Bout It: I just love Meg Cabot. You know what you’re getting when you read her books, though there’s always a little secret in there, too. There was a little more darkness in this one! There’s some messed-up bidness up in here.
I’m Cranky Because: When you’ve read as many book as I have, having the main character be oblivious to a potential love interest can be derivative; but if it is an otherwise good book, I try to read it with fresh eyes.
To Read or Not To Read: Yes. It is a quick, fun read with a little bit of a dark side.
Jinx by Meg Cabot was published July 31, 2007 by HarperTeen.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Paranormal Romance
Ages: 14 and up
You Might Want to Know: Underage drinking; references to drugs & drug use