Jinx by Meg Cabot (review by Anahita F. ’17)

JinxJinx by Meg Cabot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

To escape recent troubles in Iowa Jean Honeychurch, nicknamed Jinx, flies to Manhattan to stay with her Uncle Ted and Aunt Evelyn. She believes the change will be a fresh start and will make life easier for her, right? Wrong. Jean does not fit in with her upscale, posh cousin Tory and her friends who pass time doing drugs and practicing witchcraft. Jean refuses to join in either pursuit, knowing the dangers of witchcraft from experience. This outrages Tory, and she decides to plot against Jean. To make things worse, Tory and Jean start falling for the next door neighbor, Zack. The difference in culture between Jean’s hometown and Manhattan was well portrayed and I deeply sympathized with Jean as she adjusted to her new environment. In my opinion, the rivalry between the cousins was taken too far. Jinx is a bit cliché. Two girls are in love with the same boy and become enemies. Sound familiar? Nevertheless, Cabot plausibly captures the conflict between Jean and her cousin Tory without making the novel too fantastic and keeping the reader interested. – Anahita F. ‘17

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