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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  21,136 ratings  ·  1,212 reviews
It wasn't just the power failure the night Jean Honeychurch was born that earned her the nickname Jinx: misfortune seems to follow her wherever she goes.
Paperback, 254 pages
Published September 7th 2007 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Hannah Absolutely if you love romance, and magic, it would be perfect. Very entertaining.
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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 Pri
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 ...more
Oct 13, 2007 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "Charmed"
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
I Eat Words
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 th
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, s ...more
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
Sep 22, 2007 Namratha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ya-lit
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 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,
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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 a
Oct 10, 2007 Samantha rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Meg Cabot fans I guess
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
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Fleur Meijvogel
This book is simply fun to read. It starts by showing just how unlucky Jinx actually is and how it from that point on it just keeps getting worse for her. I really like the way this book is written, it’s so much fun to read even though the characters are a little predictable. The only thing I didn't like about this book is that it started getting a little repetitive near the end, nothing was happening and it got a little boring. However I can definitely recommend this book. It's easy to read, it ...more
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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 wi ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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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 toget
Juamild Fermin
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Whoops, finished this ages ago.

I really wanted to more than simply "like" this story, but Jinx just drove me nuts. I can't think of anyone as oblivious as her. She was just so repetitively down and negative in reference to herself that it got old really fast, even once she had the support of other people.

Which okay. So maybe old habits die hard, but then she's overly optimistic about people who are basically cruel, and it's really hard to believe that anyone would really be that naive enough to
Tina Cantin
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I remember reading this when I was abut 11 or 12, and loving it. It definitely awoke my love for mythology, magic, and fantasy novels. Re-reading it now, I still found it enjoyable, but also quite irritating. Kind of like Cabot's Abandon series, she had a good premise, but she ruined it with an annoying main character who explained EVERYTHING. That's not a good thing. My English teacher's favourite motto in school was "show, not tell." That is perfect for this novel. Give a little mystery, Meg! ...more
Guitar Chick
(Three and a half stars)

What can I say? I'm a sucker for Meg Cabot. Jinx is a very like-able and solid venture into chick lit, familiar territory for Cabot. Heck, she's the queen of fluffy chick lit, with just enough substance to not feel completely vapid, which is what we all need every now and then.

One of the most admirable aspects of Jinx is something that's not even a part of the story: It's a stand-alone. In the YA publishing world, everything is a series. There are always sequels and conti
Jean has an issue with luck. Actually they avoid each other entirely! Jean has such bad luck that her family had nicknamed her Jinx.

Jinx has decided to try and put all of her bad luck behind her when she moves to Manhattan to live with her Aunt and Uncle. Unfortunately Jinx doesn’t quite fit in with her trendy cousin Tory and her friends.

Tory has been practicing witchcraft with a small coven of her friends ever since she heard the story of the families "possession" of the craft. Once Tory realiz
Trisha W.
Where has Meg Cabot been all of my reading years? This is my first book by her and I could not put it down. I did very little house work yesterday because I kept thinking about this book.
It starts off with Jean (Jinx) moving in with her Aunt and Uncle because of something that happened back Iowa where she lives. Jean is happy to be moving in with her Aunt and Uncle for a while. She hasn't seen her cousin Tory in a long time, she was thinking things would pick up where they left them years ago. B
This is definitely a first - the first time a Meg Cabot book has reminded me of Louisa May Alcott. Jinx is pretty much An Old-Fashioned Girl, except that the hottie is the next-door neighbor instead of the cousin. And, you know, the whole witchcraft and prom thing. But you know LMA - who once said she hoped that her books would end up having the most beat-up and ratty looking covers in the whole library because that would mean kids were reading them - would be down with that.

Jinx is the story of
Rain Lochner

The book starts out with Jean a.k.a Jinx moving to Manhattan to live with her aunt and uncle. Upon arrival she meats her new and "improved" cousin tori, spits a long island ice tea on a very hot guy and almost gets killed by a bike messenger. This it seems is a fairly normal day for Jinx and the book continues from there with jinx acclimating in a new school and going head to head with her slightly insane cousin named tori. Throughout the novel Jinx has to deal with fact that she may be a witch
Amy (amyb2332)
I'm not quite done with this book yet but I wanted to get down I something I found funny. A little book background could be helpful. On a very basic level, the book is about Jinx (a good girl) and her cousin Tory (a bad girl). They are feuding and Tory has gone crazy. A boy Jinx likes is trying to convince her to go to the school dance and she agrees saying, "What bad can happen at a dance?"

This is one of the essential flaws of the main character (Jinx). She is incredibly naive! I mean, what ba
Miss Kitty
Jun 19, 2007 Miss Kitty rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cabotphiles and people who love YA supernatural reads
Shelves: fluffygirlstuff
Poor Jean! She’s had bad luck since the day she was born and a lightning storm shut down all the lights in the hospital. Fast-forward to high school and Jean, who her family has rechristened Jinx, leaves her native Iowa under mysterious circumstances. Destination: New York City to live with her mom’s sister and her family. Jinx arrives and immediately solidifies her reputation as hick cousin from Iowa when she’s offered a Long Island Ice Tea (“I’ve never been to Long Island,” says Jean). When sh ...more
Caitie Roee
I loved jinx! It was basically your average easy read type of book! But it was also a lot of fun! I really enjoyed reading it and I recommended it to all of my friends!i also loved the main character, jinx and the twisted relationship between her and her cousin!i loved everything about this book, hell I even liked her twisted psycho cousin she brought the drama and craziness and I loved that! I wish meg would make a second book because I just had so much fun with this book and can't wait to retr ...more
Meg Cabot has done it again!

I'm not a super fan of Being Nikki and Teen Idol but after seeing this cover and reading the back, I decided to read the book, and FINALLY I found a book about witches that doesn't suck like Sabrina the Teenage Wicth did, even though that was a TV series.

Sure jean doesn't right away understand that Zach likes her but come on, not all of us girls can catch up so quickly. Other than that, the book was really good. Tori is the only characters I absolutely wish wasn't th
Heather Rice
This book keeps you on your toes! Is the curse Jinx is under really a curse or something else entirely? What secrets does her cousin have and why does little Miss perfect not like Jinx? Oh wait.. the curse.. right? If you like magic and adventure this is the book for you!
To avoid an unpleasant ex-boyfriend, Jean moves from her small town to stay with her aunt and uncle in NYC. There, she's surprised at the dark changes her cousin Tory has undergone, but not surprised to learn that she's just as unlucky as ever. To protect herself from Tory's malign influence, Jinx slowly delves into her magical heritage, all the while unsure whether magic is real or not. The conflict was interesting; the romance was not. Jinx has a smart, common-sense approach to everything else ...more
Ana Devecka
This is a cute book about a girl, her mean cousin, a boy and some magic. It is a very fast read and for middle grade and younger teens.
Nothing really happens much and there is no big conflict. Like I said, for younger kids.
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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 flun
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“I loved you way before you ever had a chance to put a spell on me. I loved you at 'I've never been to Long Island,'" Zach said.
I couldn't keep a big goofy grin from my face.
I loved you at 'I like seals,'" I admitted. He grinned back.”
“See? Anger can be healthy. When the time comes–and it will come–remember that. And what I said. Embrace your powers–love yourself the way Nature made you, and you will prevail. Always.” 83 likes
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