So you just read the latest Meg Cabot books, did you miss this one?…
Jinx by Meg Cabot. 2007.
Audience: around 7th Grade and up; 12 and up
My Rating: 4*s of 5
Teaser: Sixteen-year-old Jean “Jinx” Honeychurch must leave Iowa for mysterious reasons to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Manhattan. Although she now attends a posh NY private school, Jinx’s once friendly cousin Tory seems bent on making her visit a nightmare. Jinx will have to find a way stop her cousin from practicing a black magic that endangers them and the boy-next-door they both love.
My Comments: Don’t be fooled by this book’s seemingly normal beginning–there’s some magic on the way! Once it arrived, I was hooked on Jinx. “Cousin Jean” Jinx reminds me of the main character from Dairy Queen in that you really like her but kind of want to give her a shake and wake her up to what is going on! Jinx lacks confidence, often failing to speak her mind and insist that she be treated with respect and fairness. Of course, domineering cousin Tory–a master manipulator–plays this to her own full advantage. Jinx’s wimpiness comes into contrast at the end of the story when she *finally* stands up for herself and comes into her own…but I can’t tell you how! That would spoil the fun!
Read-alikes: Avalon High by Meg Cabot