Jean has earned her nickname, Jinx. And it’s for that very reason, her tendency to attract and cause trouble that she has now fled from her small town to her Aunt’s home in New York City. Jean’s hoping to start a new life, one in which she could go two minutes without messing stuff up.
But she’s not up to a great start when she finds out her once adorable and fun cousin Tory is now a gothic seductress trapped in a high schooler’s life. And Tory doesn’t find Jean charming like her friends do.
When Jean only angers her cousin further, entirely by accident, by befriending Tory’s cute boy-next-door crush, Jean learns out more about why Tory’s “act” isn’t as much of an act as she was hoping it was. And, of course, she has try and keep Tory from not only endangering herself, but everyone else around them.
But what could she expect? She’s a jinx.
As expected from Meg Cabot, Jinx didn’t fail to entertain me. The pages flew by so quickly I was done before I knew it. Jean is likable and different from Meg’s other characters. And Meg always manages to make the guys in her books worthy of being crushed on.
There were quite a few honest-to-goodness twists in there, too. It’s great when you can’t see ‘em coming. Jinx had a fresh feel about it, especially in contrast to other paranormal YA novels. You know you’re reading a great author when you flipping pages swiftly even as you think, “I wouldn’t say this is the best Meg Cabot book.”
Like I said, I wouldn’t go so far as to rank it as high on my personal favorites list as the Mediator series, which I’d say would be the closest comparison in this instance. However, it had classic Cabot humor, romance, and suspense. Plus, it was fun. It’s hard sometimes when you have such high expectations for an author’s books to critique them fairly.
Don’t get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed Jinx. I think it just calls to mind how awesome Meg Cabot really is. She’s yet to have a dud. I’m always satisfied by the last page.
What more could you ask for?