Monday, 18 October 2010


Author: Meg Cabot
Genre: Young Adult/Supernatural
Pages: 262
Published: 2007
First Line: "The thing is, my luck's always been rotten."

Synopsis: Just because trouble and mayhem follow her doesn't mean Jean Honeychurch has to agree or like her nickname, Jinx. After Jinx creates havoc in her small Iowa hometown she's sent to New York City to live with her aunt's family until things die down a bit at home. Unfortunately, Jinx learns that her bad luck has followed her to NYC. Her cousin, Tory, is definitely not happy to have Jinx living with her family and tries to keep her dark secret from being exposed.

My Thoughts:
I liked this book for the light, fluffy read that it was. If you're looking for a gripping supernatural read, this isn't it. It's more of a light-hearted Gossip Girl meets a wee bit of the supernatural. I admit that there is a supernatural element ... but it's barely there. The storyline is fairly predictable (even the shocking secret isn't all that eye popping) but the story flows well and it's a nice read for a rainy afternoon.

My biggest beef about this book is that the characters are too cliched and one-dimensional. Cabot needs to liven up her cast of characters a bit. Jinx is a little too 'farm fresh' and goody two shoes (even her name Jean Honeychurch is so very cutsie). Then there's cousin Tory who is the raving, self-centred be-otch out for blood ... Personally I'd like to see more character development to keep me interested and feel like there's some closure to the story.

My Rating: 3/5 stars

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