Jinx

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Overview

Do not get to know me. Do not ask me out. Do not love me. Be warned!
I am Jinx.
Jinx doesn't start out as Jinx — at first she's dull, safe, boring Jen. Jen who always hands her homework in on time, Jen who never stays out late, Jen who can always be counted on.
When Jen's first boyfriend dies, she thinks she's unlucky...until her second ...

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Overview

Do not get to know me. Do not ask me out. Do not love me. Be warned!
I am Jinx.
Jinx doesn't start out as Jinx — at first she's dull, safe, boring Jen. Jen who always hands her homework in on time, Jen who never stays out late, Jen who can always be counted on.
When Jen's first boyfriend dies, she thinks she's unlucky...until her second boyfriend dies too. Jen is Jinx now — a curse, a promise of bad luck, a girl who's angry and alone, who can't get close to people anymore.
Can Jinx find her way back to being Jen again?

With the help of her understanding mother and a close friend, Jen eventually outgrows her nickname, Jinx, and deals with the deaths of two boys with whom she had been involved.

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Editorial Reviews

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Booklist (starred review) Intricate, vivid language.

Publishers Weekly The brief narratives precisely capture the spirit of a character, feeling, or moment. Together, the poems create something larger: a portrait of a young woman pulling herself out of despair.

Kirkus Reviews A subtly wrought, deeply affecting story.

SLJ The voices are distinct, and all ring true.

Publishers Weekly
"Connected poems compellingly tell the story of a self-proclaimed jinx as she weathers the tragic, unrelated deaths of two consecutive boyfriends," said PW. Ages 14-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Booklist

(starred review)Intricate, vivid language.

Publishers Weekly

The brief narratives precisely capture the spirit of a character, feeling, or moment. Together, the poems create something larger: a portrait of a young woman pulling herself out of despair.

Kirkus Reviews

A subtly wrought, deeply affecting story.

SLJ

The voices are distinct, and all ring true.

KLIATT
To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, September 2002: Jinx is an excellent example of how a talented writer can use the format of many short poems to tell a complex story from several points of view. Wild is Australian, and so is her character Jinx, but their story will be easily understood by any teenager. Jinx is a high school student with a good group of girlfriends. She lives with her single mom and her sister Grace, who has Down's Syndrome. The girls visit their father and his new wife regularly. Each one of these characters has a voice, a poem or more to express their feelings and place in the story, as do the following people in the story. Jinx's first love is Charlie, a handsome, rather wild boy who becomes lost in depression and commits suicide. This sends Jinx into a tailspin of temporary drunkenness and wildness, to a life that introduces her to Ben, who becomes a sort of boyfriend. Ben dies in a freak accident. This is how Jinx got her name: her two boyfriends died. She is in a rage and harasses the boy she considers responsible for Ben's death—until she falls in love with him. Dramatic events, deep emotions, yet the poetry format keeps it all in control, with a spareness that causes a powerful response in the reader. This will be popular, if introduced to readers. There are some obscenities and sexual scenes, which might not be appropriate in a junior high library. KLIATT Codes: S—Recommended for senior high school students. 2002, Simon & Schuster, 215p., Ages 15 to 18.
—Claire Rosser
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-When Jen's boyfriend commits suicide, she is lonely, sad, bewildered, and rebellious. During this bleak period, she starts drinking and having casual sex, but then meets Ben and begins the long journey back to normalcy. After he dies, a classmate calls her "Jinx," and Jen decides the name fits her. Seeking to strike out at Hal, the person responsible for Ben's accident, and not realizing or caring where her angry words fall, Jinx conducts a secret, malicious assault. It is not until she actually meets and becomes friends with Hal that she is able to begin putting aside the hurt and anger that have plagued her since childhood. In confronting and dealing with the family issues that have been a lingering shadow all her life, the teen learns that love and forgiveness are a first step to maturity. This newfound acceptance and understanding of herself, her family, and her friends enables Jinx to want to be Jen again. In a style reminiscent of Mel Glenn's Who Killed Mr. Chippendale? (Dutton, 1996), the story is told in verse form. This technique allows the author to acquaint readers with each character and to weave a powerful story of teen angst. The voices are distinct, and all ring true, giving insight into the parents' lives and concerns as well as those of the teens. While the setting is in Australia, the central theme of family dynamics is so universal that it could be anywhere.-Sharon Morrison, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689865411
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 2/24/2004
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 529,089
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Wild has published over thirty books, including The Very Best of Friends, Fox, and Our Granny. This is her first novel for teens. Margaret lives in Sydney, Australia.

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JINX


By margaret wild

Walker & Company

Copyright © 2002 Margaret Wild
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0802788300


Chapter One

JINX Do not get to know me. Do not ask me out. Do not love me. Be warned! I am Jinx. she is jen She is Jen. Not yet Jinx. She lives with her mother and sister Grace, in a shabby row house in the inner west, where babies' first words are "car" and "plane." She loves it here, she wouldn't live anywhere else. But week after week, month after month, each day, each night, is relentlessly the same: school homework dinner TV more homework bed. She screeches at her mother and sister, she screeches to feel alive. She wishes for something to happen. Anything. Everything! JEN >>> good girl I don't- skip school shoplift smoke or drink. I do my homework study hand in assignments on time. I look after my sister iron my school clothes help Mom with the dishes. I am sensible reliable responsible (that's what my school reports say). I am too quiet dull safe boring! (that's what I say). By my eighteenth birthday I want to have smoked (cigarettes and joints) got drunk had sex!!! jen's mom will write Jen's mom writes advertising copy. She specializes in white goods: washing machines, dryers, fridges, freezers, dishwashers. She hates these appliances hulking in corners, power-hungry and fractious. One day, she will have a wood stove, and she'll write about things that matter- she will write about birth anddeath, about love and the absence of love, about fathers and children, about mothers and daughters, about lovers and friends. She'll write about the whole goddamn wonderful, awful business of loving and being loved.



Excerpted from JINX by margaret wild Copyright © 2002 by Margaret Wild
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

    Jinx (formerly Jen) has really bad luck with relationships - to say the least! <BR/><BR/>Her first boyfriend dies and she gets upset but eventually gets over it. Then her second boyfriend dies and now she is Jinx, not Jen. Her teachers, friends, and her parents all call her Jinx. She says that if you go out with her you will die. <BR/><BR/>Before she started dating, she was boring old Jen who never stayed out late and always turned her homework in on time. Now she is all alone, boyfriend-less and depressed. <BR/><BR/>Towards the end of the book we find her trying to find her way back to being Jen, and no longer Jinx. <BR/><BR/>Written in poetry style, JINX is kind of depressing, even the end of the book. You feel sorry for Jen/Jinx, but at the same time I felt that I couldn't get to know her enough as a character to really care about her. This is a super-fast read, at times interesting, but I wish there had been more to the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

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    Jinx (formerly Jen) has really bad luck with relationships - to say the least! Her first boyfriend dies and she gets upset but eventually gets over it. Then her second boyfriend dies and now she is Jinx, not Jen. Her teachers, friends, and her parents all call her Jinx. She says that if you go out with her you will die. Before she started dating, she was boring old Jen who never stayed out late and always turned her homework in on time. Now she is all alone, boyfriend-less and depressed. Towards the end of the book we find her trying to find her way back to being Jen, and no longer Jinx. Written in poetry style, JINX is kind of depressing, even the end of the book. You feel sorry for Jen/Jinx, but at the same time I felt that I couldn't get to know her enough as a character to really care about her. This is a super-fast read, at times interesting, but I wish there had been more to the story. **Reviewed by: Taylor Rector

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2004

    It's an outstanding book

    A girl by the name Jen is tired of being proclaimed as 'The sweet innocent girl'. She meets a boy by the name of Charlie, they then start dating. Jen feels something is bothering Charlie. 'The ropes tied in a perfect knot.' A burst of light shines through as the soundless dooor opens.' The transformation of Jinx begins. I would recommend this book to teenagers who feel they've wronged in anyway. This book will open your eyes to that maybe the targets aren't the problem. Other people just see their own nsecutities in the one that they are targeting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2004

    Pretty good

    Hmm, well i liked how it was writin, and the whole stroy of how it was, kinda like a journal diary type thing. its sad what Jen had to go thru.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2004

    Loved it.

    I loved how the story was told in poetry form. It was a very deep and emotional book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2004

    It was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book was awesome, All of my friends enjoyed it we ae each buying the book!

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