by Meg Cabot


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It's not easy being Jinx.

Jean Honeychurch hates her boring name (not Jean Marie, or Jeanette, just . . . Jean). What's worse? Her all-too-appropriate nickname, Jinx. Misfortune seems to follow her everywhere she goes—even to New York City, where Jinx has moved to get away from the huge mess she caused in her small hometown. Her aunt and uncle welcome her to their Manhattan town house, but her beautiful cousin Tory isn't so thrilled. . . .

In fact, Tory is hiding a dangerous secret—one that could put them all in danger. Soon Jinx realizes it isn't just bad luck she's been running from . . . and that the curse she has lived under since the day she was born may be the only thing that can save her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060837662
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/12/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 506,371
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, FL, with her husband.


New York, New York

Place of Birth:

Bloomington, Indiana


B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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Jinx (PLM)

Chapter One

The thing is, my luck's always been rotten. Just look at my name: Jean. Not Jean Marie, or Jeanine, or Jeanette, or even Jeanne. Just Jean. Did you know in France, they name boys Jean? It's French for John.

And okay, I don't live in France. But still. I'm basically a girl named John. If I lived in France, anyway.

This is the kind of luck I have. The kind of luck I've had since before Mom even filled out my birth certificate.

So it wasn't any big surprise to me when the cab driver didn't help me with my suitcase. I'd already had to endure arriving at the airport to find no one there to greet me, and then got no answer to my many phone calls, asking where my aunt and uncle were. Did they not want me after all? Had they changed their minds? Had they heard about my bad luck—all the way from Iowa—and decided they didn't want any of it to rub off on them?

But even if that were true—and as I'd told myself a million times since arriving at baggage claim, where they were supposed to have met me, and seeing no one but skycaps and limo drivers with little signs with everyone's names on them but mine—there was nothing I could do about it. I certainly couldn't go home. It was New York City—and Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Ted's house—or bust.

So when the cab driver, instead of getting out and helping me with my bags, just pushed a little button so that the trunk popped open a few inches, it wasn't the worst thing that had ever happened to me. It wasn't even the worst thing that had happened to me that day.

I pulled out my bags, each ofwhich had to weigh fifty thousand pounds, at least—except my violin case, of course—and then closed the trunk again, all while standing in the middle of East Sixty-ninth Street, with a line of cars behind me, honking impatiently because they couldn't pass, due to the fact that there was a Stanley Steemer van double-parked across the street from my aunt and uncle's building.

Why me? Really. I'd like to know.

The cab pulled away so fast, I practically had to leap between two parked cars to keep from getting run over. The honking stopped as the line of cars that had been waiting behind the cab started moving again, their drivers all throwing me dirty looks as they went by.

It was all the dirty looks that did it—made me realize I was really in New York City. At last.

And yeah, I'd seen the skyline from the cab as it crossed the Triboro Bridge... the island of Manhattan, in all its gritty glory, with the Empire State Building sticking up from the middle of it like a big glittery middle finger.

But the dirty looks were what really cinched it. No one back in Hancock would ever have been that mean to someone who was clearly from out of town.

Not that all that many people visit Hancock. But whatever.

Then there was the street I was standing on. It was one of those streets that look exactly like the ones they always show on TV when they're trying to let you know something is set in New York. Like on Law and Order. You know, the narrow three- or four-story brownstones with the brightly painted front doors and the stone stoops....

According to my mom, most brownstones in New York City were originally single-family homes when they were built way back in the 1800s. But now they've been divided up into apartments, so that there's one—or sometimes even two or more families—per floor.

Not Mom's sister Evelyn's brownstone, though. Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Ted Gardiner own all four floors of their brownstone. That's practically one floor per person, since Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Ted only have three kids, my cousins Tory, Teddy, and Alice.

Back home, we just have two floors, but there are seven people living on them. And only one bathroom. Not that I'm complaining. Still, ever since my sister Courtney discovered blow-outs, it's been pretty grim at home.

But as tall as my aunt and uncle's house was, it was really narrow—just three windows across. Still, it was a very pretty townhouse, painted gray, with lighter gray trim. The door was a bright, cheerful yellow. There were yellow flower boxes along the base of each window, flower boxes from which bright red—and obviously newly planted, since it was only the middle of April, and not quite warm enough for them—geraniums spilled.

It was nice to know that, even in a sophisticated city like New York, people still realized how homey and welcoming a box of geraniums could be. The sight of those geraniums cheered me up a little.

Like maybe Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Ted just forgot I was arriving today, and hadn't deliberately failed to meet me at the airport because they'd changed their minds about letting me come to stay.

Like everything was going to be all right, after all.

Yeah. With my luck, probably not.

I started up the steps to the front door of 326 East Sixty-ninth Street, then realized I couldn't make it with both bags and my violin. Leaving one bag on the sidewalk, I dragged the other up the steps with me, my violin tucked under one arm. I deposited the first suitcase and my violin case at the top of the steps, then hurried back down for the second suitcase, which I'd left on the sidewalk.

Only I guess I took the steps a little too fast, since I nearly tripped and fell flat on my face on the sidewalk. I managed to catch myself at the last moment by grabbing some of the wrought-iron fencing the Gardiners had put up...

Jinx (PLM). Copyright © by Meg Cabot. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Jinx 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 186 reviews.
InkandPage More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3 The Low Down: Jean Honeychurch is going to finish out her sophomore year in New York City, living with her aunt, uncle and three cousins. She’s leaving Hancock, Iowa, glad to be getting away from the small house, large family, shared bathroom and one boy. A boy that Jean liked, a lot, but stopped liking once he became too possessive. Not that it was 100% his fault... Jean is known as Jinx in the family, because bad luck seems to follow her around. And it looks like it followed her to the Big Apple, too. She’s just arrived, and already bad things are happening. First, her aunt and uncle forget to pick her up at the airport. Second, the cousin that’s her age, Tory, has really changed (and not for the better, either). Third, Tory’s gorgeous next door neighbor, Zach, almost gets nailed and badly hurt by a bike messenger avoiding a car. An accident that Jean sees before it happens, so she pushes Zach out of harm's way. The next day she in confronted by Tory (who goes by Torrance now, thank you very much). Tory knows something’s up with Jean, that Jean knew the accident was going to happen. She knows what Jean is, and she wants to be a part of it. But when Jean starts to sense that Tory isn’t interested in using this information for good, she knows that she is going to have to delve into something she has been trying hard to forget about - a legacy that she didn’t ask for. Best Thang ‘Bout It: I just love Meg Cabot. You know what you’re getting when you read her books, though there’s always a little secret in there, too. There was a little more darkness in this one! There’s some messed-up bidness up in here. I’m Cranky Because: When you’ve read as many book as I have, having the main character be oblivious to a potential love interest can be derivative; but if it is an otherwise good book, I try to read it with fresh eyes. To Read or Not To Read: Yes. It is a quick, fun read with a little bit of a dark side. Jinx by Meg Cabot was published July 31, 2007 by HarperTeen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Don't hesitate...just read it. You won't regret it.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If it wasn't enough that Jean (aka Jinx) Honeychurch is an accident magnet, she was born in a thunderstorm, or that her mother is a pastor or that she's from Iowa, but she's had to leave home to go to New York because of a stalker. Her relatives are wealthy and live in a big house. They have a daughter about the same age as Jinx, Torrence (aka Tory, but she's trying to leave that nickname behind) who has fallen into some bad habits. Including black magic.Jinx has to try to make new friends, work out what the gorgeous Zack wants, and try to stop her cousin from harming her, and everyone around her, that and try to work out how to use her own powers of witchcraft.It's fun, light and a very quick read. Typical Meg Cabot fare.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First of all I have to note that this review is for the unabridged audio book and I really do think listening to books is a bit different than reading them. In this case it is even more important to note this as I think I might have enjoyed the story a little more had I read it.Jean Honeychurch has been known as "Jinx" for most all of her life. Even at the time of her birth lightning had struck the hospital causing a major evacuation of patients. Since that time her luck hasn't improved very much. Now Jean has moved from her native Iowa to her aunt and uncle's in NYC for reasons she'd rather not discuss. Reasons that unknown to anyone else, she feels completely responsible for. Despite her resolution to leave "Jinx" behind it seems like her luck isn't going to change just with her location and soon Jean is embroiled in even more trouble thanks to her cousin Torrance. This story was okay, but for some reason didn't seem to have the same appeal to me as some of Cabot's other work. It might have had to do with Jean, who I really did find kind of annoying, with her defeatist attitude and obtuseness when it came to witchy powers, relationships and her friendship with Zach. The words, "too stupid to live" actually entered my head more than once during the last few chapters. Or, my dissatisfaction could have been because of the reader. For whatever reason I seem to like male readers much more then female ones, but this one was even worse than most. When I started listening I actually cringed through the first chapter and thought about not finishing. I did finally adapt to the narrative, but I can't say that ever grew to really enjoy it. This is probably all personal preference and I wouldn't discourage anyone from listening to the audio book just because of my own reaction. Although I think this book could have been better all the way around, it is one that I had wanted to read for a while and I am glad I finally got the chance to, if not actually read, listen to the story.
HollyRae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just finished this book. I really enjoyed it. I liked the main character Jean and The whole concept of the book. A good read. : )
flashlight_reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary from inside flap of book: The only thing Jean Honeychurch hates more than her boring name (not Jean Marie, or Jeanette, just¿ jean) is her all-too-appropriate nickname, Jinx. Misfortune seems to follow her everywhere she goes¿which is why she¿s thrilled to be moving in with her aunt and uncle in New York City. Maybe when she¿s halfway across the country, Jinx can finally outrun her bad luck. Or at least escape the havoc she¿s caused back in her small hometown. But trouble has definitely followed Jinx to New York. And it¿s causing big problems for her cousin Tory, who is not happy to have the family black sheep around. Beautiful, glamorous Tory is hiding a dangerous secret¿one that she¿s sure Jinx is going to reveal. Jinx is beginning to realize it isn¿t just bad luck she¿s been running from. It¿s something far more sinister¿ and the curse Jinx has lived under since the day she was born might just be the only thing that can save her life.My review: I hate to admit it, but this is the first Meg Cabot book that I have read. I own many of her books, but I have never read them. I enjoyed Jinx. It¿s not overly complicated or highly original, but I still liked it. The inside flap makes you think there will be something devious and ¿sinister¿ hidden in the plot, but really it¿s nothing more than a jaded, spoiled, rich teenage girl pretending to play ¿witch-believe¿ with several equally snotty friends. The only thing sinister would be the personality of Tory, Jinx¿s NY cousin. Talk about a character! If I had met this girl in high school, I could only imagine how awful my memories would be. Wow. Tory is by far the best description of a woman scorned I have read in YA fiction¿witch craft aside, of course. On a human level, Tory is despicable. Back stabbing, deceitful, envious. The whole nine yards. She is pure evil in the disguise of outward beauty. Her friends were equally disgusting, although they weren¿t mentioned much in the book. I got the impression they were meant to be more like groupies than supporting characters. For all of the negative vibes you got from Tory, Jinx gives you the exact opposite. She is the image of mid-west innocence; after all she is a preacher¿s daughter. The quaintness of her character, combined with her gorgeous natural curly red hair make her an easy target for Tory¿s wrath. Plus, it doesn¿t help that Tory¿s secret love is head-over-heels for Jinx. The characters were decent. You certainly felt sorry for Jinx during all of her mishaps, and you couldn¿t help but dislike Tory. Unfortunately, that¿s where the charm ends. The plot is pretty predictable. It¿s a classic case, really: Pretty girl doesn¿t realize she¿s pretty. Pretty girl falls into the trap of equally pretty girl with disgusting personality. Pretty girl unknowingly wins heart of handsome boy. Love triangle ensues. Mean girl gets what she deserves while pretty girl realizes she has self worth and falls for handsome boy. The end. Yep, that¿s pretty much it. Granted there were a few twists along the way, but nothing overly exciting. I did like that Zach (said handsome boy) seemed like a complete charmer. He had some personality traits that made him very likable. There were a few scenes in the book that had potential to be suspenseful, but it seemed like the majority of the story only skimmed the surface and never fully dove into a deeper plot. For a younger reader I¿m sure it would be satisfying, but I like a little more depth in my reading material. Of course, I probably shouldn¿t have expected anything more than what I got considering I bought this book for my classroom library. Overall, it was a fun, quick read. I enjoyed it. I¿m sure if I was a middle school girl I would be enthralled with this novel. I would probably even imagine Zach Efron¿s face for Zach in the book¿ if I were a middle school girl. But, alas, I¿m not. (I really couldn¿t imagine anyone that I felt would fit the characters when reading the book.) I gave
tdickerson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a page turner seeing the life of Jean who's appropriately nicknamed "Jinx" because of her perpetual bad luck. Throughout the book, she starts to discover that her bad luck is caused by her fear and learns to overcome her fear and empower herself; making life better than it has ever been before.
trishalynn0708 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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. But when she gets to her Aunt and Uncle's house Tory, now known as Torrence, has changed. Gone is her blonde hair and pretty clothes, instead they are replaced by dark hair and black clothes. Jean soon finds out that Tory knows about her being a witch and Tory wants her to join her coven. But when Jean declines it makes Tory mad and sets her on a mission to destroy Jean. But it gets worse when Jean falls for Tory's secret crush, Zach. This book was an amazing read. I have always liked reading about the Salem Witch Trials. So this book had witches, romance, and teen fun. Highly recommend this book!
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jinx feels like she has had more than her share of bad luck all her life. When she goes to live with her aunt and uncle in New York City after an incident in her hometown in Iowa, Jinx's cousin is determined to have her join her witch coven believing deeply in a family legend that they are descended from a great witch. A blooming romance with the boy next door and cousin jealously help to move the action along in this fun romance.
sarah1234 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fantasy that includes suspense, mystery, humor, romance, etc. A very fun and interesting classic by Meg Cabot about a girl, a cousin, a stalker, a new life, and a witch.
onyx95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 witches, including her cousin Tory, believing that she was a witch and wanting her to join their coven, left Jinx scarred that the true reason for her troubles was about to come out. What a fun story. Quick and fast paced, although it was predictable. The characters were great - a bunch of high school students, their dates, crushes and worries, popularity contests and all. I really liked Zach and Petra (one of the boys and the families au pair) they seemed to be great supporting characters for Jean. There is a point in the story were Jean is described as a good influence against the drugs, alcohol, smoking and witch craft but as Jean thinks about it - ¿God, no wonder she hated me so much! I hated me, hearing myself described in such a way.¿ Fun for young teens up. After finally trying a Meg Cabot book, maybe I will give one of her series a try.
simplykatie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i was kind of "meh" about it. i saw the love interest coming a mile away. and to me, it was obvious what jean had done that required her to get away. but i'm not 13 anymore. still love meg cabot.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story was fine... cute, fun, etc. I liked the main male character and the au pair quite a lot... it's just that the main character was so dumb sometimes. She made a few really ridiculous mistakes that really made you want to smack her... and really made the story feel a little more unrealistic.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although the undertones of magic filled the story, it was your typical story of a girl who has everything she wants but doesn't know it. She thinks she's Jinxed, but her cousin knows better and tries to destroy her new life because of it. This book was one you could easily get wrapped up into - a good mixture of teenage drama, witchcraft, and blooming love.
EleanorR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very interesting book about a girl with the worst luck in the world that lives in a small town in Iowa but she moves to her Aunts and Uncles house in New York City. Her cousin who has changed a lot is convinced that she is a witch. She casts spells and stuff like that. This book was alright but the ending was a way too unlikely and really weird for my taste
ohioyalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jinx always has bad luck and it doesn't stop when she goes to live with her Aunt and Uncle in order to escape the attentions of a stalker. Now she has to contend with a cousin who believes herself to be a witch and practices black magic to gain popularity and status. Jinx knows that's bad news and tries to stop her, which only makes her declare war on Jinx. This is a fun, can't put it down kind of book.
chibimajo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jinx has just moved in with her aunt, uncle and cousin because of an "incident" at her last school. She wants to avoid anything like that happening again, but her cousin is obsessed with being a witch and trying to get this one particular guy, who just so happens to like Jinx.
Librarygirl66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sixteen-year-old Jean "Jinx" Honeychurch, the descendant of a witch, must leave Iowa to live with relatives in Manhattan after the first spell she casts goes awry, but she will have to improve her skills to stop her cousin from practicing black magic that endangers them and the boy they both like.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jean has always been know as Jinx since they day she was born, when a lightening bolt hit the hospital. Now she has been sent from her middle class Iowa family to live with weathly relatives in Manhattan. The change is a culture shock, and problems immediately ensue when her cousin, Torrence becomes jealous of Jinx's "powers". See there is a family legend that one girl will inherit the powers of the family witch who had died at the stake centuries before. Torrence thought it was her legacy until Jinx appears and starts to demonstrate her abilities. Jinx and Torrence both believe in magic but while Jinx thinks it is a bad thing, Torrence is all about it, right down to the Goth dress.I am a bit perplexed by this book. Is there really magic going on, or is it all coincidence? I agree that the end is sort of odd. I hope there is a sequel because there was some nice character development and more questions raised than answered.
E_Ting_Groceries More than 1 year ago
Jinx was an amazing book. It was well written by Meg Cabot and the plot twist is amazing! First off Jinx is a super sweet girl who ends up being in the wrong places at the wrong time. Spoiler Alert!: Jean Honeychurch’s nickname in her family is Jinx because when she was born the power in the hospital she was born in went out and bad luck follows her. Jean has to move from her home in Iowa to New York when a boy becomes too obsessive over her but it isn’t all his fault. When she moves to New York she moves in with her aunt, uncle, and cousins, but her cousin Tory confronts her claiming to be a witch just like their great-great-great-great-grandmother to try to get her to join her coven. Jinx claims that Tory is just playing a witch game but what if there really is a witch in their family? Jinx is a spectacular book for people who enjoy reading about wizards or enjoy reading books that have a secret uncovered in the plot line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a cute love story!! This is my 6th time reading this book and i love the plot twist! Great job megg
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I trusted you and your messing around with my boyfriend! And letting him cheat on me with you
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