It 's ot 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 whereve she goes—even to New York City, where Jinx has moved to get way from the huge mess she caused in her small hometown. Her mother and uncle welcome her to their Manhattan town house, but her beautiful cousin Tory is n't to thrilled....

In fact, Tory is hiding a dangerous secret—one that could ut them bot in danger. Soon Jinx realizes it is n'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 las hing that an ave her life.

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Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2007

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Jinx ’ s constant refusals and her gradual acceptance into the “ in-crowd ” doesn ’ t o down well with Tory and pretty soon things turn nasty….with a vengeance.Tory ’ s hopeles attempts for attention, coupled with her mental instability and thirst for Wiccan powers proves to be a dangerous concoction for Jinx.

he only ay to deal with situation gone horribly wrong is for Jinx to rein in her own mysterious powers and accept her “ gift ” for what it is.

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With the departur of Jean things start to change for Tory, Jean refuses to leav he coven 's cousin, " steals " the best friend, steal the guy she likes and the attention from her arents.

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It did n't have me laughing out loud like her other books, but I cracked a smile here and there and gushed over Zach, Jinx 's love interest.

I wondered the humor, iron, and flirting between Jinx and Zach.

I love NYC and I eel like Cabot really captured the feelin of the busy city.

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Then Jean discovers that her cousin Tory has developed a few quirks since they met last- like deciding to become a practicing witch and leading her own coven.

When Tory decides Jean is a witch too and possibly more powerful, she makes Jean 's life miserable with their escalating rivalry.

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There Jean finds out Tory has changed drastically from her five-year-old self who used to ford creeks and climb trees; now Troy is a little too into boys, likes to mess around with drugs and alcohol and even fancies herself a witch.

If that love triangle ( or pentagon) is n't complicated enough for you, throw in the act that Troy is practicing black magic, and Jean thinks she 's cursed, and Shawn starts getting a little sloppy at his job as local drug pusher at their elite Manhattan private school.

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Jean was nicknamed Jinx by members of her family because she ’ s prone to mishaps from the moment she was born.

Plus, there was the alluded truth that Jean had cast a love spell on her crush which had backfired " a little " and caused the guy to become stalker-ish.Her cousin, Tory, convinced Jean to join her coven of pretend " witches ".

Tory had long wanted to prove to the family that she ha th real witch, while Jean denied being one.

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try something new, please.)

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Jean was even unlucky with her name: not Jean Marie or Jeanette, just Jean ( although her last name does hearken back to Lucy Honeychurch in Forster 's " A Room With a View " which is cool even though Cabot never mentions th fact in thi story) .It is because of her bad luck that Jean has to mov her family and friends in Iowa to come and live with her fiance and grandmothe in New York City.

Until then Jean alludes to the eason she had to lee in annoying asides noting how no one understands the " full story. " Jean had hoped to escape her bad luck in the big city, or at least dodge her reputation.

Family feuding and intrigue ensues.I liked the story here.

That 's how long it took for Cabot to explain everything.Allusions like that are fun to build up the story, unfortunately Cabot does n't se them very well in the narrative.

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