A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Teens will find this a fun if not necessarily deep read. Could be a good way for parents to begin a conversation with their daughters about "mean girl" behavior.
A good underlying message about being yourself.
Positive Role Models
Jinx may be a "bad luck magnet" but she has a strong moral center and keeps trying to do what's right.
Violence & Scariness
An intense scene toward the end has Jean tied up by her cousin; Torrance wants to cut her and drink her blood. Torrance also is taken to the hospital in what looks like a suicide attempt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some smooches between Jean and Zach. The au pair sleeps in the same bedroom as her boyfriend.
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Some words like "bitch" or "freakin'."
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Products & Purchases
Mentions include Betsey Johnson, Gucci, Ferragamos, and Laguna Beach.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Tory and her friends drink and take drugs; Tory takes Ritalin and Valium.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book is about a nice girl who is a witch -- and a mean girl who thinks she is one. Jinx may be a "bad luck magnet" but she has a strong moral center and
keeps trying to do what's right, and her story imparts a good
underlying message about being yourself. There is an apparent suicide attempt, an attempted bloodletting, and a stalking (thanks to a love spell gone bad). Jean and her boyfriend share kisses that she feels "all the way to my toes." Also, Tory drinks and takes Ritalin and Valium and the au pair shares a bed with her boyfriend.
Is It Any Good?
JINX is filled with familiar but fun elements. There aren't a lot of surprises -- readers will recognize stock characters and will expect the ultimate conclusion in which Jean must learn to accept her true self. The only eye-opener is how creepy and violent the girls' final confrontation is. But the set-up is enticing enough and in the end, there is enough drama here -- some of it magical and some merely mean-spirited -- to make this book satisfying if not spellbinding.
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