“Jinx” by Meg Cabot

I’ve been having a bit of a catch up with the Meg Cabot books I haven’t read, and this one was a bargain find in the Borders closing down sale a few months ago. One of her few stand alone books, Jinx is a YA book about a fish-out-of-water teenager who moves to New York to live with her wealthy relatives and attend a private school. It emerges that not only has she moved across country to escape a stalker, but she’s got some other unfinished business to come to terms with.

It’s a nice enough teenage romcom, but I didn’t feel it was quite as satisfying as I usually find Meg Cabot’s books. I actually felt it would work better as the basis for a film rather than a book.

Another thing that occurred to me is that Cabot often writes series of books, and that this one could quite easily have been turned into a series, but she’s never announced she’s writing another one, and I wonder if she wasn’t quite as happy with it herself and decided not to return to the characters after all, or felt there wasn’t any more mileage in their stories.

Despite all of that, I liked reading it, and as usual, it was an entertaining book for a lazy day.


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