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Do not get to know me. Do not ask me out. Do not love me. Be warned!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 cursDo not get to know me. Do not ask me out. Do not love me. Be warned!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?...

Title : Jinx
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ISBN : 9780689871177
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Jinx Reviews

  • Fiona McCandless
    2019-02-21 12:33

    I absolutely loved this book. I first read it with my sister and a dear friend reading over my shoulder. I then have lovely memories of reading it to my best friend when we were about the age of 'Jinx's' character, and I then read it to my mother, who was so moved by the end of it that she was close to tears. It's that good.The plain verse structure of this book is so easy to read, and adds a real artistic quality to the story. It also really allows the reader to get into the heads of the different characters, and understand their stories and problems. I was an angsty teen when I first read Wild's novel, and could relate to many of the characters. But I was surprised when I found I could sympathize with Jinx's mother. It really opened my eyes, and showed me that parents are humans too, and that you never get better with relationships or better at life as the years go on. The 'what we hate about our mums' poem made me laugh. The 'what we love about our mums' poem made me cry. I could relate so wholly with both, and it scared me.Jinx's friends: the suppressed lesbian, the internet junky, and the girl with the collection of rocks all were so real. I saw myself and my friends in all of them. The book was much like a mirror, and every poem revealed a new blemish or beauty-spot on my face. yeh, that is a dodgy metaphor...Lines from this novel hit me every once in a while; unexpectedly making me laugh, or stabbing at me as the years go on since my first reading. Moments like Charlie and Jinx sitting in the bath, with the faucet digging into her back... or driving in Charlie's car, and being 'so cool'... or Jinx telling her mum that she should 'get a life'... or hating 'the rat'... Wild perfectly captured what it is like to be a teenager - something I thought was impossible for an "alien" adult to do.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-03-04 12:36

    Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.comJinx (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.

  • Debbie Tails Prower
    2019-03-08 12:36

    Quite some months ago I started writing poetry. It's something that started out as an experiment but has turned to a passionate hobby by now. I tell a story of my life in my poems. It helps me to deal with something so very personal of my past. This also boosted my interest in poetry of all kinds. I like classy Shakespeare as well as modern poetry style like Amanda Lovelace.Recently, I was at my best friend's place and she handed me over Jinx. "Since you're so interested in poetry lately and write so much, you need to read this. I've read it countless times when I was younger. You'll love it, I'm sure." And my best friend wouldn't be my best friend if she wouldn't know my taste, right? She was right, I utterly loved it.Jinx is actually a short novel written in poems. I didn't even know a book like that exists. The story follows the girl Jen aka Jinx and her love stories with boys - which don't end well at all. Her boyfriends die. This causes problems for not only herself but the people around her.The plot didn't solely focus on Jen but also on her friends as well as her mother and the families of her former boyfriends. This is something that I enjoyed a lot because everyone seemed to have different problems. It was so nice to explore the other characters depths, too.Most astonishing thing was the writing though. I'd never thought I could learn so much about a character by simple verses without many words. I guess that's what this book showed very well: you don't necessarily need pretty descriptions to show someone's true nature. Sometimes, simple words are enough. You know, less is more.All in all, Jinx told wonderful stories and it inspired me a lot for my own poetry. I could write my story like that. It's a very inspiring and creative way to tell a stoy through verses only. I'm still amazed this concept exists.After finishing the book, I instantly wanted to reread it again. It is a very quick read after all. So I did. I read it three times in a row. And every time I did, it was still just as good as it was the first time.If you're as fascinated my poetry as me or if you like writing poems, you should definitely read this. Even if you just want to try a different kind of novel. You'll love it, I'm sure.

  • Lynda Dickson
    2019-03-19 12:36

    Jen is good girl who becomes a troubled teen. All she wants is to be loved. But when her boyfriend Charlie dies in tragic circumstances, she starts drinking in order to escape. After a series of unfortunate accidents, Jen is nicknamed Jinx - "Jinx, they say, but she likes it and takes it as her new name." Will Jinx ever find happiness and find her way back to Jen?This novel-in-verse is written in a simple, yet lyrical manner, and is full of interesting characters: Jen's father (the Rat) who abandoned her when her sister was born, Jen's mother who is in love with a man who doesn't know she exists, Jen's friend Ruth who is known as Ruthless for being ruthlessly honest, Connie who hides from her Greek parents the fact that she is a lesbian, Serena who craves the attention of her parents, Jen's first love Charlie, Jen's sister Grace who has Down's Syndrome, the Rat's new wife Stella who is admitted to a psychiatric clinic for depression, Ben who has a chip on his shoulder about being short, and Hal who blames himself for an accident that wasn't his fault.The subject matter is heartbreaking and deals with many kinds of loss, but especially the loss of a child by their mother. As a mother of two teenage daughters, and having once been a teenage girl myself, I related to this book on many levels. I especially loved "what we don't like about our mums" and the later "what we like about our mums".Best read in one sitting, this book is sure to be a hit with teenage girls - and their mums.Full blog post:

  • Dahlia
    2019-02-24 11:42

    Jinx by: Margaret WildThis book was different compared to what I typically read. The story was written in verses, similar to a poem. It is about a girl named Jen who has 'two sides'. Her good side is Jen and her changed side is Jinx. She thought of the name 'Jinx' because she thought that every boy she dated had died because of her. Ever since her first boyfriend, Charlie, died she was in grief and was depressed. Charlie died by committing suicide. He felt as if no one liked him. However, along the road of hope she met another guy named Ben. Ben was a nice guy and all, but was also dead a while after. Jinx found out that the guy who basically killed Ben is someone named, Hal. Once again, she falls quickly in love with him. Her best friend Conner is a homosexual. What I liked about this book was that it simply describes an average teen life. Anybody who has these problems or has noticed these occurrences can easily relate to them in this novel. However, despite all the good things. I did not like the poem's itself. They were easy to understand and were badly written in some parts.

  • Litzy
    2019-03-09 12:19

    Jinx is poetry book. It had great themes such as death and guilt. The main character has a couple of boyfriends though out the book. Her first one commits suicide, and she blames herself because she never had a clue. She thinks it was her fault because she should have known what was going on with him. The second one isn't really her boyfriend because she doesn't really like him,but when he ends up dying she feels like it is all her fault again ,and that she is a bad person, so she starts calling herself a jinx. She starts doing all this stuff and calling the guy that was bullying the second guy. Another theme is forgiveness. The girl ends up finally forgiving herself and letting go. The person who helps her get through it is her last boyfriend. Then one that actually bullied the second guy that died. The author is saying that life gets tough and you shouldn't blame stuff on yourself and let yourself go.

  • Anthony Eaton
    2019-02-19 06:20

    This is such a beautiful example of the craft of the verse novel for young adults; Wild - who is one of Australia's most diverse and gifted writers for both children and adults - draws us so completely into the world of her embattled protagonist, and uses the form and function of the verse novel to its fullest effect here; the switches in style, form and point-of-view all combine to reveal the layers of a life, rather than a straight out linear narrative. Her central characters are beautifully realised and the realism of their lives and emotions oozes from the pages.If you haven't read a verse novel before, then this (often confronting, but beautifully crafted) piece of writing is a good place to start.

  • SR
    2019-03-06 12:35


  • Emmelie Swan
    2019-03-13 10:32

    SummaryJinx by Margaret Wild is a young adult novel written in verse about a teenage girl who believes she's jinxed.Jen has always been the good girl, who was well behaved, did her homework and studied hard. When Charlie, Jen's boyfriend, dies, Jen starts rebelling. When Ben, her second boyfriend, dies, Jen thinks she's cursed and gives herself the nickname 'Jinx.'Jinx wonders if she can ever go back to being Jen, or if she's cursed forever. Her friends and family are also dealing with problems of their own.The novel is told in different points of view, and switches between third and first person. A bittersweet novel about love, loss, and forgiveness.ReviewI liked how the novel was written in verse, it was easy to read. The format of the verse novel suited the range of important topics the book focused on. I thought the characters were well developed for a verse novel, and I liked their diversity. I thought the characters were flawed and realistic, and liked how they were going through realistic problems. Jen goes through significant character development for such a short book.I found the switching between first person and third person point of view worked much better in this book than it did in Wild's One Night. The novel was quite sad, but the humour balanced it out a little.I recommend this book for anyone who's 14 years and older, and wants to read a bittersweet novel in verse about a cast of flawed and realistic characters.

  • Kayla Buss
    2019-03-17 07:35

    POETRYJen is just a reagular girl who does her best to be good. After two of her boyfriends die, she realizes that there's something wrong, and that's when she becomes Jinx. She wonders if there's any way she can get back to the girl she was before. This book had a lot of emotional content in it that I think was enhanced by the fact that it's written in verse. The amount of loss was a little surprising to me but it also made me like it more.

  • Maya
    2019-02-19 08:26

    I think that the book was really good, the way it is formatted makes it more interesting. The story is really good too.

  • Katrina Ly
    2019-02-18 11:38 was okay i guess, it was sad how not everyone got a happy ending, but i guess thats life.i kind of liked the way it was written in poems though it took me a while to figure out the poems change perspective. so i was kinda confused throughout the start of the novel/collection of poems. i liked the unique-ness of the plot and the way it was written/expressed (i.e. in poems)SPOILER ALERTi wonder what happened to connor? did she tell her parents? and what about serena? didn't the author say she was kind at the start? i wonder why she was so destructive...i wish ruthless ended up with ben. oh well i guess thats also lifeSPOILER FINISHEDthe things i didn't like about the story was vague-ness of the writing, as i don't think the author wrote enough to allow us readers to fully delve into a character's mind and life in order to feel what they feel and understand why they feel that way or do what they do. also, if you're gonna write in changing perspectives, you should elaborate more on the lives of the people you write about, otherwise it just doesn't work. i'm not sure i liked the storyline, it was interesting but it didn't draw me in. it was mostly just weird. and i thought the way the main character changes so radically was a bit i dunno, radical? so, in summary, i didn't like the storyline, though if it had been written better i might have cos it was so unique and i just think the book was way too vague. it didn't have enough of anything to draw me in and get me to care about the main character. overall, i am disappointed in the book and i believe this book failed to reach its full potential. which makes me kinda sad :(but anyway, read this book if you feel like something different. you might love it.

  • Laura
    2019-03-14 12:16

    Jinx is an authentic and touching story about a teenage girl living in Sydney's suburban inner-west. Jen (as she is initially known) wants to do all the things any regular teenager would – hang out with her friends, have sex with her boyfriend, and stop her mother interfering in her life. But after a sudden and unexpected loss, Jen (now rechristened Jinx) loses herself in grief, alcohol and despair. What makes this story work so spectacularly is that it's written as a verse novel – a collection of short, non-rhyming poems. These poems are vivid, insightful and succinct. They capture elegant snapshots of the characters' states of mind. This stops the novel becoming weighed down by its heavy subject matter.I love the themes this book explores, especially the way it shows how Jen's single mother is just as fragile and lonely as her adolescent daughter. This book features a diverse array of likeable characters, each dealing with their own issues – Jen's friend Connie is worried about coming out as a lesbian to her conservative parents, Jen's step-mother is struggling to cope with a series of miscarriages, while Jen's sister Grace wants people to start seeing her as an ordinary teenager, not a diagnosis of Down syndrome.I found this book gently humorous, tenderly sweet, and genuinely sad at different moments. It unobtrusively reminds us that we've all got issues to deal with – teenagers and adults, alike. The author does a superb job of building empathy with these characters and never condescends to the reader. This book is a really quick read – perfect for reluctant readers – and it could spark plenty of discussion about what it really feels like to be a young adult.

  • Kat
    2019-03-10 12:26

    I read the whole book in about 10 hours. Although, I was not a big fan of the book! I think the main reason is because I just didn't connect well with the book.

  • Hui Lin
    2019-02-26 14:35

    Jen is the main character in this book. Her parents had divorced and her father remarried Stella. She had one sister, Grace, she has Down's Syndrome. Life is wonderful to Jen after she starts to date Charlie. They had been great together, but one day she had been tell that Charlie committed suicide. She then went wild for a while until she met Ben. Eventually she and Ben were together. But soon Ben was killed, because he had been called "SHORT" by a guy name Hal. After that, Jen renames herself Jinx, because she thinks she is the most unlucky girl in the world. So she kind of revenge for Ben by painting the work "KILLER" in Hal's house and making scary calls to scare his family. But after she dreamt about Charlie, she decided to apologize. And eventually, she and Hal had fallen in love. She then told Hal she was the one making the phone calls and painted the word KILLER in his house. Hal got mad. But at last, they decided to start over, and Jinx told Hal her name is Jen. And at last, she change her name back to Jen.

  • Heather Gallagher
    2019-02-28 11:36

    Really enjoyed this coming-of-age verse novel about Jen who becomes Jinx and then Jen again. (Spoiler alert!) Jen takes on the name Jinx after her first boyfriend suicides and the second is killed in an accident. Ironically, she heals by falling in love with the boy who was partly responsible for the second boyfriend's death. The characters in this novel were wonderfully drawn; especially the little sister Grace who has Downe's Syndrome and yet a wonderful insight into human behaviours. I also liked the scenes of Stella (Jen's step-mum) in the psych ward - this sort of stuff does happen to people and I'm sure it would be reassuring to some young people to read about it. Margaret Wild writes equally awesome picture books (one of my fave's is The Midnight Gang). I want to be Margaret Wild when I grow up :)

  • Sammi
    2019-03-18 09:34

    Jinx by Margaret Wild. It captures your attention right from the beginning. I feel like I can connect to this girl, Jen.Jen's first boyfriend died, maybe a little unlucky?Jen's second boyfriend died, was it more than just being unlucky?Since that day, Jen was called Jinx. Cursed, filled with bad luck.Jen is lonely and can not seem to find closeness in people around her.I said I can connect to that because I feel like sometimes in life, there are many hard times. Friends not being there for you when you need them most, loving a person very much yet not being loved back. I feel like the most important thing in this world is not just finding your friends, but also having the opportunity to love someone and be loved back. The warm feeling that is able to wash away all the pain and can bring happiness to one self is the best gift for anyone.

  • Rodney
    2019-02-24 07:34

    Jinx is a very creative book it is a poem so it ends quick.But she changist alot throught out the book. The important thing about this book is about how Jinx expresses her feelings.In the hole book is pretty much about drama. Its all about jen "Jinx."She is very important in this book cause every thing that happens she has to do something with it. One question i alwayst had through out the book was why does Jen change to a evil visios Jinx. After every thing that happend in her life she becomes evil and bad. The person i would recomend this book to would be a readers who like drama and action because this book has alot of acction even though is not much.It has sware words so is not good for little kids.Thats why i would recomend this book to a person interested in this book.

  • Lyndal Russell
    2019-03-02 09:43

    This book was an emotional roller coaster for me and it was just another piece of evidence that nobody is perfect, everyone has problems. I really like this style of writing too, in the poetic way. I went to read this a few years ago but I didn't understand why it was written like it is and I thought it would be complicated. To find out only years later that it's one of the most accessible and easy to read books ever written but mature too. It shows that people you love will leave and some may never come back. No matter how much you hate someone, if they are in trouble or need help, it's always the right thing to do to help them out anyway you can. And in the end everything will be alright.

  • Emily
    2019-03-07 10:21

    This book was great!I had to read it for school and iI thought: oh, it'll be boring like most of those books we read in school. But than, I startet. And I got used to the form the book's written. And I was ABOLUTELY surprised.SPOILER!Most of the time, while reading I was depressed, because Jen had always so bad luck. I thought it was weird, that she let everyone call her jinx. I mean: Who wouldn't get crazy, when two boyfriends of yours die?!?And than she meets Pete, and you think, that she will lose him, too! But that what they have is real love. And that leasts 'till the end.Result: I loved this book and I will read it again!-Love from Emily

  • Cecilia Marie
    2019-03-20 13:19

    I read this some time in middle school and I adored it. It influenced my own poetry... Which, in hindsight, was absolutely horrible, heh. I'd like to re-read this and see what I think of it now that I'm not an angsty teenager (I've graduated to angsty 20-something! Much different dynamic, I think!). When trying to source this book again, I described it as "full of morbid free-verse poetry, I think it was in a story format and switched perspectives". I don't remember any of the plot, though. I didn't even remember the "Jen's boyfriends die" plot point. I couldn't rate it based on my love for it several years ago, so I'll have to find it again and see what happens.

  • The Bookologist
    2019-03-19 06:45

    As Jen starts with her boyfriend, she's happy with him. But until some shocking news comes, she sad and hurt. That was her boyfriend who just died. Here is where the "JINX" part starts, she thinks she's unlucky but she soon finds out that she's "JINXed."Margaret Wild's writing is awesome! She's great, she really knows how to make the readers feel the way the character feels. Her words were so bitter and so painful. I actually was shocked with some of the parts in the book. The way one of her boyfriend dies, the mother of one of her boyfriends life, it's just so terrible, the life on one of the mothers, she was left alone. It was very depressing, one of the most depressing books ever...

  • Kevin Fanning
    2019-03-10 08:30

    I saw this at the library and picked it up because it's a novel told in (free) verse, which, hey, that sounds interesting. Gave up after ~40 pages.The problem for me was that the poetry itself wasn't particularly good, or even engaging in and of itself. Why not just use a more fragmentary/episodic short fiction style? (I mean, unless you're going to write a YA book about teen drauma IN the Cringe-style of Awful Teenage Poetry, which would be AWESOME. But this wasn't that.)So I'm not convinced that this was the best way to tell this story. It just seemed like the long way around to me.

  • Sarah Crawford
    2019-02-17 08:43

    The first strange thing about this book is the way it is written. Rather than regular fill-up-a-page type of writing the book is written almost in poetic form. Pages have titles telling who is writing/speaking.The main character is Jen/Jinx, a fairly typical teenage girl who ends up having two boyfriends die on her. Her third boyfriend turns out to be the one that caused the death of one of her other boyfriends which ends up resulting in a rather unusual book in many ways.It's overall a fairly interesting book but not one that I would consider to be a must-read type of book.

  • Daniela
    2019-03-15 11:18

    A very impressive young adult novel, written in verse and from various view points. It deals with some big topics like love and death, family and divorce, disability and acceptance, guilt and forgiveness - to name but a few. Wild chooses every word carefully and manages to piece together a novel that shows the dark places of the human soul as well as the light that we all hope is at the end of the tunnel.

  • Diana
    2019-03-10 14:29

    Jen is a high school girl who describes her life in poems. After two of her boyfriends die, Jen renames herself Jinx and struggles to come to terms with her grief.Amazing. It was easy to read and understand and took on a myriad of issues: grief, suicide, parental indifference, homosexuality, divorce, and the difficulty of having a sibling who is handicapped. A very raw and real book. The differing points of view let us see how other people besides Jen/Jinx relate to the events of the story.

  • Em
    2019-03-17 06:44

    Its a great way to write the novel, at times i got confused but i found my way back.I enjoyed how Margaret catpured each character in their own way and showed how they were felling.. well put together.I was a bit upset knowing that both Charlie and Ben had died, Charlie im unsure why he did it and Ben its upsetting knowing that Hal had done it although it was accidental. All together i just enjoyed it and glad this book took me 4-5 hours to read. FASTED READ EVER

  • Amanda
    2019-03-14 13:26

    I really enjoyed this book. It took me less than two hours to read as it is a story connected by a series of poems about a teenage girl, her family and friends, and the heart-ache that comes with growing up.Wild uses several points of view in this novel and touches on issues of depression, broken homes, life as a teenager, life as an adult with kids, death, disability, truth, self-destruction, sexuality, single parents and more....Definitely worth a read for something different. 4 Stars.

  • Margo
    2019-02-25 10:43

    This is a poetry book that had inappropriate language for middle school students as well as inappropriate themes. The entire plot was very unlikely and not believable. The main character seems like a silly girl who is just looking to grow up too quickly, and quite frankly, who has that many boyfriends in high school? The book is useful for teaching poetry styles, but the language and themes make it not appropriate for any school environment.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-15 14:45

    This book was intriguing. The story is written in poetic verse from different perspectives. This works very well for the serious content that the book covers. This is a great book about the hardships teens face growing up such as suicide, homosexuality, substance abuse, divorce, grief, handicaps, etc. It is unique because it show the parents' point of view as well. It was very well done and an easy read.