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Jinx Study Guide & Plot Summary

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Plot Summary

"Jinx," written by bestselling author Meg Cabot, is a novel that tells the story of Jean "Jinx" Honeychurch and her journey of self-acceptance as she comes to terms with having the powers of witchcraft. The story begins when Jean moves from Hancock, Iowa to New York City to live with her aunt and uncle, Evelyn and Ted Gardiner, and their three children, Torrance "Tory" (who is the same age as Jean), Teddy and Alice. From the beginning of the story, Jean makes it clear that she has had bad luck her whole life, hence her family nickname, "Jinx." Although she encounters several mishaps along the way, Jean eventually finds her way to the Gardiners' home. Through her conversation with Petra, the Gardiner's German au pair, it becomes clear that tension exists between Jean and Tory.

Jean enters the garden gazebo and greets Tory and her friends. She initially doesn't recognize Tory, as she is now dark-haired, slim, sarcastic, selfish and mean. There is an immediate connection between Jean and Zach, one of Tory's friends as well as her crush, and, later that day, Jean saves Zach from being run over by a bike messenger, getting hit by the messenger herself. Noticing that Jean appeared to know that the accident was going to happen ahead of time, it is after the accident that Tory confronts Jean about being a witch.

Tory shares with Jean that she is also a witch and that she believes she and Jean could both be witches, as their ancestor Branwen who was also a witch, predicted that there would be a witch in their generation. From this point forward, tension builds between Tory and Jean because Jean denies being a witch and refuses to join Tory's coven, and because Jean and Zach continue to get closer. Although Jean denies being a witch several times in the book, the text reveals that Jean has noticed her special powers but is conflicted about accepting them. Jean also discloses that her one-time use of magic, in which she cast a love spell on a boy in Iowa, worked too well and ended with her having to leave Iowa to escape his obsessive affections.

As the story progresses, Tory's jealousy and anger over Jean's powers and growing relationship with Zach becomes more evident and her attempts to stop Jean become more dangerous. When Jean realizes that Tory has been trying to use black magic to hurt Zach and Petra, and that she is planning to cast a spell to hurt her, she decides that she must break the promise she made to herself and use magic one last time to stop Tory. Through the process of gathering knowledge on how to stop Tory, Jean realizes that she can no longer deny her power of witchcraft and that her bad luck is being caused by her fear of embracing what she knows to be true about herself. Despite Tory's attempts to humiliate Jean in front of Zach, her friends and the school by trying to prove that she is a witch, as well as Tory's attempt to steal Jean's powers by drinking her blood, Jean is able to use her powers of witchcraft to stop Tory. The story ends with Jean accepting her powers and, as a result, herself, and watching her luck change as her friendship with Zach becomes love and she is able to relax and enjoy her new life in New York.

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