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Honeychurch is sent by her family to live with her aunt, uncle and
cousins in New York City. She loved her hometown in Iowa, but after
a boy sort of stalks her, her loved ones decide she needs a change.
The only problem is that Jean may have cast a spell on the young
man to make him fall desperately in love with her in the first
place, which no one knows. So a new start should erase all that,

Jean is also known as “Jinx” by members of her family
because she’s prone to mishaps. For example, no one is there
to meet her in New York because they thought she was coming the
next day. Then she trips on the stairs of their house. When she
finally arrives, she finds her teen cousin Tory getting drugs and
smoking weed in the gazebo in the backyard. Tory advertises having
a friend with benefits who she meets in the boiler room at school
during a free period. In fact, most of Tory’s friends seem to
be speaking another language, and Jean wonders what she is in for.
One boy in the group who doesn’t seem to fit in either is
Zach, a really cute senior neighbor.

Jean is determined not to cast any spells in her new life, but when
she flashes on a scene where Zach gets run over by a bike
messenger, she can’t help but jump in and save him. No one
doubts her story of how she knew to help him, except for Tory, who
saw her jump in before the messenger even came onto the

Tory --- or Torrance, as she now wants to be called --- reminds
Jean of the family legend that a first-born daughter in every
generation is a witch. But she thinks that maybe there are two
witches this time. Tory shows Jean the sort of voodoo doll she made
with Zach’s real hair to make him love her. She invites Jean
to be part of a coven with her friends. But Jean knows how magic
can go wrong and denies being a witch. Then Jean finds more
evidence of harmful spells around the house and takes action to
stop Tory.

When a dead rat appears at her locker, Jean thinks there is more
than black magic going on. She realizes that Tory will stop at
nothing to prove who the real witch is. Jean didn’t fit in
back in Iowa, with her preacher mother, a houseful of siblings and
one bathroom. She isn’t sure she feels comfortable in the Big
Apple either, with a huge suite of rooms to herself, a new private
school and a different set of social rules. Clearly she needs her
magic to help, but it’s hard to admit who she is and what she
can do when the results have gone so wrong before. Can she protect
the people she cares about without anyone, including herself,
getting hurt?

With this funny story filled with both crazy and lovable
characters, Meg Cabot proves once again that there is no jinx
on her magical writing talent.


Reviewed by Amy Alessio on October 18, 2011

by Meg Cabot

  • Publication Date: August 1, 2007
  • Genres: Paranormal, Suspense
  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0060837640
  • ISBN-13: 9780060837648