Lennon spends most of his time raising his little sister Currie while trying to skate through his senior year of high school. He prefers groupies with no-strings attached but finds himself strangely attracted to Jinx, the straight-A student in his choir. Lennon’s curiosity overrules his good sense as he tries to peel away the layers to discover the reason for Jinx’s skittishness.
Jinx conceals the black truth about herself from her friends. She won’t admit to them that she screwed up big time, losing her first love and what she once held most precious.
When Lennon’s band holds auditions to replace their keyboard player, Jinx comes to tryout and almost leaves after seeing Lennon. Despite the fact she despises him, she joins the band to nurture her love of music that will hopefully ease the guilt gnawing away at her.
Like the rest of his band mates, Jinx soon witnesses Lennon battling his infamous father for the custody of Currie. While confronting his pent-up anger at his dad, Lennon exposes vulnerabilities he had no intention of letting any girl ever see, especially Jinx. Their reckless pasts may bring them together or further complicate their already messy lives.
Genre: couldn’t put down,NA,emotional,romance
Rating: 5 wings
I had a pre-conception that ‘Lennon’s Jinx’ would be an escapist YA romance, easy to read and without any emotional connection. I was wrong! ‘Lennon’s Jinx’ kept me up until 2am reading and once I had finished I was tempted to go back and start again.
When the reader meets Lennon he is gatecrashing Jinx’s party. Chris Myers introduces Lennon as a jerk – with a heart. Although he clearly has a history with girls, the authour indicates that Lennon is texting a babysitter at home about his sister, suggesting that he is more responsible at home!
However it is not just Lennon who has secrets, as Jinx certainly intimates towards her own. This continues throughout the book and when Jinx reveals the emotion is heightened by the chemistry shared between her and Lennon. Jinx is a beautiful character and her growth in the novel is one of the reasons why I loved it so much. From being scared and alone she joins a band, increases her social circle, finds the courage to tell her secret and even possibly find love.
Lennon is a more complicated character, but I feel that Chris Myers wants her reader to fall in love with him, despite his faults. He has given up his youth to take care of his younger sister,and in truth his mother. My absolute favourite scene was the visit to American Girl Place. Here the reader sees Lennon’s teenage vulnerable and paternal sides clashing in a brilliantly humorous, yet touching way. There are difficult issues for Lennon to deal with in this story and eventually the reader is able to meet his maturer alter-ego!
‘Lennon’s Jinx’ is a book that made me laugh and definitely made me cry. Lennon and Jinx are not the only two characters Chris Myers allows the reader to fall in love with so be prepared before you meet Currie and Zoe! I recommend this book to anyone.