Lennon’s Jinx by Chris Myers
Publication Date: January 15th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Sometimes, we don’t get to choose who we fall for.
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.
Ode to Lennon
He stands roughly over six feet
lean and packed
with muscles and meat.
He’s a doting brother that all the little girls adore,
it’s just too bad he’s a complete man-wh*re.
He respects women in his own way
protecting them from becoming prey,
from other men who takes just because they can
a knight without a horse who can take it like a man.
He’s the kind who loves ’em and leaves ’em –
and who shies away from any types of commitment.
Ah but there’s one girl who’s got the nerve –
to call him out
and kick him to the curb.
Everyday Lennon tries to solve the puzzle
of a red-head spit-fire who bristles –
with anger and annoyance at his every glance,
and answers back with a glare
at every chance.
Oh Lennon, if you only knew
the feeding frenzy your smile could ensue.
Not to mention that voice that could ensnare
heaven’s angels and cherubs up there.
So check it, and listen to my plea
get yo’ act together, would you please?
Stop flashing that beguiling smile
leaving girls in your wake by a mile.
Like seriously, dude. If it weren’t for your devotion to your sister, I’d say there’s not a single redeeming quality about you….well, okay, you’re pretty hot – with a smoking body and panty-dropping voice (I don’t really know what that means, exactly). You’re also a pretty okay guy if we were to strip away your cockiness. You make sure drunk girls get home safely; you beat up abusive step fathers who had no business assaulting their step daughters. You save stray cats and the Humane Society loves you. You take care of a neighbor’s little girl who’s been through so much chemo and still battling the vicious cycle of a cancer that refuses to go away. You play with their dolls and join them for tea because it makes them happy. You never miss a single recital. You make sure your sister’s well-fed, well-dressed and cared for. It doesn’t even matter if the only thing you’ve got going for you is your band that makes peanuts compared to the 80 gs a month allowance from your famous father.
God, who can stand you? You’re almost perfect. I myself, is disgusted. I see through you, Lennon. I know your type. You act like you’re every girl’s dream boat but no one, and I mean, no one can steer you in the open seas. Except maybe that girl with the fiery hair and green eyes who can smell your bullsh*t from a mile away. I think you’ve met your match. I’m giddy with excitement. So watch me nuke some popcorn, cop a squat and relish that moment when you get owned. Bwahahahhahahaha *chokes on spit, coughs* hahaha!
I was supposed to write a review but I got so caught up with that guy. It’s hard not to. Aside from the sleeping around thing, he’s Grade A rib-eye steak slathered in awesomesauce.
Anyway, this book was awesome but for the parts that felt choppy to me. Like the part where Lennon pulled a gun on his mom’s boy friend. I didn’t catch the part where he actually put the gun away before his sister walked in on the whole effed up situation. Then the whole scene jumped to when he decided to take a shower. Also, Jinx’s skittishness sort of disappeared in an instant. There wasn’t a smooth transition where she’s supposed to be testing the waters first – she just dove right in.
Regardless, this novel is unexpectedly fun and sweet with some heavy hitters to balance the happy.