Lennon's Jinx by Chris Myers
Series: Lennon's Girls #1
Published by Books on the Edge on January 15, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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Sometimes, you don’t get to choose who you 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.
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 Jinx joins Lennon’s band to nurture her love of music and ease the guilt gnawing away at her, she witnesses Lennon battling his infamous father. While confronting his pent-up anger at his dad, Lennon exposes vulnerabilities he had no intention of letting Jinx ever see. Their reckless pasts may bring them together or further complicate their messy lives.
I wasn’t sure what to think when I first started Lennon’s Jinx by Chris Myers. I couldn’t figure out if the author was having issues getting her thoughts out or if it was written that way on purpose. Then it occurred to me. I was reading about a high school boy and a high school girl. These thoughts and dialogue were spot on. Disjointed, hidden meanings, innuendo, nothing was cut and dry. So typical of teenagers. I should know I live with two of them!
Lennon is the son of a famous washed up actress and an even more famous drugged out alcoholic rocker star father. He lives with his baby sister Currie and his non-existent mother. He struggles to maintain a “normal” life for Currie while also trying to be a 17 year old boy that’s trying to graduate high school. He’s had an extremely difficult childhood. At least prior to Currie. He lives on a hefty amount of money his father has given him and Currie. He owns the cars, the houses, pretty much everything. He allows his mom, whom he calls Heather, to live with them. Even that situation is tumultuous and very sad.
Lennon is content with sleeping around. He knows he has a reputation. I won’t say he’s proud of it but he does own it. When you learn his story you’ll understand why is this way. He refuses to become attached to any one. Except Currie. She’s his life and I was quite taken with their relationship.
Jinx is a straight A student. She can’t stand Lennon. She believes every rumor she’s ever heard about him, some true, some not. She doesn’t care. She’s decided he’s bad news and no one can sway her decision. Jinx has demons of her own. Ones that no one knows about. Until she joins Lennon’s band. As they get closer her life begins to unravel. It just happens that Lennon is there when it does.
Eventually, these two sort of get together. I really didn’t think story was about them hooking up as it was about Jinx realizing that Lennon wasn’t this awful, terrible person she’d painted him out to be. It was also about Jinx coming to terms with her own life. It’s about family and friends. It’s about knowing who loves and supports you and who doesn’t.
This story is not without flaws however, I overlooked them in pursuit of the story. I found myself gobbling the pages up. I needed to be inside Lennon’s head almost as much as I wanted inside Jinx’s. The author does a great job of switching between the two. This is definitely a gritty story and I found myself in tears. I was actually surprised too. I mean I just didn’t see it coming like that.
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on book 2, Lennon’s Rain.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*