“It’s a small world, after all.” That cliché could not have been proven more wrong than Sage Blackwood’s Jinx. Although Jinx’s world may seem small, it is much more than what it seems to be. It is not just his perspective of the world that changes throughout the story. During the rising action of Jinx, the protagonist changes dramatically as a character through his thoughts and actions.
Jinx becomes less conservative, more curious, and more risk-taking as the story progresses (especially the beginning of the book). He is never told of the hidden door. It was only through his curiosity of magic and desire of learning that he knew about the door that holds an entirely different world beyond it. The book even acknowledges it explicitly, saying, “As Jinx grew less afraid… he grew more and more curious” (Blackwood 35). Following the topic of curiosity, Jinx pushes the limits even further: “He wanted to find what lay beyond it” (111). Sophie recognizes this, supporting him with the fact that it is “‘human nature to explore’” (49). The rising action is very important for character development, building him or her up for the climax. However, Jinx’s growing curiosity and eagerness to learn never stops even at the very end of the book: “Jinx was ready to see the world” (360).
Even though our protagonist learns to take risks, he also becomes more independent, thinking for himself and making his own choices: “he’d lost his ability to see other people’s feelings… he’d become a whole lot more interested in how he felt” (105). He knew he there was something wrong, and he was determined to do something about it. Initiative and perseverance are important aspects of leadership, and they go well with the fact that he is maturing and becoming more self-driven over time. Leaving the safety of Simon’s house was no foolish idea; being a naturally observant and curious child, Jinx “‘knows the forest; he’s not afraid of it’” (143). If he knows he can accomplish something, he can accomplish anything.
Related to the topic of growing up, an important connection can be made that links Jinx to the real world. After some point in your life, you are completely capable of sustaining yourself. Although Jinx is young, he “set out into the world to seek his fortune” (146), and eventually, so will all of us. Most humans enter the real world to live a life of their own, not requiring their parents to survive or make a living. This is a regular part of growing up that Jinx learns over time. There are very close tie-ins between some of the quotes in this book and maturing.
Jinx may be a simple book, but its development of characters allows the reader to deeply understand the theme and relate with the protagonist, especially a young adult, which this book was designed for. Jinx teaches people of the ever-increasing hardships and responsibility of growing up, as well as that success can only be achieved by taking risks. In addition, two sequels to Jinx have been released, proving that there is much more to the book than just the examples listed above. Jinx is entering a new world with an experience much like our own lives.
Every book needs its share of dynamic characters, and Jinx is no different. Over time, Jinx is learning to take more risks in search of a higher reward, as well as learning to think as an individual and make choices that will benefit himself. This mindset will be crucial for him as he enters the world of reality, with no one by his side. He will meet obstacles on the way, and he will have to solve them with only his instinct and his knowledge. Blackwood herself proves that although your world may seem small, the possibilities are endless. It really isn’t a small world after all.
(I wrote two conclusions and couldn’t decide which one to use, so I used both)