How far would you go to get what you wanted? That's the question author Catherine McKenzie addresses in Spin - a delectable debut novel that takes listeners into the connected worlds of pop culture, tabloid journalism, and celebrity rehab. The story of a newbie undercover gossip reporter who follows a troubled starlet into a rehab clinic intending to dig up all the dirt she possibly can, Spin is smart, hip, utterly engaging contemporary fiction in the vein of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin.
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I loved this book from the first page. I loved the pacing and humor and the protagonist, Kate.
The day before a job interview at a dream job writing about music for a magazine called The Line, her friend invites her out for a drink, which turns into many drinks.
Because she’s got plastered the night before, she barely makes it to the interview on time. Her brain is cloudy and she can’t think straight. At one point she has to run to the bathroom to vomit. The woman who follows her recommends AA, which Kate thinks is ridiculous. She screwed up this interview, but it was just a one-time mistake. Yes, it’s true that for a while now, Kate has been stealing her roommate’s bottles of wine, which the roommate buys as an investment. Kate sees no issue with drink the wine since her roommate won’t.
Depressed, Kate goes home to drink and follow the story of Amber Shepard, a woman who became famous playing The Girl Next Door on a TV...
I've now read 4 books written by this author and I have to say that this one is my favorite but first a general review of the author: I read a lot and I find some books simply exhausting. Many authors just try too hard to incorporate too many time periods, too many characters and too many story lines. As someone who works and reads in their (little) spare time, I often have to work too hard to figure out what is going on in a book.
Catherine McKenzie is smarter than that. She gives us one story line and one main character and she fleshes out both to perfection. She makes sure that we know and like the main character and want to keep reading to find out what happens to him/her. She doesn't jump all over the place in time periods so that we are constantly puzzling over the chronological order of events.
The end result? I enjoy reading her books. Reading them feels enjoyable instead of taxing. I want to pick the book back up again after I have put it down so I can...
I really enjoyed this story and had I not had to work I probably would have read it in a day. There is a bit of romance but this story is about so much more than that. It's about trust and family and friendships. Katie starts out in denial about her alcohol problem even after showing up drunk to an interview but she grows so much by the end of the story. I think she personifies something we all have and that is a tendency to deny there is anything wrong with us and I don't necessarily mean being an alcoholic.
I think this is a wonderful story of hope that if we take a step back and be honest with ourselves (like Katie eventually was about being an alcoholic and a liar) we can make changes and make our relationships with others and our lives stronger. Definitely, a keeper novel.
Side Note: This is the first time I have given this author 5 Stars because this book never came close (that I remember) of becoming a trashy romance novel unlike her others which were...
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