Spin

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Overview

Kate's To-Do List:

  1. Go to rehab
  2. Befriend/spy on "It Girl"
  3. Write killer expose
  4. Land dream job

Piece of cake!

When Kate Sandford lands an interview at her favorite music magazine, The Line, it's the chance of a lifetime. So Kate goes out to celebrate—and shows up still drunk to the interview the next ...

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Overview

Kate's To-Do List:

  1. Go to rehab
  2. Befriend/spy on "It Girl"
  3. Write killer expose
  4. Land dream job

Piece of cake!

When Kate Sandford lands an interview at her favorite music magazine, The Line, it's the chance of a lifetime. So Kate goes out to celebrate—and shows up still drunk to the interview the next morning. It's no surprise that she doesn't get the job, but her performance has convinced the editors that she'd be perfect for an undercover assignment for their gossip rag. All Kate has to do is follow "It Girl" Amber Sheppard into rehab. If she can get the inside scoop—and complete the thirty-day program—they'll reconsider her for the position at The Line. Kate takes the assignment, but when real friendships start to develop, she has to decide if what she has to gain is worth the price she'll have to pay.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her charming debut, Québecoise litigator McKenzie introduces readers to Kate, a woman approaching 30 who still lives like a college student, complete with the binge drinking, and is still waiting for her life to begin. She gets an interview for her dream job as a music writer at the Line magazine, but it happens to coincide with her 30th birthday, and she shows up to the interview still drunk from the previous night’s festivities. Blowing her one shot at career success sends Kate into a spiral she’s only brought out of by a call from the Line’s sister publication, Gossip Central, with a gig that’s right up her alley: they want her to go to rehab and write an undercover expose on a Lindsay Lohan–like celebrity named Amber. Kate’s stoked to get a reprieve, and a promise that if she does well, they’ll find a position for her at the Line, post-rehab. However, complications arise when Kate befriends Amber and soon realizes that the celebrity may not be the only one who needs to get sober. With fresh, fast-paced storytelling and a personable, self-deprecating protagonist, McKenzie whirls a perfectly indulgent tale. Agent: Abigail Koons, Park Literary Group. (Feb. 7)
Booklist
“[McKenzie] is a writer to watch.”
New York Journal of Books
“Catherine McKenzie, in her debut novel, ably invites the reader into the story... For readers who enjoy a light, breezy love story, this book clips along well and satisfies. Many will likely find this book enjoyable and a worthy debut effort by Catherine McKenzie.”
RT Book Reviews (top pick)
“McKenzie’s tale of girls gone wild and gone to rehab is ripped straight from the latest tabloid headlines and will keep readers intrigued to the very last page.”
Chicago Tribune
“McKenzie’s deliciously tart sense of humor and her tough yet tender heroine are as refreshing as a perfectly mixed mimosa.”
Globe & Mail (Toronto)
"A compelling, fast-paced read."
(top pick) - RT Book Reviews
"McKenzie’s tale of girls gone wild and gone to rehab is ripped straight from the latest tabloid headlines and will keep readers intrigued to the very last page."
Tish Cohen
“In Kate Sandford, Catherine McKenzie has created a 21st century Bridget Jones—dark and delicate, broken yet strong. SPIN is all at once comic, heart-breaking, and life-affirming.”
Holly Kennedy
“Spin is a fresh, sassy and compelling novel delivered with pitch-perfect humor. McKenzie’s light touch with a serious topic will have readers cheering for Katie as she proves people can change.”
Leah McLaren
“Imagine if Bridget Jones fell into a million little pieces, flew over the cuckoo’s nest, and befriended Lindsay Lohan along the way....”
David Sprague
“With Spin, Catherine McKenzie taps into both the ridiculous and sublime elements of the world her characters inhabit, and, more importantly, points out how those are often exactly the same. A thoroughly engaging debut.”
Booklist on SPIN
“[McKenzie] is a writer to watch.”
Chicago Tribune on SPIN
“McKenzie’s deliciously tart sense of humor and her tough yet tender heroine are as refreshing as a perfectly mixed mimosa.”
Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“A compelling, fast-paced read.”
Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“A compelling, fast-paced read.”
Library Journal
Katie Sandford, a perpetually broke freelancer, completely botches the job interview of a lifetime by showing up halfway between being drunk and hungover. After a weeklong pity party (and lots more drinking), she's tentatively hired by the parent company of the magazine where she is dying to work. The catch: she has to go to rehab to get the dish on a young actress also working the 12 steps. There are a few minor plot inconsistencies, but McKenzie's descriptive prose flows so smoothly that it's easy for readers to get drawn into her story. The characters are easily imagined and well thought out. Watching Katie realize she has a drinking problem will make her seem quite real to readers, and she's a sufficiently self-aware heroine to comment wryly on her life's likeness to a romantic comedy without seeming overly ridiculous. VERDICT Making her U.S. debut, Canadian author McKenzie introduces a modern literary heroine who will remind readers of Sophie Kinsella's "Shopaholic" protagonist: flawed but compelling. Buy this slightly uneven but compulsively readable novel for your contemporary fiction fans who might enjoy a slice of chick lit.—Stacey Comfort, Dexter Dist. Lib., MI
Kirkus Reviews
Sent to rehab incognito to get the scoop on a celebrity in distress, flaky Kate starts to clean up her own act, in a snappily phrased but mechanically composed entertainment. Kate Sandford, 30, an unattached underachieving music journalist, is offered an interview for the job of a lifetime at music magazine The Line, but her weakness for partying leads to a spectacular act of self-sabotage. Then comes a second chance: The Line's sister paper Gossip Central needs someone to go undercover for a month at the Cloudspin Oasis where self-destructive young actress Amber Sheppard is secretly undergoing rehab, and Kate gets the gig. McKenzie has a nice line in throwaway remarks and Jiminy Cricket inner voices, but her storytelling lacks crescendo and Kate has no back story until she starts to change under the effects of detox and therapy. Guilty about deceiving Amber, increasingly aware of past mistakes, reunited with her family and attracted to a sexy nonaddict, Kate looks to be growing a conscience. Once out in the world again, will she manage to live up to her new standards? Burdened by its length, downbeat scenario of deceit and addiction and feel of existing in a vacuum, this chick-lit tale fails to achieve lift off.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062115355
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 435,405
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, where she now practices law. An avid runner and skier, she has also taught part-time at the McGill Faculty of Law.

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  • Posted June 6, 2013

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    Originally posted on my blog Cover Talk: I cannot tell you how

    Originally posted on my blog

    Cover Talk: I cannot tell you how many times I have thrown myself in bed like this. Though not for the reasons that Katie has. For example, being drunk. But the bum in air, face in pillow, f*** the world attitude is one of the best things ever.




    First Line: “This is how I lose my dream job.”




    Why I Read It: The idea of doing whatever it takes to get the dream job, is very appealing to me. But even more appealing, is going undercover in a rehab center. Especially when it’s right where you belong.




    Characters: Katie is thirty years old and determined to land her dream job at The Line. But after her drunken excursion the night before her interview, her life beings to spin out of control. But once she gets into rehab (for a story, not because she needs it or anything), she begins to develop real relationships and realizes that her life is not exactly has perfect as she told herself.




    Joanne, Katie’s roommate is such a tough chick. Most of the time I can’t even tell if she actually likes Katie at all. Rory, Katie’s best friend from childhood, just wants what is best for Katie. Greer, Katie’s friend from Scotland, is the party animal that parties with Katie at all of the bars. They all really do love Katie and absolutely want what’s best for her.




    Amber, Katie’s target, The Girl Next Door, is nothing like Katie imagined. She is a very real person, with real problems, who has a weak spot when it comes to her on again, off again boyfriend, Connor (who is an ass, by the way.)




    Henry, Conner’s best friend and personal assistant, is so sweet and really takes a liking to Katie. Even though she’s in rehab. I cannot help but love him and the fact that he is a ginger, makes me love him even more. 




    Plot/World-building: Spin is such a ‘real life’ kind of book. And it’s actually refreshing to read something like this after all of the fantasy I’ve been reading. What I enjoyed the most about Spin, was Katie’s slow realization that rehab is exactly where she was supposed to be. Not just for her story, but for herself.




    Along with all of the personal relationships she developed in rehab, I loved the romance between her and Henry. What I love best, was that it happened gradually, and wasn’t a dependent relationship. I think the cutest thing about them is their running link. The race at the end. Perfect.




    Final Thoughts: This book surprised me. I knew I would like it, but I didn’t realize that I would fall in love with the characters as much as I did. I was rooting for Katie the whole way and hope, that if I ever needed this, that I would have just as great of a support group as Katie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    I absolutely LOVED this book, it was like a drug, I was totally

    I absolutely LOVED this book, it was like a drug, I was totally addicted. It usually takes me about a month to get through a book but, I read this one in 2 weeks & it was pretty lengthy. A fun, fast read!! I can't wait for Tuesday May 15, 2012 to buy Catherine's second novel: Arranged.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

    So pleasantly surprised with this book. I didn't really expect

    So pleasantly surprised with this book. I didn't really expect to like it as it is a departure on what I typically read but I loved it! It has some humor, sarcasm and a bit of romance all while maintaining a really good plot. I am looking forward to McKenzie's next book coming out later this year!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2014

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Katie Sandford

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    Katie Sandford may not admit to having a drinking problem, but throwing up in the interview of a lifetime due to an evening out the night before may warrant a second evaluation.  Thankfully the magazine is willing to give a second chance and challenges her to enter rehab where a well known starlet is also getting treatment and she must get the inside scoop.  Challenge accepted!

    Sadly, I am a celebrity news junkie!  So this book appealed to me on many levels - I love this author, I love the concept and I like a little celebrity behind the scenes (even if it is fiction!)  I loved Katie for her naive sense of taking the job and not admitting to herself, although it is obvious to the reader that she needs just as much help as the rest of the patients around her.  

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  • Posted April 28, 2014

    Such a great book!

    Such a great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    What a fun read!!

    What a fun read!!

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  • Posted April 27, 2014

    This was the first Catherine Mckenzie book I have read. I loved

    This was the first Catherine Mckenzie book I have read. I loved it. The characters are wonderful and you just keep turning to find out what Amber is going to do next!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Great read!!!

    Great read!!!

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  • Posted April 17, 2014

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    A fun and timely read! When Kate Sandford blows the job of a li

    A fun and timely read!

    When Kate Sandford blows the job of a lifetime by showing up massively hung over at her interview with The Line magazine, she's sure she's done for. Fortunately for Kate, the magazine is willing to give her a second shot. The catch -- Kate has to go undercover in rehab and report on Amber Sheppard, the latest IT girl to gain notoriety for her drug abuse and crazy antics. Thirty days in rehab seems doable, especially if it means landing her dream job, but when Kate begins to really get to know Amber she starts to have serious doubts about completing the assignment. 

    Spin is a super fun read. While the idea of alcoholism and rehab is quite serious, McKenzie handles her subject very well, keeping the book light and entertaining while never belittling the actual issue. It's a nice balance that works quite well.

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

    The book was very well written. I loved the characters. Enjoyed

    The book was very well written. I loved the characters. Enjoyed every page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Luke

    (Yikes. Mum's flipping out. I'm sorry, Cali. I've gotta go to bed.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Cali

    Ill be onn every night but friday. Love you!

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    Posted July 24, 2013

    Avery

    Its not my turn but i am

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Damien

    Sarcastically. "Whoah. Whos it gonna be"

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    Posted July 21, 2013

    Rmma

    She nods, walking out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Wolf

    "It doesn't even matter anymore." She broke away and ran out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Omg 13 going on 30

    Has cuss words

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Raylen to Bryan

    *Ahem* lf you want to talk to me then do so at high up result one. Warning: My best friend will tear you to shreds if you try to do anything.

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    Posted July 21, 2013

    Quin

    Walks out

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    Posted May 15, 2013

    Heyyyyyy

    I hate cats

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