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Spin

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by Catherine McKenzie
 

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“At once comic, heart-breaking, and life-affirming.”
—Tish Cohen, author of Town House

“Imagine if Bridget Jones fell into a million little pieces, flew over the cuckoo’s nest, and befriended Lindsay Lohan along the way, and you are beginning to grasp the literary roller coaster ride that is Catherine McKenzie’s

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“At once comic, heart-breaking, and life-affirming.”
—Tish Cohen, author of Town House

“Imagine if Bridget Jones fell into a million little pieces, flew over the cuckoo’s nest, and befriended Lindsay Lohan along the way, and you are beginning to grasp the literary roller coaster ride that is Catherine McKenzie’s Spin.”
—Leah McLaren, author of The Continuity Girl

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 readers 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.

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.”
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062115355
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/07/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
687,313
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are Saying About This

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.”
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.”
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.”

Meet the Author

Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, where she now practises law. Her novels Spin, Arranged, Forgotten, Hidden and Smoke have all been bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages.

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Spin 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Shirley_Holmes More than 1 year ago
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.
Tatesmom More than 1 year ago
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.
readingdiva11 More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
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.  
Dancingrandma More than 1 year ago
Such a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!!!
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
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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BeckyLeJ More than 1 year ago
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.
zoestoes More than 1 year ago
The book was very well written. I loved the characters. Enjoyed every page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has cuss words
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Holds on to her and takes his shirt then makes out with her
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BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
Catherine McKenzie and William Morrow have donated three copies of Spin for the giveaway at Stonecrest. Thank you so much. I look forward to sharing her debut novel. Synopsis: Katie has been having fun and partying since college. Oh and did I mention that she is nearing her thirtieth birthday. On this most important day Katie gets great news a Writer position at the Line and they want to interview her. Best friend Greer asks her to come out and party to celebrate. Katie goes thinking she will have just one drink. All of the sudden the next morning arrives and it is fifteen minutes before her interview. Will she make it? The interview doesn’t go as planned. Katie thinks that she has lost her dream job. A phone call from the office of The Line comes asking for her to possibly work for the Line. All she has to do is go to rehab and get the goods on this famous actress TGND. Will Katie admit she has a problem? Will she be able to carry out the task? My Thoughts: I have developed a great appreciation for Catherine McKenzie’s writing. Spin was not my favorite of her novels. I liked the way the story started kind of rough around the edges. I had a hard time loving Kate’s character in the beginning. She sort of grew on my as the novel progressed. I did find the art of denial with the characters in rehab rather interesting in the since that this was more a prison which they wanted to get out of. The characters are full of humor. A great story with an unexpected ending!
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. Hilarious, fun, deep and well written, this book had me from start to finish in one sitting. Katie has landed an interview for her dream job. She decides to go out and celebrate (the night before the interview, mind you) and shows up the next day for said interview still drunk. Insert hilariously awkward scenario that you can’t help but laugh at! Needless to say, they don’t offer her the job. Instead, they offer her an alternative – 30 days in rehab, reporting on the stint of Hollywood’s “IT girl” (think Lindsay Lohan) in the same rehab facility. If she can successfully complete rehab with the story, they’ll reconsider her for her dream job. What follows is Katie’s internal battle with her own demons, unique friendships – some of which waver on romantic – the tragic truth of drug/alcohol abuse, and the redemption of acceptance and truth. Katie is sassy, stubborn and convinced that there’s nothing wrong with her. She is perfectly flawed to the point that she’s easy for readers to relate to. The relationships that she forms while in rehab are touching and sweet, and her moments of awkwardness will have you laughing out loud. The author has created a brilliant story that has plenty of similarities to well-known romantic comedies, yet still manages to be uniquely different. Wonderful characters, a great plot and deeply touching moments makes this book a must read for lovers of chick-lit variety. Reviewed by Marie for Cocktails and Books
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I enjoyed the sotry line and would recommend this book for a weekend read
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Bwitchd3 More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing debut. Kate is an awesome character who you can’t help but root for, flaws and all. You will watch her make mistakes, choose the wrong road instead of the right one, and you will love her anyway. She’s wonderfully damaged, along with the rest of the characters in this book, and they all keep you captivated. McKenzie puts a lot of heart into this story, and it shows. You want to know about them, about each of them, and that’s the sign of a great story.
shmeyers More than 1 year ago
Likeable characters. Lots of music references.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very enjoyable and a quick easy read. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a chick lit type book that has some substance to it. It was lighter on the romance, but had an element to it should you be looking for that.
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