by Darcie J. Gudger

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Spin by Darcie J. Gudger

Sophomore Kisrie Kelley longs to fit in. Instead, she's always been a misfit, a fact her nemesis Wendy won't let her forget. At least she's got color guard and photography, right? She almost feels normal when she's out on the field performing or behind the lens. Truth be told, they're the only reasons she even shows up at school, though her professor mom thinks they're both a waste of Kisrie's time. Add a serious affinity to Reese's Peanut Butter Cups that has her battling the bulge and a pestering "prodigy" little sister who thinks she's a bush baby, and Kisrie's contemplating moving to a different planet.

The stakes are raised even higher when she overhears Wendy plotting against Kisrie's English-teacher uncle all over a stupid grade! Should Kisrie snitch and risk Wendy's wrath? Ever since elementary school the young beauty queen has bullied Kisrie as if it were an Olympic sport. Who's going to believe Wendy's story anyway?

Everything spins out of control as vicious rumors fly and lives are on the line. Only the truth can set them all free, but will it be too late?

I could not put this book down. With a fresh voice, a lot of laughs, and unique characters, Gudger captures the essence of teens and the extraordinary temptations and issues they face. And I want to go spin a flag now.
--KIMBERLEY WOODHOUSE, award-winning author of All Things Hidden, No Safe Haven, Race Against Time, and Denali Dreams

What if all life's ups and downs aren't about you? What if the people you've known forever live a different life than you've imagined? What if God asked you to see your worst enemy through His eyes? Darcie Gudger asks readers these introspective questions via her debut novel, Spin. Readers will identify with many of the usual suspects of high school hallways as they reconsider if the grass really is greener on the other side.
--LAURA L. SMITH, author of It's Addicting

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150431379
Publisher: Mountainview Books, LLC
Publication date: 09/18/2014
Series: Guarded , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 364
File size: 714 KB

About the Author

YA author Darcie J. Gudger loves teenagers. Aside from making up stories, she is the director of the award-winning color guard program at Evergreen High School where she teaches students to throw things, catch things, and dance with them. To music. Wearing costumes. She holds a masters degree in education from the University of Colorado. Whenever she gets the chance, Darcie escapes the city with her husband and son into the pine-scented Colorado Rockies. Visit her website:

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Spin 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
DonnaSchlachter More than 1 year ago
Spin is a delightful coming of age tale that flashed this reader back to her awkward high school days. No matter what those days were like for you, you’re certain to find yourself somewhere within the pages of this wonderful read. While Gudger says she writes for teens, this book will also appeal to those who have left their teen years behind. The characters are well-developed, the trouble Kisrie gets into rolls from one conundrum to the next without pause, and you won’t want to put this story down until you reach the very satisfying conclusion. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic debut! It had me going through a myriad of feelings that left me laughing, confused, angry, happy, and tense in some scenes. The plot was engaging and for the most part I liked the characters. There were a few who I didn’t care for because I thought they were too annoying or dizzy. However they helped make a minor part of the story. One of my favorite things about this novel is how God can speak to all ages of people, including teens. Kiz’s experiences weren’t far-fetched and so realistic. I really admired her as she was so honest with how she felt towards God, but yet still did what He asked of her. That doesn’t mean it’s easy or people will understand, but it does show how God desires a personal relationship with His people. Overall, this is an excellent YA novel that I would recommend to mature teens. My eyes were opened to just how serious bullying really can be and go as well as those effects of those actions. I was also blown away in how God can change someone’s heart toward a bully and not retaliate back with violent revenge. *(I received this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.)*
JeanAnnW More than 1 year ago
Even though bullying is not a funny topic, Darcie J. Gudger’s main character, Kisrie, is humorous. Kisrie’s not a size five, and she’s not dainty, which leads to some funny, clumsy moments throughout the first part of the book. After that, the story becomes drop dead serious on the topic of high school bullying. A group of girls, led by queen bully, Wendy Wetz, make Kisrie their target and this story becomes no laughing matter. Ms. Gudger is gutsy to tackle the bullying topic. The story’s plot unfolds into gut wrenching, heart pounding, and often sad circumstances. It evolves around Kisrie and her not being the model teen expected from most of her peers. In chapter two, I was quite surprised when the Point of View switched from Kisrie to Wendy. I was sure then I would truly be allowed into the heart of a story that tackled a difficult topic. Switching to Wendy’s POV throughout the book was a smart move on Ms. Gudger’s part. It deepens the story to make for a more interesting read.
KR3 More than 1 year ago
This was a very surprising read. I was startled to find my emotions wrapped so strongly around Kisrie and her friends. I hated who she hated, I loved who she loved, and I wanted to hug her and tell her how much she is loved by God. Kisrie's problems as a high schooler resonate with you no matter how old you are as a reader. Everyone needs to know that they are worth something to the Creator of the world and that grace is something He offers to each person, no matter how young. Darcie J. Gudger shows this well. I finished this book in just a few days; I'll be glad to read her upcoming books in this series! Great job, Darcie! Keep it up! I received this book as a reviewer. The opinions expressed are my own.
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
*4.5 Stars* Spin is an impressive debut in the YA genre. Ms. Gudger has a strong voice and I liked that she touched on so many different teen topics. Kisrie Kelley is a talented young woman who doesn't fit into the typical teen girl mold - at least the mold her mom would like her to fit into. If only her mom could see where her talents lie. Thank goodness she has some good friends and a dad who're very involved with her well-being. This is so important because Kisrie deals with quite a bit of bullying - especially from one girl who Kisrie refers to as "the Queen of Mean." Aside from worrying over grades and body image, Kisrie also struggles with whether to do the right thing when it means certain physical harm. Wendy Wetz is the perfect antagonist. She seems to have it all, just the kind of girl we love to hate. She's pretty, smart, popular, cunning, and seemingly wealthy. But things aren't always as they appear. However, Wendy does purport some heinous actions on Kisrie and others. And it's when she sets a certain plan into motion that Spin really begins to spin. Spin touches on many relevant teen topics such as bullying, body image issues, making smart choices, as well as timely topics like cyber-bullying and suicide. And it did so in such an honest way and by wrapping a compelling story around these issues. I liked that all these topics are discussed. It made the story complex and, at times, dark. But what I liked even more was seeing how these topics affected the characters and the character growth brought on by dealing with them. Kisrie does begin to make some mature decisions towards the end of the book, as does Wendy and even Jacque, Tammie, and Gwyn, Kisrie's mom. The potential in all the characters is something I love and will draw me back for the next installments. Overall, I found Ms. Gudger's debut fantastic! The story was engaging, well written and suspenseful. And she gave an honest picture of the teen landscape - the things they face every day. I'm eager for the next in the series. I can't wait to see where our heroine and villainess go from here.  **I received a complimentary copy, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.**