Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Book Review: Spin by Catherine McKenzie

My streak of good books continues!  Spin is the story of a young woman who, at thirty, is still waiting for her dream job as a writer for a music magazine.  She blows the one chance she has by showing up to the interivew drunk.  However, when Hollywood's latest "it girl" goes into rehab, the magazine editor offers Katie a second chance by paying for her to enter rehab and report on the celebrity.  Katie thinks it'll be an easy job, but when she develops a real friendship with Amber (the celebrity) and realizes she may actually need to be in rehab, things get more complicated.
Loved it.  It's chick lit, true, but much better than most.  The characters are multi-dimensional and not always likable.  The pacing is spot on, and, though not always believable, the plot is intriguing and to-the-moment in theme.  It's not literary fiction, of course, but I think it's very successful as a chick lit novel.

Entertainment Value
This one is definitely worth suspending your disbelief for.  It's a fast read (I read it in two nights and it's close to 500 pages) and the plot will keep you moving.  I cared about all of the characters and what would happen to them - during the day I was anxious to get home and read the end.  To me that's one mark of a good book. 

I recommend giving it a try, especially if you're looking for a high quality, easy, light read.  The characters are relatable and the plot is fun.  Even though the book deals with some heavy subject matter regarding addiction, the tone overall is light and upbeat.  It's a feel-good book and idea for reading on the beach or while travelling.  The author has another book out, Arranged, that I'll definitely be looking for.

Thanks to TLC and Harper Collins for sending me a copy to review!  Click here to see a list of the other bloggers on this tour.


  1. That sounds pretty good! I've started The Hunger Games and I've been on a big YA kick, so I may look into this book.

  2. Ooh, showing up for an interview drunk?! I think I want to read this one just to see how that whole scene goes ...

    So glad you're streak of good books is intact! Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  3. I didn't pay much attention to this one initially, but it sounds like something I'd really like!

  4. 500 pages in two nights?! I think that says it all right there!

  5. So glad you enjoyed it - Catherine McKenzie