I loved Girl in a Spin. I was immediately immersed in the plot, laughed out loud frequently and grew so fond of the characters that I desperately wanted to know how this delightful story would end.
I couldn't help rooting for naïve Jenny. She knows what she wants, and is determined to get it, so much so that she loses sight of what's in front of her or just plain ignores it. I wanted to shake some sense into her a few times, and couldn't wait for her to figure things out, but it made her human and I adored her even more for it. I loved that she wasn't perfect and despite her less than ideal past, she didn't use it as an excuse, but continued moving forward. I was quite taken with Dev's character from the start and although I wasn't a fan of Richard, I didn't hate him and thought that he fully believed he was doing what he thought he wanted and was right. Each character was well rounded with pasts and dreams and I could see all of their motivations clearly.
Although it seemed easy to decipher what was happening, the ride to get there was amusing and fun. Clodagh Murphy even managed to somehow make reading a story about politics enjoyable. This shocked me as I'm not particularly political minded, especially when they take place in a country far from my own, but it was detailed enough to be interesting, yet light enough that it wasn't bogged down in too much boring detail. The balance was perfect and I enjoyed the unusual topic that we don't see very often in chick lit.
There were even things in this novel that should have seemed over the top, but they somehow felt completely natural in this story. The ex boyfriends club was unique and amusing and even though this might sound a bit ridiculous, it didn't come across as such in the least.Read more ›
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Where's the Part tonight?!!?Sept. 21 2014
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A funny quote about being the "IT" Party Girl: Working out is my partying Protein shakes are my beer Preworkouts are my shots The pump is my buzz And the pain the next morning Is my Hangover
Is true that life is damn hard for any rootless, party girl who doesn't give a shit about anything in the world and is it really shameful to aim for nice little domestic life with a sweet-old husband?
Jenny Hannigan is the definition of a true party girl- dinners means no home-cook meals, party means getting terribly hung-over and love means breaking millions of hearts. But after a long time, Jenny is in love and is keeping the identity of her soul mate so close to herself! But what happens if the frenemy gets married before the most happening girl of college? Well Jenny's story starts right in the middle of a marriage where people are sugar-mouthing the newlyweds whereas Jenny is sulking and hating the whole environment sitting in a corner.
Clodagh Murphy, a Dublin born author, has wove a funny, and roller-coaster ride of emotions tale, named, Girl in a Spin which not only makes you go ROFL but also brings a tear at the corner of your eyes! From the quirky name to the remarkable and sparkly protagonist, the book is a real treat for all the women who fancy a quick love affair with their own lives.
I'd like to thank the author, Clodagh Murphy, for sending me over a copy of her book, in return for an honest review.
Abandoned by her mother at a young age, Jenny has grown up in foster care and under different foster families by landing herself into trouble from one family to another. She works as a nanny, is in love with the to-be British PM, who belongs from the Moderate Party, (PS: David Cameron don't take it personally, many girls still dream to be in love with the British PM rather than with Prince Charles!!), and lives in a apartment with two odd guys, and ends her night drowning herself in the myriad of glittery lights and sleeping under the disco light and waking up with a terrible hangover. All the while Jenny was feeling elated about the fact that Richard, the to-be PM, has left his wife for her! But when, Richard's handsome publicist, Dev Tennant, comes and tells her that, Richard's wife kicked Richard out of their home after finding out the affair with Jenny, it makes leaves her distraught and sad and hurt! And when her Christmas night glows up with Dev's warm and kind heart, Jenny's heart splits in to and faces herself facing the dilemma of her love-stricken heart!
Yes, it is chick-lit! But who doesn't day-dream about a high-end affair with a very important personality-maybe someone from the political field? Yes, ladies, it's a perfect getaway for you! And yes, it has got chic dresses, shoes, accessories, warm pink over coat, and lots of booze. I don't know why Jenny reminds me of Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton is some ways! She is sweet, shy, and has a very quirky and immature demeanor. She's 24, and is yet to experience the world and when she is caught up in Richard's political world, Jenny questions herself. All the while, her mind is love-bitten with Dev and also Dev is making it hard for her to let go of her holding feelings about him! I must say romance and Christmas are the two things that keep our spirits up in the book. The author's style of narrating the whole tale keeps us not only engaged but also on the edge with Jenny's impulsive attitude. Her total misfit into Richard's world is quite alluring and highly humorous at times.
This book is a perfect read for lighting up the gloomy atmosphere around you! Trust me; the world looks bright for a minute!
No "spin doctor" needed here! :)Dec 30 2011
Confessions of a Y.A. and N.A. Book Addict
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Jenny Hannigan is 24 years old. She's a nanny and has been seeing Richard Allam, a 36 year old rising politico for the past year. He's told her he's separated form his wife, Julia, but they've kept this information private. Jenny is sort of a free spirit. She's not had a conventional upbringing and has no family, having been in the foster system since she was a child. To help with Richard's image, Dev Tennant, an old friend, and publicist is brought in to add a positive spin to Jenny's image and make sure she doesn't negatively affect his campaign. Dev is about the same age as Richard, and he can't help but be attracted to Jenny the first time he meets at a wedding, before he finds out she's Richard's new lady love. So he feels let down when they meet again and he discover who she is. Dev can see from the start that Richard and Jenny won't make it in the long haul, but he decides not hurt Jenny and let her learn on her own.
I really enjoyed Girl in a Spin. The premise was something I had not heard before, and having just recently read Clodagh Murphy's previous release, The Disengagement Ring, I was extremely eager and excited to read this book. And boy am I glad I did not wait too long. I really liked Jenny. She was fun, vivacious, and had made some bad choices while having the best of intentions. Her main goal was to find someone to love and care for her. She thought she had found that in Richard, only to be let down when some hard truths came out. Dev was kind, caring, compassionate, and handsome to boot! He really had Jenny's best interests at heart, even when it seemed he was being mean. I liked how Ms.Murphy allowed us to get into the heads of all the characters, not just Jenny and Dev, but Richard and Julia too. Now I will have to eagerly await her next release which we won't see until Spring/Summer of 2012.
Adored!May 31 2011
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Girl in a Spin, the second novel from Irish author Clodagh Murphy is out the park good. This story has romance and betrayal, politics and scandal, and a delightful heroine who will not give up on love. I know some chick lit fans are wondering about the "politics" word I used, which isn't so common for chick lit novels. Jenny Hannigan, the good-hearted and optimistic main character, falls for Richard Allam, a recently separated politician. Jenny thinks she has found true love with Richard. He is the complete package- charming, successful, wealthy- but Jenny also believes Richard has a kind heart and loves her back. When Richard's publicist Dev Tennant gets involved for Richard's upcoming election, his job is to "spin" Jenny into someone the public can support- the perfect politician wife. But while Jenny has a slightly wild past, Dev's job turns out to be harder than he imagined- but he still can't stop himself for beginning to fall for his boss's girlfriend. While Jenny finds herself attracted to Dev, she remains loyal to Richard- until Richard's real motives for leaving his wife are brought to light.
I think the main reason that I loved Girl in a Spin so much is because of Jenny's character. She actually reminded me a lot of myself, which was fun to notice, but also because she is so darn loveable. I loved her optimism. Even though she came from a tough background and supported herself most of her life, she never gave up on thinking she could get a happy ending. Even though a lot of the book covered political topics- campaigns, speeches, appearances- I was never confused or bogged down by the political references. And the hilarity in many of the scenes! Jenny has quite an unconventional background, complete with a few stalkers that make for some laugh out loud lines, and Murphy does a spot-on job at mixing humor and more serious topics. I thought the politics and the scandal that goes along with Richard and his divorce is (unfortunately) quite a common occurrence nowadays, and that really kept me invested in the story. I liked how readers are able to get into different characters minds- from Jenny all the way to Richard's estranged wife, Julie. I was hooked until the very last page, and Girl in a Spin will definitely be making it on my Favorites List!
Adorable StoryJan. 5 2015
Witty Dragon Mom
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The story was lovely. Jenny and Dev were wonderful characters. I wish that Richard had more consequences for his behavior.