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Spin [Paperback]

Catherine McKenzie
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Katie Sandford has just gotten an interview at her favourite music magazine, The Line. It's the chance of a lifetime. So what does she do? Goes out to celebrate -- and shows up still drunk at the interview. No surprise, she doesn't get the job, but the folks at The Line think she might be perfect for another assignment for their sister gossip rag. All Katie has to do is follow It Girl Amber Sheppard into rehab. If she can get the inside scoop (and complete the 30-day program without getting kicked out), they'll reconsider her for the job at The Line.

Katie takes the job. But things get complicated when real friendships develop, a cute celebrity handler named Henry gets involved, and Katie begins to realize she may be in rehab for a reason. Katie has to make a decision -- is publishing the article worth everything she has to lose?


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"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." --Holly Kennedy, author of The Penny Tree, The Silver Compass and The Tin Box

"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." --Tish Cohen, author of Inside Out Girl and Town House

"It's been said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture--so what does that make writing about writing about music? With Spin, Catherine McKenzie proves it can be a direct path to the heart of the true believer, a virtual instruction manual on how to maintain passion. She 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 effort." --David Sprague, veteran freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in Variety, Village Voice and Billboard Magazine

"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. Filled with brutal honesty and wry humour, Spin is a story for anyone who has ever woken up hungover and thought, 'Do I have a problem? Yes--I need to find a greasy breakfast.' And by that I mean everyone I know." --Leah McLaren, Globe and Mail columnist, author of The Continuity Girl

"In Kate Sandford, Catherine McKenzie has created a 21st-century Bridget Jones--dark and delicate, broken yet strong. Spin is all at once comic, heartbreaking, and life-affirming." --Tish Cohen, author of Inside Out Girl and Town House

"Spin is a fresh, sassy, and compelling novel delivered with pitch-perfect humour. McKenzie's light touch with a serious topic will have readers cheering for Kate as she proves people can change." --Holly Kennedy, author of The Penny Tree, The Silver Compass, and The Tin Box

"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." --David Sprague, music journalist , contributor to Variety, Village Voice, and Rolling Stone

"Catherine McKenzie gives her readers the chance to spin this tale two ways. We get a first-class ticket on a fast-paced celebrity ride, with drug addicted stars and starlets, on-again-off-again romances, all set amid the ever present paparazzi. On the flip side, McKenzie reminds us that it's easy to point fingers and gossip; what's not so easy is the ability to honestly scrutinize ourselves. A fabulous, page-turning debut." --Lynn Crymble, author of It Can Happen to You

"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." --Holly Kennedy, author of The Penny Tree, The Silver Compass and The Tin Box

"Catherine McKenzie gives her readers the chance to spin this tale two ways. We get a first-class ticket on a fast-paced celebrity ride, with drug addicted stars and starlets, on-again-off-again romances, all set amid the ever present paparazzi. On the flip side, McKenzie reminds us that it's easy to point fingers and gossip; what's not so easy is the ability to honestly scrutinize ourselves. A fabulous, page-turning debut." --Lynn Crymble, author of It Can Happen to You

"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. Filled with brutal honesty and wry humour, Spin is a story for anyone who has ever woken up hungover and thought, 'Do I have a problem? Yes -- I need to find a greasy breakfast.' And by that I mean everyone I know." --Leah McLaren, Globe and Mail columnist, author of The Continuity Girl

"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." --Tish Cohen, author of Inside Out Girl and Town House

"It's been said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture -- so what does that make writing about writing about music? With Spin, Catherine McKenzie proves it can be a direct path to the heart of the true believer, a virtual instruction manual on how to maintain passion. She 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 effort." --David Sprague, veteran freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in Variety, Village Voice and Billboard Magazine

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, funny read May 1 2012
Format:Paperback
I came across this book while at Target. I have to say I picked it up and put it back down for about 3 visits. Finally I thought I have to read this, and I am glad I did. I could not put it down from the moment I started on page one. I was drawn in. I mean who goes to a job interview still drunk? I had to know what was going to happen.

Lets face it we have all wanted something so bad....but how far are we willing to go for it? Would you be willing to go to rehab for a job? Instantly I was drawn to the character Kate. She is sassy, funny, and will to let nothing stand in her way of what she wants. The book kept me on edge always wondering how far can she take this and will she get caught? As the pages turned I realize maybe Kate is not there just for the story. Maybe she needs to be there to help herself.

For me this book was a page turner. I could not put it down. I definitely want to read more of McKenzie's future books.
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By Buggy TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
"Imagine if Bridget Jones fell into A million little pieces, flew over the cuckoo's nest and befriended Lindsey Lohan along the way." Okay I might have stolen that quote from the back of the book but it describes Spin perfectly, so I couldn't help myself.

This was a fantastic read and from a new Canadian author no less. Totally relatable, addictive and hilarious, I had trouble putting this one down. Its written long the lines of Sophia Kinsley's Confessions of a Shopaholic series or as I mentioned Bridget Jones's Diary, I also had flashes of Girl, Interrupted (if the loony bin were rehab) And yet despite all the comparisons Spin still manages to have a unique feel to it.

Peppered with pop culture references from movies, TV and music, there's even a chapter by chapter playlist included at the end. I also just love books that are written the way we girls actually think, you know with random disjointed thoughts and crazy insecurities. And how much fun is it to follow a heroine who isn't perfect? Kate, well she's a mess so it was an absolute blast stumbling along with her while she finds herself.

Kate,(Katie, whatever) Sanford has just landed the job interview she's been dreaming about her entire adult life, (other than writing for Rolling Stone that is.) It's an interview with her favourite music magazine The Line. It's also Katie's 30th birthday which is all the more reason to celebrate, right? I mean what harm can meeting her friend Greer and having one little drink do?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story March 13 2012
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
"Spin" is about a young woman, Katie Sandford, a thirty year old struggling writer who loves to party in excess with her friends and who desperately wants to work for a music magazine called The Line. She finally gets the opportunity of a lifetime, an interview with the magazine. She is so nervous and excited she gets hammered the night before and shows up late and severely hung-over for her interview. Definitely not a way to impress a future boss'.However they do see some potential and give her a job with their sister magazine Gossip Central, not the job of her dreams but nonetheless a foot in the door. As a test trial, the editors give her an assignment to write a tell-all story about Amber Sheppard, a starlet, from "The Girl Next Door", a girl who has hit rock bottom and recently entered rehab for drug and alcohol addictions. Katie may be just the perfect person to befriend Amber and join her at the facility to search out the dirty little secrets to a killer exposé.

This is a chick-lit novel at its best, funny, charming, personal and honest with all the OH NO!, AW!, GOSH! You can imagine. The story is filled with delightful twists and turns and the most loveable of characters, some may even compare it to Bridget Jones Diary. Granted, the storyline is a little predictable but it is certainly interesting and very relevant in today's celebrity worshiping culture and of course no women's contemporary fiction would be complete without a handsome love interest, in this case it is done perfectly adding plenty of spice and colour to the mix'. Aaaaw!!!! Those hot moments will get you every time.:)

The novel is absolutely captivating, an enjoyable spin to the rather sensitive subject of substance abuse and the long road to recovery. A beautiful debut novel, well done Ms. McKenzie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loves it!!!! Jan. 31 2012
By fredamans TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Besides she's a Canadian author, she is a fantastic story teller. I was lured right into this book for its' story. I had to know what was going to happen to Kate. I needed to see what emotions she felt, the things she experienced and what her decisions would be. I just had to know. So, I ate the book up in a few hours and found out.
I laughed out loud. I was tormented in emotional parts, even angered, but this was all good!
I am so happy with the outcome, and really can't wait to read more from Catherine.
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Format:Paperback
Spin - by Catherine McKenzie

ARC-received from LibraryThing/Publisher

Spin is an interesting take on what may or may not happen when one goes into rehab for alcoholism.

Katie is an alcoholic though she does not want to admit it. Alcohol even ruined her chance at her dream job at a music magazine. A few weeks later the same corporation that owns the music mag contacts her but they have different assignment for her. Follow a starlet into rehab, make friends with her and get a scoop. All of this is for a gossip mag that the corporation owns. The carrot dangled in front of Katie? Her dream job.

During the course of this novel I had to ask myself 'is this what rehab is really like'? Do stars and starlets really act out this way while there? Can lasting, close friendships be forged while enduring rehab? Can decades of hurt be cured in a mere 30 days of therapy?
As I was reading, it soon became clear that the realism or lack of such, didn't matter to me. What did matter was turning the pages to continue in finding out just what was going to happen with Katie and Henry and Amber and Amy.

I needed to know if Katie was really going to backstab Amber, was Katie going to fall in love with Henry, would rehab work for her?
While similar to the movie28 Days it is still well worth the time it takes to read.
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What would you do to get the job of your dreams? Would it be worth telling tales about your newest friend? Kate Sandford found her self in just that situation. Read more
Published on July 4 2011 by Heather Pearson
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4.0 out of 5 stars It spun me right round...
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Published on June 22 2010 by GeekGirl42
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, laugh out loud read with a fresh voice
Catherine McKenzie's engaging debut novel has proven her as one to watch. Her voice is fresh, new and compelling. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story. Fast read.
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Published on Jan. 28 2010 by H. Dikranian
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Spin by Catherine McKenzie is a fresh and fun, yet serious debut novel from this author! For me it was a perfect escape to another world with characters I loved and a storyline... Read more
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