Spin by Catherine McKenzieSpin by Catherine McKenzie


byCatherine McKenzie

Paperback | December 28, 2010

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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?

CATHERINE McKENZIE was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. A graduate of McGill University and McGill Law School, Catherine practices law in Montreal. An avid runner and skier, her novels SPIN and ARRANGED are national bestsellers. Visit her online atcatherinemckenzie.com.
Title:SpinFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 7.12 × 5.31 × 1.05 inPublished:December 28, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554687594

ISBN - 13:9781554687596


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good This was my first McKenzie novel and I definitely want to read more! I loved the rhythm and style of her writing. I loved the characters. They have baggage, they're vulnerable, they mess up... just like all of us! I love that this story is about a very serious subject (addiction, rehab), but is written with a great sense of humour and a little romance on the side. This is a good book that I would recommend a friend! Will read more from this author, that's for sure!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spin The lead character of this book has a penchant for making all the wrong choices! Reading the next line is a bit like riding a roller coaster at the amusement park. I loved the humour and her struggles with rehab and honesty. A really fun read with some good "food for thought."
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another one down for the count! A quick, cute read!
Date published: 2013-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another one down for the count! Discovered Catherine Mckensie with her book Arranged and so enjoyed her style of writing that I had to read Spin. I was not dissapointed. Great story & !fun characters! Now looking forward to reading her next one!
Date published: 2013-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome book! This book definitely reflects our present day and age. It has a very real and believable heroine who shows her weaknesses and begins to learn her strengths as the story goes on. Underneath it all she manages to have a sense of humor that helps to lighten the story. I never thought reading about rehab could be this entertaining. To wrap it all up there is a dreams can come true ending that adds a positive spin. (no pun intended) Very enjoyable!
Date published: 2012-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story “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.
Date published: 2012-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent The Good Stuff Author is Canadian (and the book isn't depressing or about the prairies -- you have to understand my issue here, we are forced to read depressing Cdn literature -- often about the prairies - from Grade 4 all the way through College in Ontario - it colours you ) Dialogue between characters is nice and crisp, fresh and often funny as hell Smart and funny Fast paced tightly written story, doesn't drag Fabulous character development, Kate feels like a real person, warts and all Really could see this as a movie Good secondary characters that compliment the heroine, yet don't overshadow her Nice moral questions done in a non preachy or schmaltzy way - makes you think what you might do in the same situation. I really liked how the characters lives didn't become perfect after they had left rehab, they were still struggling, but there was a sense of hope for change - very realistic Will be picking up Arranged, by McKenzie as well since I was so impressed with her writing style Could not put the book down, felt like I was part of the story Author is Canadian - come on American pals, you know how excited we get when something Canadian is good The Not So Good Stuff Found Kate's sister seriously irritating and just plain unpleasant - if she were my twin sister I would have drank too Favorite Quotes/Passages "The way I see it, Kid, anything that comes from the ground is OK," my father said. "It's the manufactured s**t, pardon my French, that gets people in trouble. If you can consume it in its natural state, and never tell your mother I said this, I don't see why you can't experiment a little." I stared at him from the middle of my beanbag chair. "What are you talking about Dad?" "I'm talking about pot, hash, and 'shrooms. If you stick to those, you should be OK. Not that I'm telling you to take them. But if you do decide to do drugs, those are the drugs you should use." "If you're reading this message, you're smarter than I thought! No need for explanations,lass. The intrigue was worth it. I laugh out loud. People surprise you every go***n day, even in rehab." "I wonder if anyone else is awake. Or are visions of sugarplums, or sugarplum brandy, dancing through their heads." Who Should/Shouldn't Read This one is perfect for everyone, both male and female -- people have mentioned it on chick lit lists, but I feel that does it a disservice, men will enjoy the story as well Even good for older YA readers (obviously there is some sex, drugs, etc -- but nothing explicit -- and hey the message of drugs and alcohol can be very bad is a good one) This would be a wonderful story for lying on a beach or curled up on a couch 4.75 Dewey's William Morrow sent this to me for review in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2012-02-07