By Catherine McKenzie
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062115355, 448pp.)
Publication Date: February 2012
Categories: Contemporary Women
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Kate's To-Do List:
- Go to rehab
- Befriend/spy on "It Girl"
- Write killer expose
- 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 celebrateand 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 scoopand complete the thirty-day programthey'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.
Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, where she now practices law. An avid runner and skier, she has also taught part-time at the McGill Faculty of Law.
- In the beginning of the novel, Katie is writing for smalllocal music or indie magazines, trying to make it as a music writer, but theimpression she has of herself and that others have of her is that she’s not asuccess or doesn’t have a “real” job. Discuss if there are limits (age, amountof time, salary) to following your dreams, and how people are influenced by theexpectations of others.
“A compelling, fast-paced read.”
-Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“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
“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
“Imagine if Bridget Jones fell into a million little pieces, flew over the cuckoo’s nest, and befriended Lindsay Lohan along the way....”
-Leah McLaren, Globe and Mail columnist, author of The Continuity Girl
“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
“[A] charming debut...With fresh, fast-paced storytelling and a personable, self-deprecating protagonist, McKenzie whirls a perfectly indulgent tale.”
-Publishers Weekly on SPIN
“[McKenzie] is a writer to watch.”
-Booklist on SPIN
“Catherine McKenzie, in her debut novel, ably invites the reader into the story... For readers who enjoy a light, breezy love story, this book clips along well and satisfies. Many will likely find this book enjoyable and a worthy debut effort by Catherine McKenzie.”
-New York Journal of Books
“McKenzie’s tale of girls gone wild and gone to rehab is ripped straight from the latest tabloid headlines and will keep readers intrigued to the very last page.”
-RT Book Reviews (top pick)
“The characters are easily imagined and well thought out.... Making her U.S. debut, Canadian author McKenzie introduces a modern literary heroine who will remind readers of Sophie Kinsella’s “Shopaholic” protagonist: flawed but compelling....compulsively readable. ”
-Library Journal on SPIN
“McKenzie’s deliciously tart sense of humor and her tough yet tender heroine are as refreshing as a perfectly mixed mimosa.”
-Chicago Tribune on SPIN