Book Review | Spin by Catherine McKenzie
Author: Catherine McKenzie
Ugly Betty meeets Bridget Jones meets Sandra Bullock in the movie “28 Days” – bring all of these elements together and you’ve got a quirky, entertaining, funny in places and sombre in parts, piece of work. Or, as I recently learned, you have the book Spin by Catherine McKenzie.
As the novel opens, you meet Katie, a grown woman who seems to be trying to escape the realities of adult life by living a student lifestyle (including her grad school friends that she is almost 25, rather than almost 30). On the eve of the interview for her dream job at a music magazine, Katie goes drinking with her friends and finds herself hung over, incoherent and vomiting at her job interview. Katie is devastated and finds herself falls into the depths of despair, which include spending all her time watching the breakdown of a young starlet unfold on television and the internet.
Katie is unable to believe she has a second chance when she is called back to the magazine but then discovers they have other ideas about her career. They want her to go undercover, follow the young starlet into rehab and write the breaking story of her life! If she is successful, she will get her dream job!
Jumping at the opportunity, Katie takes the assignment. What she doesn’t anticipate, however, is that she may a) find herself becoming friends with the starlet, b) falling for a guy who is connected to the starlet and c) learning about herself along the way.
I absolutely LOVED this book! I found it easy to read, incredibly engaging (when I started the novel I had planned to read a “few pages” and instead stayed up for hours reading half the book because I couldn’t put it down) and fast-paced. I enjoyed the characters and kept wondering what would happen next! I particularly liked the development of Katie’s character throughout the novel and the self-realization she would have during the course of the book.
I would recommend this novel to anyone, especially those who enjoy the books and movies I mentioned at the beginning of my review. I am really impressed by the fact that it is the first novel by Catherine McKenzie and I am proud to say that she is a Canadian writer! If you want to learn more about Catherine and Spin, check out her website at http://catherinemckenzie.com/ .
*I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a free copy of the book to read and provide an honest review of its contents. The opinions are entirely my own and may not reflect your own opinion upon reading the book.*
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