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Spin (Spin #1)
“At once comic, heart-breaking, and life-affirming.”
—Tish Cohen, author of Town House
“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.”
—Leah McLaren, author of The Continuity Girl
How far would...more
Katie Sanford is a cleverly written protagonist and while this book is classified as Chick Lit, it contains none of the shallowness you might find in the genre. Katie is an all too real heroine who is behind the eight ball on the financi ...more
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. It's written along the lines of Sophia Kinsley’s Confessions of a Shopaholic series or as I m ...more
Spin by Catherine McKenzie is hands down one of my favorite chick lits ever! Thank you Harper Collins for giving me a copy because I absolutely LOVED it! The blurb had me a little skeptical at first because well, it's about Rehab. I assumed the book would go all serious on me and I wouldn't like it but thank goodness it didn't! I'm not sure what I enjoyed more, Kate/Katie's character or the plot itself! The credit goes to the author either way because it's her writing that kept me interested. ...more
Though Kate Sanford has thirty years under her belt, what she really needs is thirty days of rehab. Luckily fate intervenes to procure the much needed treatment when she shows up completely drunk to a coveted journalist interview. It's no surprise when the magazine writes her off for that position, but they have another opportunity in mind: go to rehab (undercover) to spy on the latest it-girl actress Amber Sheppard. If she gets the goods on Amber, Kate may ...more
It's super underrated and I feel deeply sorry for this fact.
It talks about alcoholism and addiction and how a person can be in denial of this problem of his own and how he sees people just exaggerating their reaction toward their behaviour around addiction resources.
It surprised me In a good way in many pages and it made me laugh and smile a lot. Didn't expect it to be as hilarious as this much.
Highly recommended f ...more
I honestly didn't think I was going to like this book because it's set mostly in a rehabilitation center. Last time I read a book set in rehab, I HATED IT, so my expectations for this book was extremely low. I'm surprised to say that I enjoyed the book. I had a few problems with it. For example: The main character is thirty, but she acts younger. I understand that a person's maturity level might not match their age, but Katie did not act thirty whatsoever. Also, I felt the story didn't ...more
“Hi. My name is Katie. I’m a writer, and um . . . I’m an alcoholic.”
“Hi, Katie!” says the group.
“Wrebbit!” says TGND
The gist. Katie has a dream job. She wants to be able to write at this magazine she's been dying to be part of. There's an opening (a grace from heaven) and make do to prep and fill up her credentials. She gets too excited and gets way out of hand that ends her in a drunken stupor with the interview on the next day. So she went (15 minutes late) still in buzz and haze. Of cours ...more
The day before a job interview for a dream job writing about music for a magazine called The Line, her friend invites her out for a drink, which turns into many drinks.
Because she’s had so many drinks the night before, she barely makes it to the interview on time. Her brain is cloudy and she can’t think straight. At one point she has to run to the bathroom to vomit. The woman who follows her recommends ...more
I loved Katie and her fun personality. Landing a job at firm of her dreams was everything that she wanted and when she finally gets the opportunity... yeaaa she gets wasted. But no she doesn't have a problem and even going to rehab for a job to spy on a celebrity doesn't stop her.
Believing she doesn't need treatment (just like every ...more
I was first drawn to "Spin" one day, when in the teen section of my local bookstore. Next to all the vampire romance and other such teen trends of the moment, a realistic, unique novel like this jumped right out at me.
I HAD to read it, no exceptions.
Because of where I bought this book from, I was somewhat surprised by the thirty-year-old heroine, but quickly became grateful that this book could focus on adult characters, and yet have a voice so familiar to all readers.
We all ...more
Normally, novels of this genre I don't read because contemporary novels don't interest me very much. But the author is a Goodreads friend and for that reason, I bought the book and read it.
The main character, Kate Sandford, is a quirky, impulsive, fun-loving woman bordering on 30 who aspires to ...more
Catherine McKenzie’s engaging debut novel has proven her as one to watch. Her voice is fresh, new and compelling. SPIN is a witty, fun, laugh out loud novel, yet had a grittier subject matter and I absolutely could not put it down.
I found the heavier subject of addiction offset nicely by Kate’s highly entertaining thoughts and antics along the way, so it didn’t come across as too heavy, nor did it feel too light. Kathryn felt this might have been made a little ...more
Catherine McKenzie is smarter than that. She gives us one story ...more
Katie Sandford, the heroine of this story is equal parts clever, goofy, and natural. I found her easy to relate to, especially her love of music. In some respects, Katie's career dreams are very similar to my own, so I was avidly reading to see how things would work out for her.
Catherine McKenzie's writing is tight, funny, and fast-pac ...more
Other than sharing a nickname, I have absolutely nothing in common with Kate Sanford. In fact, I’m pretty sure Kate would hate me. I’d be a hipper version of her roommate, Joanne, the square. In fact, in real life, I might really want to hate Kate. I kept trying to hate her in the book (a few times I actually managed it) but she’s weirdly likable. Even when I sorta wanted to throttle her, I couldn’t he ...more
What I really like is that her stories are about the journey her female protagonist is on and how she gets to the end of that journey. Yes, there has been a romance in each of the books I've read, but they haven't been the main focus of the book. A large part of the story? Yes. But getting to know the character ...more
HIDDEN was a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Digital B ...more