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“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

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Kindle Edition, 451 pages
Published (first published December 29th 2009)
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Sean Cummings
Jan 12, 2010 Sean Cummings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a guy who loves science fiction and fantasy, so what the hell am I doing reading chick lit? Well, aside from supporting a fellow Canadian author with her debut novel, I won't put down a book that speaks to universal themes like human failings and redemption.

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
“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 does describe 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. It's written along the lines of Sophia Kinsley’s Confessions of a Shopaholic series or as I m
Mar 16, 2012 Cassie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic
Utterly forgettable. In fact, I'm not entirely sure why I bothered to finish this one on the first place. Somehow, despite this book being a totally bloated 425 pages long, I felt like I didn't know anything about our protagonist, Katie. Even though the book wrapped up all of its loose ends, I felt like nothing got solved. I don't even know where this book took place, other than some unnamed city in the East, with a guest appearance by a mountain resort rehab which I guess was also East. My best ...more
Jan 05, 2012 Anjana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.
Jennifer Lane
Catherine McKenzie Spins a Great Story

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
Jan 29, 2010 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, love love this book! Really, it's chick lit at its best. Great characters, tight plots, realistic romance. If you are looking for the next great chick lit book, then this is definitely it.
What a book! It went beyond my expectations. It was enjoyable and lighthearted.
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
Larissa ☾
3.5 stars.

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

“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
Jan 26, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really expect to like this book. Too many books about wannabe writers who want to show off their Hollywood connections and lifestyles of the rich and famous behaving badly have turned my stomach. The authors are often self absorbed. Now I can honestly say this book kept me reading far past the hour that a woman with four children and a professional job should be reading because I was so intrigued and really cared about the protagonist. She was funny, snarky, and not very self aware but ...more
Theresa Alan
Jun 24, 2016 Theresa Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book from the first page. I loved the pacing and humor and the protagonist, Kate.

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
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Spin is a fun, fast read for all of those 20-somethings (or who still feel like 20-somethings) who know exactly how it is to go out there and have just "one drink" ;)

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
Nov 25, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow. That's what I'll start off with. I really enjoyed this book. The story was fast paced and engaging, and I found myself unable to put it down. When I finally finished, I was going back and rereading snippets. When I finally finished with THAT, I stuck it in my neighbor's mailbox was a large note saying READ NOW!!! Katie is a great heroine, despite all of her flaws. In fact, it's her horrible screw ups that make her so endearing. On one level, the book was hysterical. Katie is snarky and kick ...more
Kerstyn M.
This book amazed me.
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
Jan 16, 2010 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you never thought of a posh rehab center as an ideal setting for a madcap adventure, think again. SPIN's unique setting makes for a fresh and funny read -- and one with a moral too. Katie Sandford stands heroic despite -- and perhaps because -- of her imperfections in this wildly entertaining debut novel by Catherine McKenzie.
As soon as I saw Spin by Catherine McKenzie was on Netgalley, I wanted to read it immediately. The cover, the synopsis, it all sounded just perfect. We hear a lot about celebrities going to rehab for alcohol, drugs, nervous breakdowns, eating disorders etcetera, but we never get to hear about what goes on in rehab. (Obviously.) Which means that any kind of novel that gets the scoop on rehab is going to be worth reading and will help satisfy our cravings for knowing what celebrities go through. T ...more
Jan 19, 2010 Darlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 21, 2010 Jonita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate Sandford is almost 30, but she still poses as a graduate student at times for the free food available at graduate events. She writes articles for the newspaper about obscure but interesting bands, and when she gets an interview at The Line, a music magazine that she has always aspired to work at, she is ecstatic. The night before the interview she goes out with friends to celebrate the combination of her birthday and the interview and, well, over-celebrates a little. She arrives at her inte ...more
Dec 30, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Spin" has easily found it's way at the top of my "favorite book list". Kate(which is what I prefer to call i her in the beginning), has deep rooted issues that she didn't even realize she had. She's raw and I truly believe every reader can connect with her. I tend to connect with the main character of every book that I have read, but with Kate, I really felt like she was speaking to me, telling me her story, telling me to go for the changes I have longed to make in my life, and to really relax ...more
I finished reading this novel a few minutes ago (it's now 6:11 PM EST) and I must say that it was a very good story, with an equal blending of humor, emotional tensions, and solid character development.

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
Lydia Laceby
Originally Reviewed at Novel Escapes

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
Apr 19, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-on-kindle
I've now read 4 books written by this author and I have to say that this one is my favorite but first a general review of the author: I read a lot and I find some books simply exhausting. The author just tries too hard to incorporate too many time periods, too many characters and too many story lines. For someone who works and reads in their (little) free time, I often have to work so hard to figure out what is going on in the book.

Catherine McKenzie is smarter than that. She gives us one story
Jan 28, 2010 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! More intelligent than your average chick lit, SPIN takes a sensitive yet humourous look at life amongst the celebrities inside a rehab facility.
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
Kathleen Peacock
I finally picked SPIN up last week and it’s been a total time sucker. In the best possible way.

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
Terri Wino
Apr 14, 2014 Terri Wino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2014
I'm sooooo glad I discovered this author! Though this is her first book, I read two of her others prior to this one -- Forgotten and Arranged -- and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them.
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
Apr 03, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! With the topic of rehab, I thought it might be a little darker than the author's other novel I read, Arranged. However, I was pleasantly surprised that it had a light tone about it. I love Catherine McKenzie's writing style where the characters are deep but the tone of the book is light. I love the romance in her novels that aren't exactly the whole focus of the novel, but add an attractive element that adds dimension and that "I can't put this book down," feel.
Christina M
Aug 03, 2012 Christina M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I love Spin! I loved how funny it was (it was very funny), and how so many things happens with just the right amount of pages to describe them. The book is not a romance type of book, but there is a romance going on between the main character and another and what I appreciated about it, was that it was very subtle, not cheesy and when something ''cute'' was happening it was straightforward adorable.
Jul 03, 2013 Moe rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book. It was a fast paced book, & I loved Kate. (Because she could be anybody- including me) She made some bad decision, but in the end all her bad decision led her to who she really is. Sometimes you really just need to take a breath, & a time out to figure out what you really want & need.(less)
Jan 16, 2010 phyllis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stayed up late finishing SPIN. Totally fun, totally addictive. Wasn't quite sure how it was going to end, which is always a pleasure to have happen. Somewhere between Bridget Jones Diary (but a much better protagonist), a million little pieces (but much more fun) and the movie Almost Famous (but, you know, a book). Can't wait to read more from Catherine McKenzie!
Mar 30, 2012 Pollypoptart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This is a really enjoyable read about a wannabe music journo who loses her chance at a big break due to going to her dream job interview drunk . . . and ends up being offered the chance to go undercover at rehab to find out about America's sweetheart. It turns out, however, that rehab may have more to offer her than a career opportunity.
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Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill University and McGill Law School, Catherine practices law in Montreal. An avid runner and skier, she's the author of the international bestsellers SPIN, ARRANGED, FORGOTTEN, HIDDEN and SMOKE, and the novella, SPUN. Her works have been translated into multiple languages.

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“Love isn't simple, Katie, and neither is life. Things that are worth having are sometimes complicated, and they evoke complicated emotions. You know, one of the reasons people often turn to alcohol or drugs is that they can't deal with complications.” 20 likes
“It’s just how love gets described in the movies. Like in Sleepless in Seattle . . .” This is the movie they showed us last night. “Tom Hanks’s character is musing about why he fell in love with his dead wife, and he says that it was because she could peel an apple in one long strip, or something like that. And I was reading something similar in a book recently, only that was about peeling an orange . . . anyway . . . I’ve just never felt like the way someone peels fruit would be a reason to spend the rest of your life with them.” 5 likes
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