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Time has done nothing to heal childhood wounds inflicted more than a dozen years ago, nor fade the memories. Now as an adult, Jo has given up on the human race, men in particular, investing her energies in tattoo artistry and animal rescue. Francis meets Jo during an altercation between Jo and another passenger on the Boston subway. Francis, the brains and speech writer fo ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 194 pages
Published 2010 by Black Rose Writing
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Kathryn
Spin the Plate is about Jo, an incest survivor, and Francis, the weird Christian stalker who decides to take Jo under his wing. Though positive, the ending felt off and incomplete. I've come to realize this is how I feel about the entire book overall.

This book is one of those borderline books, unlikely to fully please readers either solidly in generalized left or right wing camps, something which I am afraid will not help the author. Hardcore Christians will more than likely experience an array
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Libby Hanna
Aug 07, 2010 Libby Hanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I can't think of another book that features characters as unique as Jo and Francis. Yet author Donna Anastasi places them so convincingly in the world we know that it makes you take a fresh look at the people you pass on the street and wonder about what back story they may be hiding. Every character in this book, including the minor ones, has a distinct personality and practically jumps off the page into your world.

It's also a story of an amazing personal transformation for a woman who seemed to
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John Hodge
Aug 07, 2010 John Hodge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished Spin the Plate several days ago and as I was driving the Mass Pike today, I found myself scanning the side of the highway looking for Jo and her dogs….suffice it to say the novel stuck with me.
Definitely edgier than I originally expected and I enjoyed following the twists of plot along the way. Early on, I thought that perhaps Francis was a “heavenly” character here on Earth looking for the next Messiah.

Another thought I had as I finished this book is that the state of Massachusetts
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Eva Leger
I don't know how to start this review. I'm left almost speechless. I had no idea what I was going to get when I cracked this open. I'd read the description, found it interesting, and did want to read the book, but honestly, it didn't jump up into the front for me right then. There have to be - at least - a hundred or more books where I've loved the description and I still haven't gotten to read them.
This jumped up to the front when I talked to Anastasi. My nervousness did too. My reviews are al
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Lyndz
Aug 01, 2011 Lyndz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, own, reviewed
Spin the Plate is a good little weekend read.
I was worried that I would be put off by the “Christian themes” that this book was going to present. I do greatly appreciate being forewarned that it included a religious aspect so that I did not feel blindsided. I thought that the Christian facet of this book was not overdone and could be appreciated and even enjoyed by someone from any or no religious denomination.

Despite Anastasi being a first time novelist, I thought this was a very well told st
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Brenda
Sep 25, 2010 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spin The Plate is Donna Anastasi's first attempt at writing fiction and I must say she hit a home run with this book!

The protagonist Juliana Orsiano,who goes by the name of Jo, puts up a very tough front, she dresses in baggy bib overalls and wears hiking books to her job as a tattoo artist. Every time she leaves the house she puts on her "fuck off " attitude to keep people from approaching her,men in particular. The reason she has has this tough girl exterior is simple, she was hurt badly as a
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Cindy Meilink
Sep 02, 2010 Cindy Meilink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a free book I recently received from the author. Although the synopsis had sounded interesting, I wasn't really certain what to expect from this author's first novel.

I must say I was pleasantly surprised.

Most first novels can be pretty elementary--the author may jump around; the characters may not be developed; and the sentence structure can read like a fifth grade primer. That was not the case in this book.

I immediately felt drawn to the central character, Jo. Although an incest survi
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Laura
Jul 30, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I absolutely loved this book; it is a very quick read and an awesome love story. Fans of romance should love this one. I was fortunate enough to win a copy thru Library Thing. This book reads more like a character study with the main character, Jo trying to overcome serious relationship issues that started when she was molested by her father. Luckily she meets a man named Francis who changes her for the better. This was a great first novel!
Kathleen
Aug 03, 2010 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read four books so far this week, and this is by far the best! I was so happy to find that Jo was able to find a place for her hurt, anger, and hate. That she was able to find love in her heart was a miracle in and of itself. I have to say the Bible passage for the wedding scene was the same one used at my wedding. Great job, Donna!
S.L. Vail
Nov 04, 2012 S.L. Vail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thought-provoking modern allegory

Given its description, I expected Spin the Plate by Donna Anastasi to be a challenging book to read and it was, but not entirely for the reasons I anticipated. Simply put, it took me a while to put this story in context but once I did, I recognized the artistic foundations that underpin the narrative.

The main character, Jo, is a young woman who as a child was sexually and verbally abused by her father and essentially abandoned by her mother, a battered wife tur
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Sheila


Jo’s not like everyone else. She’s big and wears baggy clothes, so stranger’s think she’s lazy and fat. Then she stands up to them, sumo-wrestler strong and perfectly balanced, and strangers flee. It makes her feel good. It’s what she wishes she’d done to her abuser when she was a child.

Francis is not like everyone else either. “Jesus love you, you know,” are his first words to Jo, which probably confuse the both of them. But Francis’ secrets are different, and he hides them very well.

An odd mi
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Jenny
Jun 11, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Donna Anastasi's book! The book was very thought provoking and really made me self analyze how I approached things. Anastasi took an extreme character and turned that character's life completely around in 194 pages. She wrote the inner conflicts that Jo (the main female character) goes through in a way that was very believable and you ache for Jo. Francis (the main male character) was an odd character in different ways from Jo but they both helped save each other from a lonely, ...more
Kayla
This book is unlike anything else I have ever read before! From start to finish, the reader is shown Jo, a woman who strives to be strong in every way possible. By building up her body and her defenses against other people, particularly men, she seems to succeed most strongly in ostracizing other people. Yet I love how we can see the softer side in her, too, the part of her that allows her to feel for others and that would expand if only someone came into her life to show her a way to cope with ...more
Ambrosia Sullivan
Feb 14, 2013 Ambrosia Sullivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spin the plate is not a book that is for the faint of heart. The content is of course emotional and gripping with the past the Jo has. However for every bit of darker emotional edge you also see a spirit that is a fighter one that despite everything she has been through wants to battle back and find sense of normalcy again. In Jo you find a character that you can really admire. She has been through so much and yet she is a fighter both in the thought of the word and literally with her vigilante ...more
Michelle
Jun 19, 2010 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: forreview
This was an interesting story. When I agreed to review it, I was told it was edgy. Not kidding there. My eyebrows raised about twenty times, and for me that's a lot of brow twitching. I wasn't expecting strong swear words, or detailed scenes of child abuse, though they did make the story more emotionally powerful. I did enjoy the story overall, though their was some head hopping and a few tangents that took away from the overall quality of the novel. If the point of view had been more solid and ...more
Donald
Oct 27, 2010 Donald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novel opens with a humorous scene on the subway. Yet, it evolves to explore serious and thought-provoking issues, while often resuming its sense of fun. This book also flows really quickly, as a series of unusual situations unfold. I read this in a single afternoon!

Jo is haunted by memories of sexual molestation by her father. She keeps busy, to try to run from the memories of her past. Her rich and varied life not only distracts her, but provides the reader with a number of mini-stories. Ca
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Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
This is a real book. You can feel Jo's hurt. It's like she punches you in the face as you read her story. Not all books can do this. I really wanted to give Jo a hug, even if it meant I'd get a beat down for trying. Her story is AMAZING.

I love this book- even if the cover did nothing for me. I can't even imagine what her life would be like, but Donna has done a wonderful job of developing her characters and the story so it doesn't matter that I can't. I want to know through the words. I want to
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Kathleen Kelly
Spin the Plate is a novel that gets the reader to think. To think about life, past experiences, the future, faith and a myriad of serious issues. Jo is a tattoo artist and a very troubled young woman. She has low self esteem issues due to her abusive childhood. A father who repeatedly rapes her, a mother who distances herself to this. Jo is anti social and goes out at night to rescue the downtrodden, be they animals or people. One of the people who befriends her is Francis, a young man whom Jo f ...more
Kitty Honeycutt
Aug 24, 2011 Kitty Honeycutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"SPIN THE PLATE" BY DONNA ANASTASI

This was an amazing book, Jo, also known as Julianne has long held back her feelings about the sexual and physical abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her father. Now much older and working as a tattoo artist at a local shop, she has amazing talent as an artist and she spends her free time searching the streets for animals that have been mistreated. There are moments when the finds turn into altercations that give her the chance to get her anger out in
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Tammy
I won this book from goodreads in a first-reads giveaway. After reading the synopsis I was looking forward to reading more! Now that I have read the entire book I have to say that it just wasn't for me. My dislike has nothing to do with the topic of incest, Christianity or the bad language. I was well aware of what this book was about before I decided to read it.

My biggest problem is that I was left wanting more, and not necessarily in a good way. The characters of Spin the Plate are interestin
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Sheena  at Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Jan 04, 2011 Sheena at Hot Eats and Cool Reads rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, abuse
This book is a great example of why you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. To me, the cover isn't all that catchy at first glance, but when you read the story it makes more sense. Spin the Plate is a very serious and thought provoking novel. Jo is a great main character and you really get the feeling like you know her. The author did an amazing job describing her and telling her story in less than 200 pages. As a child, she suffers horrible sexual abuse at the hands of her father, and as an a ...more
Jennifer Walker
Jan 13, 2012 Jennifer Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a reader, this is an interesting, absorbing story. As an editor, I see much potential if a developmental edit were done on it: much of the story is rushed, some descriptions and details are distracting rather than adding to the story, and some of the back story and timelines are a little confusing or contradictory. However, while working on these things would make the book better, it is quite readable and powerful as it stands.

Donna Anastasi's characters are rich and interesting, and the pict
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Catrina
Aug 10, 2010 Catrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Jo, a young woman who survived an incestuous relationship with her father. It was interesting to see how Jo worked through her relationship issues and how her life changed when she met Francis.
Melissa
Oct 05, 2010 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! I loved watching Jo's transformation from being a tough ass and not letting anyone into her life and then ending up in love with someone who was totally different then her. I could not put this book down! It was so good that I sat and read it in one night!
Chantal burke
Dec 10, 2010 Chantal burke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book looks amazing I am at the begining and really like it ..its a hard read having been abused myself but I love it I read it all almost in one sitting it was so good
Gary Butler
10th book read in 2012.

Number 163 out of 242 on my all time book list.

Follow the link below to see my video review:

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Kelly/yllektra
Nov 05, 2011 Kelly/yllektra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kelly/yllektra by: given by the author
Shelves: read-in-november
The book is 3 1/2 stars for me, it is a book worth reading, especially if you want to read a book about the consequences of child abuse and how one can overcome it.

The novel follows Julianne or Jo, a woman who has suffered sexual abuse at her father's hands as a child and preteen, till - due to several circumstances- she ended up in Juvie and gradually started to take control of her own life. She is working as a tattoo artist, one who is known for her unique ability to capture every client's wis
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Christina
I won the book Spin the Plate by Donna Anastasi from goodreads first-reads giveaway. Thank you Goodreads and Mrs. Anastasi!

I liked the premise of the book but I think the author needed to put a little more into it to make it believable. It's just me, I have that problem with all short stories and I usually avoid them. I did not realize this was a short story when I entered the giveaway. However I did enjoy it and I am glad that I read it. Faith isn't always defined in nice neat little packages
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Nancy
Nov 04, 2010 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The messages in the book are powerful and well-timed. The protagonist is a hard woman with a lot of emotional baggage due to sexual abuse by her father. She's developed a tough outer shell yet feeds her humanity by rescuing abused animals from the streets or inappropriate homes. By rescuing, I mean she puts the rates the animals well being far above the human well-being. Not that I blame her, I'm just disconcerted by her maverick approach. Basically, she likes to cause bodily harm.

Somewhat tang
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The Rainbow Zebra
Dec 07, 2010 The Rainbow Zebra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to The Rainbow Zebra by: Donna Anastasi, author
I am pleased that the author has asked me to review this book--looking forward to reading it!

Spin the Plate introduces us to Jo, a woman haunted by her abusive childhood, who looks for the lost and abandoned, both human and creatures. Private by nature but large in stature, she captures the attention of Francis, who appears not much more than a religious down-on-his luck admirer. He gradually earns her trust and in doing so, helps her change her life.

I was truly caught up in Jo's quiet world--he
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