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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Still adjusting to life with his new stepfamily, complete with annoying twin sisters, seventeen-year-old Jack Hansen thought his Christmas Eve dinner couldn't get anymore complicated - until celebutante Cherie Belle walks into the room. The niece of Jack's new stepfather, Jack had no idea the young starlet was even in the family. But his initial excitement quickly fades wh ...more
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Published August 22nd 2013 by Jacqueline Levine
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A rich, spoilt, diva, running wild with emotions in her stardom, and a kind prince, always rushing to her rescue- might sound way too cheesy! But once you start reading, Spiral (Spiral Series #1) by Jacqueline Levine, you realize that it is not that kind of typical rebellious princess and the out-of-the-league guy falling in love romantic story, instead the story has got depth, which talks about how a young girl copes with stardom along with her parent's death and how this caring guy is not alw ...more
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! I loved the family dynamics that the author set up as well as the realism in the battles, the fights and attitudes of the characters. There is a great story line and plot to the book, and of course the ending leaves you asking what is next for them? I feel like i could have been a part of the family if I was asked :)
I love that the book is going to be a series and can't wait until the next book is out!!! I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast read that y
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
What I liked: This story was dynamic and kept me entertained throughout the entire time I read it. Jack was a character who, while pressured to try and be the perfect son by his mother, is clearly someone who does what he can to protect the people he cares about. It shows very early on with his sister and it shows over and over again as the story goes on with him protecting different people. Cherie is different from him in several ways, but the connecting point between the two is they understand ...more
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book!!!! From the first page I was sucked into this little world of Jack and Cherie and loved every minute of it. I enjoyed Jack's "crazy" family, and I thought it was very relatable to how most families are now a days. I enjoyed seeing Jack and Cherie mature individually and also together. I also enjoyed seeing gossip from the celebrity's point of view, and how most of the time fame really is a curse not a blessing.

I can't wait to see what is next for these two!!!

I wo
Judith Paolercio
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed every minute reading this book. I was brought into the lives of the characters and hooked from the beginning. I felt Jack's frustrations and feelings for Cherie. Cherie's character was true to the image of today's TV idols and I was happy to see her finally in the arms of Jack.

This book will grab you from page one. I give this a five star rating. Well done!!
Angela Hankinson
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good book couldn't put it down ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Originally reviewed on Pages Of Forbidden Love

Whether you care to admit it or not I am sure you have seen/read some piece of news about a celebrity getting a little (okay a lot) crazy. Maybe it was quick and unavoidable, a magazine you stared at too long in the check out isle or a channel you couldn’t change fast enough. Then again maybe you took the time to actually read/watch it. Either way we all know it isn’t difficult to find some piece of news about the latest celebrity gone wild. It is e
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
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I'm amazed at how long the romance in Spiral continues to drag on when it was evident that it couldn't. Honestly, half of me wants to cry in frustration at the unreasonable romance and the other half just wants to sigh in adoration at the sweet ending. But the reviewer part of me takes over and tells myself to "man up." That ending, although quite perfectly done, did not match up with a few events in this boo
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
The traumas of being a celebrity:

‘Spiral’ by Jacqueline Levine follows two teenagers, Cherie and Jack, as they find themselves thrown together by tragedy. But with Cherie’s stardom and Jack’s troubled, angry past, the relationship is not a straight-forward boy-meets-girl and the two find themselves at the mercy of the media, in particular ‘Dirterazzi’. And if that wasn’t enough, the two are also having to adjust to Cherie’s guardians being Jack’s mum and step-dad… so they are having to live toge
J. Dominique
It's really 4.5 stars, but five stars simply because I enjoyed this book.

The story is simple enough. Our protagonist, Jack, finds out he has a step-cousin who is a celebrity. Cherie is everything he expected her to be: rotten, spoiled, a brat, and determined to make his life miserable. But he can't deny the attraction he feels to her. When his whole family picks up their lives and moves to California to support Cherie, Jack doesn't realize how much that will change his life. He's pulled into th
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

When I first got this book in the mail, I was eager to read it. So eager that I wanted to move the book up my reading list. (But I didn't move it up because I don't make exceptions to my rules. Especially not unless someone other than me starts sending me emails to read the book. It didn't happen with this book, unfortunately).

Spiral (is a nice change because, for once I'm not reading sci-fi or something like that) is a wonderfully written book. I totally
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely a guilty pleasure read for me. While I don't usually follow celebrity gossip websites or magazines, I have to admit the synopsis on this book made me curious enough to pick it up. It reads like a gossip magazine in several ways which I enjoyed. The excerpts from the paparazzi magazine in the chapters really brought the story along for me. It gave a break to some of the teenage angst of the main characters.

Not everyone can accurately depict some of the trials and tribulations
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, ya
I opted to review Spiral because I have read books about teen/young celebrities in the past and really enjoyed them. Spiral did not disappoint and was a fun, guilty pleasure read, much like the gossip magazines.

While this is billed as a young adult novel, I would say this is for older young adults. I wouldn’t want my kids reading this before 16 years of age but that’s just my opinion. I also do feel that this crosses over very well into adult fiction.

I was a bit confused at the beginning before
Charlotte Gerber
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, ya
The story starts out normal enough – a family having a holiday dinner. That is the only thing normal from thereon. The writer takes us on a rollercoaster ride that had me shaking my head and feeling sorry for every young girl that has ever desired to become a Hollywood starlet. Incidents throughout the novel are reminiscent of the dirty secrets and indiscretions that are fodder for the scandal sheets. Many of the chapters in the book begin with just that – ripped from the headlines dirt on the l ...more
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved
Review originally published at Michelle Abbott's Blog

I seem to be on a roll lately, the last few books I've read have all been 5 stars and Spiral continued that trend. I liked the family dynamics and the realistic squabbles that occurred when children from three different families were forced to live together. Jack had to become the man of the family when his father left. He was great with his younger siblings but inside he was still hurting and needing attention. He was a real gentleman who jus
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first I have read from Jacqueline Levine and have to say though it was slow at first it piqued my interest. What got me was that Jack Hansen is not your usual hero from other books. No one gives him a choice they just make him do it and yet through all this Jack still is just a teenager wanting a life of his own. At a young age he was thrust into adulthood being the man of the house never having a life of his own. Now Cherie Belle is another person he must protect even though his fee ...more
Beena Khan
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Spiral is a well-written novel, and it was indeed realistic to the actual Hollywood life. This book is mainly about rumors, scandals, and heartbreak. It does give a glimpse of hollywood into people's personal lives.

I'm not a huge fan of cliffhangers because then I would have to wait for the next installment in the series :( I did enjoy reading this book beginning to the end. It's an easy novel that I was hooked on from reading since the beginning. It was a bit complicated at times, but I did lik
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this book a lot. I actually enjoyed it. It was twisted and all the stereotypes of a YA book were almost gone.

The reason I gave it four stars is because the first 50 pages started out very boring for me. It was tedious but it had to be done to set up the story plot.

The characters were enticing. I loved Cherie's vulnerability and the Jack's comfort. The falling in love part was defiantly not insta-love which gave it a bonus point on my scale and it kind of grew to become a really good lo
Leanne Michele
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Spiral is a light-read, but it is entertaining and fun. We get to see the story unfold through the eyes of 17 year-old Jack Hansen. Throughout the book there are also paparazzi articles that go with the story, that actually leave you wondering how much of a celebrity's life is fabricated for them by those around them. While the story revolves around Jack falling for his step-dad's niece, there isn't any weirdness or awkwardness. It's a cute story about young love. It's a story that is well-writt ...more
Taylor-anne Walker
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
honestly, this is one of the best books i have read all year, its well written, funny and gripping. Whatever you do, don't read it before going to bed or before doing anything important... 1 chapter literally becomes 10 chapters! ...more
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Born and raised in New York, Jacqueline Levine is a new Indie author on the block. After seven years in the classroom, she decided to turn a play written for an after-school drama class into a full-length novel. Her experience teaching and mentoring young teens, combined with a guilty pleasure of reading celebrity news, inspired the themes and many of the scenes in the tale of a starlet's fall fro ...more

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