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In this funny and touching novella, bestselling author Catherine McKenzie returns to the story of Amber Sheppard, It Girl and celebrity train wreck from McKenzie’s reader-favourite novel, Spin.

Life has been rough for starlet Amber since leaving rehab. She’s been two years sober, but no one seems to believe her -- not the gossip media, not casting agents, and most certainly
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Paperback, 142 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Catherine McKenzie (first published April 24th 2014)
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Claire While it can be read without reading "Spin," you will get more out of it if you have read the first book. The author does summarize connections, such …moreWhile it can be read without reading "Spin," you will get more out of it if you have read the first book. The author does summarize connections, such as the fight with Katie Sanford or Amber's connection to Henry, you will understand more of the context of these side relationships if you already know the characters.(less)

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Catherine McKenzie
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Super excited to announce this novella follow-up to Spin coming in April! ...more
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4 1/2 Stars

Spun is a novella, 2 hrs 47 mins (or 140 pgs), and is a spin-off of a previous book called “Spin”. I haven’t read Spin yet (but plan to now) and had no problem following this story. I wish all attached stories could manage to do this.

Amber is a former child star struggling to get her life together. She is the classic tale of child star turned wastrel. She fell in love with a bad boy, has been in and out of rehab for drug and alcohol addiction, has a strained relationship with her par
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Buggy
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: angsty New Adult fans
Opening Line: “This is how it starts. It’s the end of a long day, one of those craptastic ones you wish you could fast-forward past the bad parts…”

Holy hell this was good! Not what I was expecting and full of surprises; it's a love story and a tragedy. Its little girl lost and I wish it had been longer. Spun is (unfortunately) only a novella but jeez what a story Catherine Mackenzie weaves in the pages provided.

As a huge fan of Spin I was super excited to read this sequel which focuses on celebr
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Catherine McKenzie
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
There will be a paperback edition of SPUN too!
Becky
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the many months since her stint in rehab, actress Amber Sheppard has not had things easy. She's kept clean but none of that seems to matter. The paparazzi are always watching, waiting for her to fall back into her old ways. Even the casting agents doubt her. And then there's Connor Parks. After all they've been through - all the ups and downs, the fights, the breakups, the make ups - Amber just can't let him go. And so, after months of pleading via email and text, Amber breaks down and agrees ...more
Reeca Elliott
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook
I just love Catherine McKenzie! I have enjoyed all of her books!
This is a short sequel to the novel Spin. Spin was the first book by Catherine Mckenzie I ever read. I loved it!! Spun is just as fabulous. Except it is too SHORT!!
I love how the characters react to life’s inconsistencies. The emotions are so true to life. The reader just wants to help guide them along and keep them on the straight and narrow.

Five out of five stars

Kelly
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Spin, but this felt rushed and I didn’t get much from it. It was just okay.
Leah
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Catherine McKenzie sent me an email asking if I would like to review her new novella Spun – a sorta-sequel to her smash-hit novel Spin (really, if you haven’t read it, I recommend you do ASAP because it is a very special novel) there was no answer but yes. Of course! The idea of being back in the Spin/Spun universe sounded fantastic! And I was quite intrigued to hear from Amber, who we met in Spin. It’s been a while since I read Spin, so my memories were a bit hazy, though I have since purc ...more
Vivian
Amber Sheppard has lived her life in the public eye since she became the "It Girl" following her smash television show The Girl Next Door when she was only fifteen years old. She became emancipated at age sixteen and involved with her co-star, Connor Parks. It didn't help that Conner was eight years older than Amber or that they had a toxic and enabling relationship. They were in love. For a while Amber was able to move on after her television show and made several movies. She was even nominated ...more
Jennifer Rayment
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Good Stuff

Enjoyed the scenes between Amber and Kate. They have a complicated but intriguing relationship
The speech Henry gives at Connor's funeral was beautiful and honest
Fabulous insights about the paparazzi and the famous and wanting the rich and famous to fall hard
I am so glad Catherine wrote this novella, as I wanted to know more about Amber
Realistic character development. I was intrigued by Amber in Spin, but I fell in love with her in Spun
Wickedly funny, yet heartfelt and hones
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Kathryn Laceby
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

Spun traces the backstory of Amber Sheppard who appeared in McKenzie’s novel Spin. I read Spin a couple of years ago so I confess that I started reading Spun with very little in way of pre-conceived story line. Spun is a quick paced novella with more action and dialogue than one could normally expect from a hundred odd pages and I love McKenzie’s writing so I was pleased that she could also pack so much into such a short format.

Spun is both heart-breaking and
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Sue
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was sent this audiobook for free on behalf of the author, Catherine McKenzie, in return for an honest review. I’m actually very glad I had the opportunity to check this book out as it’s something I would never have discovered otherwise. I tend to be more of a horror fan or science/history geek, so this book was way outside of my usual genre.

I found this book to be very entertaining and well-written. Since Spun is classified as a novella, it was a very quick listen. However, I really got the fe
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Robyn
Catherine McKenzie does it again! She had me not wanting to put this novella down. I read it pretty much in one sitting. I have been a fan of Catherine's work since her first novel came out, which I read in the spring of 2010, a few short months after it was released. I've read all of Catherine's work, and thoroughly enjoyed every single novel & now novella, that Catherine has written. I was thrilled when I received an advanced reader's copy of Spun to read & review.

Spun is a sequel to Catherin
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Luanne Ollivier
I've been a fan of Catherine McKenzie's from her first book - Spin.

Spin tells the tale of Katie, a woman desperate to get a job at the music magazine - The Line. What will she do to get that job? Sacrifice her own principles? Lie? Go to rehab to spy on celebrity 'it' girl Amber Sheppard and spill the details to the public? She does indeed head to rehab.....(my review)

Spin is Katie's story, but McKenzie has just released Spun - a novella that catches up with Amber - and what happened after reh
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2014
"Spun" is the novella sequel to Catherine McKenzie's "Spin." This book focuses on Amber, the starlet that Katie meets in rehab in "Spin" and is told from Amber's perspective. This is definitely a book that you will appreciate more if you read the first book first. In the first book, you really get to know the characters whereas this book just jumps right in. I really enjoyed the first book so I was excited to read this book. I was definitely not disappointed.

The first book was told from Katie's
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Laurel Osterkamp
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Spun by Catherine McKenzie is a fabulous novella that packs the same punch as a full length novel. It’s a sequel of sorts, to the novel Spin, but the point of view switches from Katie to Amber.
Several years have passed and Amber has managed, for the most part, to stay clean. But she’s been reduced to starring in perfume commercials and working with pretentious directors who don’t realize that she’s actually smarter than they are. Meanwhile, the paparazzi are still after Amber and her parents onl
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Brooke
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
let me start off by saying, I'm moving in 3 days and I had no business blowing an entire day (that I could have been packing everything I own) reading this book, but but but -- I couldn't put it down, it was too good! So, yeah, I read this book over the course of 1 day (couldn't put it down) Start to finish the fastest book I've ever read. Also, if I'm not mistaken, the shortest book Catherine McKenzie's ever published (but I'm not complaining - I just always want more)
This book is very VERY ex
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Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

Oh this is just the kind of book I like - full of snark and sarcasm! This is a short Novella sequel to "Spin". I did not get a chance to read that one- BUT NOW I HAVE TO! I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. It was very chick-lit-ish, which I love. It didn't take me long to devour this little gem.

This story very much reminded me of the "LA Candy series" by Lauren Conrad - and I loved that series! I love reading about rich girls that act like brats, LOL. So unlike my ow
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Linda
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Life is rough for child star Amber Sheppard. As a six year old she told her mom she wanted to be in movies and she moved Heaven and hell to make it happen. As a teen she had a crush on a co-actor Connor pretending he was a sixteen year kid when he was really twenty-five when he played her boyfriend on a television sitcom. Then, it was the start of her down fall as he introduced to drugs and alcohol. Now sober and clean for two years after countless rehabs, she just wants the world to give her a ...more
Jennifer Vido
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In this follow-up novella to McKenzie’s sensational 2012 hit Spin, IT girl Amber Sheppard is two years sober and trying her best to get her life together. No one is buying her sobriety story despite it being for real this time. Even the gossip magazines are sabotaging her recovery by publishing damaging photos taken at the most inopportune times. When the love of her life, Connor Parks, tempts her to dip back into the partying pool, Amber must decide what price she is willing to pay to risk it a ...more
Brooke Berry
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't love this more! This story doesn't take place right after Spin left off, so there is a bit more story to tell other than the previous book from another perspective. Things change and life goes on, but does history repeat itself for Amber? How does she do outside of rehab? What happens to Camber (the cutesty name for her relationship with Connor Parks) and where does her career lead to? I am not usually a fan of novellas because I feel like if they are good, I want more in terms of sto ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
Nothing is better than finishing reading a great book and then getting to immediately revisit them again in another book or novella, as it is in this case! I finished reading Spin in nearly one sitting and then was able to grab Spun and get right back there with the characters I loved! What a great follow up. Sometimes follow ups can be a disappointment, but in this case it was a huge HIT!!! McKenzie has a way of forcing the reader to become invested and attached to her characters because she fl ...more
Freda Mans-Labianca
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really liked Spin. In fact, I couldn't wait to read more. The Spun comes out, this lil novella. I thought it would be about Kate, but it wasn't. This time you got a glimpse into the life of a celebrity. And not just any celebrity either. One that has lots to prove and the world to prove it to. Kudos to Amber for getting the point across and to Catherine for the short, yet, powerful story.
The only sad part for me was the ending. I really hope another story comes from this. Give us more about O
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Jennie
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I really like Spin and immediately followed it up with Spun. This is told from Amber’s POV. She’s a young starlet that took the wrong path as an adult. She finally has a better grip on life and is trying to move on and keep her career going. She’s been sober for a couple of years but no one believes her.

I like that they Spun off to tell Amber’s story. I wish it wasn’t just a novella. Her story felt incomplete and definitely felt a little rushed compared to Katie story in Spin. I enjoyed but def
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Susan Peterson
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Spun, a touching novella, is the sequel to the novel, Spin. In Spin, we meet Amber, a famous actress, when she's in rehab, after a long downward spiral of drugs and alcohol. Spun follows up with Amber 2 years later, still sober, and still trying to get her personal and professional life on track. When a tragedy occurs, Amber once again finds herself in an unwanted spotlight of paparazzi and rumors. This story is told with humor as well as heart. A very satisfying follow-up to the full-length nov ...more
Mandy Alexander
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received Spun through first reads in exchange for an honest review. This is just the kind of book I love! It is full of snark and sarcasm but it's just too short. This is a short Novell sequel to pain which I didn't read but absolutely have to read now. I enjoyed this book way more than I thought I would and it was a super quick read. I really love the story line and the characters. It's fun and sad at the same time but has amazing character development. ...more
Beca
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the book too quickly because it was a "Goodread". Seriously though, I loved the fact that part two was all about Amber. In Spin we just knew her as the out of control celebrity and nothing more. Spun gave you a reason as to why she was who she was and of course Connor played an important roll. I'm hoping that there might be a trilogy? Perhaps a story based on Connors life? ...more
Stacy
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I got this book as a First Read. I enjoyed this book and revisiting the characters from Spin. I thought it was a really good story, however I felt that it ended rather abruptly. Would have liked more resolution...
Lynne
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. super fun page turner. Amber is recovering and life isn't all that grand at the moment ... I especially enjoyed the ending. recommended read if you like Catherine's other books. Any "Spin" fans will not be disappointed. We even get to meet up with Kate and Henry again :0) ...more
Barbara White
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous follow-up to SPIN that also works as a stand-alone. The storyline was gloriously unexpected with a huge twist at the end of the first chapter. I loved rooting for Amber in her struggle to balance celebrity and sobriety with life. And the ending is perfect.
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Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill in History and Law, Catherine practiced law in Montreal for twenty years before retiring to write full time. An avid runner and skier, she's the author of numerous bestsellers including HIDDEN, FRACTURED, THE GOOD LIAR and I'LL NEVER TELL. Her works have been translated into multiple languages.

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