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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  42 reviews
An aspiring teenage DJ must learn how to navigate life when people find out that she's the daughter of a famous singer.

Fifteen-year-old Delilah “Dizzy” Doucette lives with her dad and brother above their vintage record store, The Vinyl Trap. She’s learning how to spin records from her brother’s best friend, and she’s getting pretty good. But behind her bohemian life, Dizz
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Published August 10th 2019 by Dundurn
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This is the third book by Colleen Nelson that I've read, and I can now say with certainty that Nelson's writing style is one I enjoy. While the two before this one had been hit or miss with me story-wise, the writing is consistently beautiful, and it always flows well.
But Spin is by far my favorite Colleen Nelson book. The story focuses on family and music, and it's so beautifully executed. All the characters are well developed, the relationships set very dynamic and organic. I enjoyed how the p
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in advance of its publication in exchange for an honest review. Spin was a very quick read that I enjoyed quite a lot. It is about a girl trying who dreams of being a DJ.
She has a constant heartache hanging over her head regarding the loss of her mother in her life. The book is incredible well written. It is the first book I've read by this author and I am interested enough to seek out anything else that she has written. Dizzy is a pretty u
Manon the Malicious
*3.75 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Delilah "Dizzy" Doucette lives with her father and brother since her superstar mother left them when she was not even a year old. No one knows who her mother is but she manages. Between school, friends, her DJ training and working at her father music store, she keeps busy. Until her mother has her first concert in their city in 10 years. Now, all she can think about is her and how she needs to meet her.

I liked a lot
The Reading Raccoon
Thank you Edelweiss and the publisher for this review copy of Spin.
I enjoyed this story of 15 year old Dizzy and her family. It is another one of those books that starts with a simple but interesting premise. What if your mother was famous and didn’t want to have anything to do with you?
Although the POV’s were a little simplistic and straightforward writing wise (I thought Lou’s could probably use the most work) I appreciated seeing how all three family members dealt with the feelings or loss
Molly - Baltimore Bibliophile
First off, this is definitely a type of contemporary that I enjoy - but is a new area for me. This book held strong similarities to On The Come Up by Angie Thomas. Musically inclined girl has a famous parent and she is trying to get her start in the music industry, and of course drama ensues. There were definitely enough differences to not feel like a carbon copy book.

Dizzy Doucette knows her mother is famous, but has been forbidden to tell her friends. Her father did not want her growing up wit
Caitie (caitiegirlreads)
Thoroughly entertaining, once the story got going I couldn’t put it down!

EDITED to include full review.

I was excited about this book from the start! (I mean look at the cover!) Plus, books about music combine my two loves (reading and music) and they are a match made in heaven. Colleen's writing kept reminding me of Nicola Yoon, I don't know if it was the first person narrative that switched from character to character or the brightness and ease of the prose.

It took a few chapters for the confl
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Spin centers around Delilah "Dizzy" Doucette, an aspiring DJ living above her family's vintage record store. Dizzy's love of music stems from her parents. Her father plays the saxophone while her mother is a singer. However, her mother isn't just any old singer. She's the famous Georgia Waters. She's also the mother who left her family years ago for stardom. Leaving behind her husband and children who continue to remain a secret to the public. When Dizzy's big family secret is out, her
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction, arcs
Fifteen-year-old Delilah “Dizzy” Doucette lives with her dad and brother above their vintage record store, The Vinyl Trap. She’s learning how to spin records from her brother’s best friend, and she’s getting pretty good. But behind her bohemian life, Dizzy and her family have a secret: her mom is the mega-famous singer Georgia Waters. When this secret is revealed to the world, Dizzy’s life spins out of control. She must decide what is most important to her — the family she has or the family she ...more
Megan Cooke
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this! The characters were very likable and easy to relate to. I think the authour's decision to write the book from not only Dizzy's perspective, but from her father and brother's as well, was a good one. It added more depth to the story and gave me a chance to see the events from different perspectives. Every once in a while, I read a book where I like the characters so much that I'm sad when it ends. Spin is definitely one of these books! ...more
Lara Ryan
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
I received an advanced reader's copy from from Dundurn via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Spin is not only a coming of age story for Dizzy, but it is also a strong young female empowerment story. Dizzy has grown up with only her older brother and her dad. All three have gone through their lives, struggling to find themselves, knowing that their mom intentionally left them to pursue her signing career. All while keeping it a secret that the biggest artist in the world should be a par
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 stars - this was cute. Starts off a little slow but I got interested in the characters a little way into it. It’s a shifting perspective (dad, and 2 different kids) which seemed off putting at first but I see why it was needed to get the plot where it was going. The main character is a 15 year old DJ named Dizzy, who at times is super frustrating and makes some questionable responsibility decis
Madeline Nixon
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had so much heart in it. I loved how family oriented it was and how it dealt with what it means to be a mother or father. I also loved how it was also a coming of age novel and how that shaped Lou and Dizzy in different ways. I just wish it was a bit longer, dealing with the fallout of the Georgia situation more, and that specific social media wasn’t mentioned so heavily as that tends to date the work quite quickly. But I’m always here for some good Canadian YA!
Thanks to netgalley for an ebook copy of Spin before publication date.
Rating- 4 stars.

I loved the cover of this book with the main character depicted with a mass of curly hair.

While I was reading I pictured famous mother Georgia to sound like Adele, look like Carrie Underwood, with natural curls like Zendaya.

Dizzy is a teenager with musical parents who lives above a record store with her father and older brother, Lou. Having a DJ deck in store, her musical abilites soon shine, where she creates
Daniela - The Bookish Living
Delilah “Dizzy” Doucette is just another regular teenager. She lives with her brother Lou and her dad above their music store, The Vinyl Trap. But Dizzy has an amazing talent, she can spin. And she does it marvelously. Everything would be perfect if only her mom could be with them.

What happened to her? Well, she’s no other than famous singer Georgia Waters and she left her home to achieve a career in the music industry when both Dizzy and Lou were little. Now, fourteen years later, she is coming
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Spin was a wonderfully fluffy novel about love, family, friendship, and music. I loved how Nelson didn't stay in Dizzy's POV but also explored Lou and Ray's, however, because of this the switch in perspectives happened often and was confusing sometimes. Yet most of the confusion is avoided because the three all have very distinct voices.

The set up of Spin was great, with setting and backstory firmly in place. I especi
This was my first NetGalley read in AGES!

It was certainly a good way to restart my reviewing career.

Spin is a wonderful, heartfelt, refreshing story about family.

It is not about romance and teenage angst. No ridiculous mean girls and high school drama. Just one family, trying to find themselves despite their one missing piece.

Each family member was an equal part of the story. The story wasn't about Dizzy and her spinning career. Nor was it about her brother and his longing for knowledge and an e
Ampersand Inc.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: laureen-s-reads
Colleen Nelson has done it again. She’s written a terrific young adult novel with spirit and sass. I really enjoyed reading this novel. The story is told by three characters. The chapters are short and the reader gets to know the characters well: Dizzy, is a 15 year-old aspiring DJ, her older brother Lou, and her dad, Ray. They all live above Dad’s vinyl record store. For years the family has kept a secret. Dizzy and Lou’s mother is the famous rock singer, Georgia Waters. She left the family whe ...more
Seema Rao
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dynamic YA book about a young girl trying to live her dream to be a DJ while dealing with the loss of her mother (though her mother isn't dead). This book is so well done. The writing is almost musical in its cadence. Plus the protagonist, Dizzy, is super cool. Reading this you want to be here. Along with the strong writing, I appreciated the way this book touched on the stresses of social media for teens without turning it into an afterschool special. Very good book.

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Children always think that a missing parent, one whom they have never met, is somehow magical. That if they only met them, if they only knew them, that their life would be complete.

This is how Dizzy is. She feels if she could just get to know her mother, who is a famous singer, but who also has abandoned her, and wants nothing to do with her, or her family, that if she could just get to see her mother and talk to her, that it would all be great.

Of course, it wouldn't be much of a story if it all
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spin is a coming-of-age novel about 15-year-old Delilah “Dizzy” Doucette, whose father owns a record store and whose mother happens to be Georgia Waters, the most famous musician on Earth. Except Dizzy isn't allowed to tell anyone about her mother, who left when Dizzy was one year old and has only visited once,

There is no shortage of fictional randomly-running-into-and-or-related-to-a-celebrity stories, but I greatly enjoyed Spin. The chapters are short and alternate between Dizzy, her brother
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes suspense stories
It was an incredible book it gave me so much excitement. However, I believe it shouldn't have ended as it did. The whole "spin girl spin" is overrated and makes for a weird cliff hanger. It should have ended with Georgia showing up after the show and claiming Dizzy as her daughter. That would give the reader the happy ending effect they would want with this book. But overall the book is a masterpiece so good job on making it. So for such a masterpiece, I will rate it accordingly. ...more
Dec 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3.5 STARS

"Slipping from my fingers, you leave / we'll meet again, I have to believe."

I'm slowly making my way through all of my Netgalley ARC's from last year and this one was up next on my list. I'm not sure why I requested this one, maybe I was just in the mood for some contemporary with music as a big part of the storyline. If that's what I wanted then I definitely got it.

Spin is mainly Dizzy's story. She's a fifteen year old who dreams of becoming a DJ star but has always felt a hole in he
Cameron F.
I was really hoping I’d love this one, but sadly, I didn’t.

I mean, I love the aspect of DJing and the concept of music and celebrity parents. Everything about the book was pretty solid, a 4 star read... however... well... some things stood out to me that made me lower it.

Firstly, did anybody else find Lou sweet but also, slightly creepy at the same time? I mean, around the start of the story (if you do not want to know anything about even the slightest bit of the story, skip to the next paragrap
Annette Jordan
A contemporary young adult book about a young girl with dreams of becoming a DJ , while hiding a secret that could make or break her dreams. Delilah " Dizzy" Doucette has grown up surrounded by music, her father owns a record store and her brother's best friend has been teaching her how to spin records. When she agrees to open for a guest DJ at her dad's store , the experience and the response she gets shows her that her dream of doing it for a living might be a possibility after all.. Everythin ...more
Tamara Morning
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Title: Spin
Author: Colleen Nelson
Genre: YA
Rating: 4 out of 5

Dizzy Doucette lives with her brother and dad above their vintage record store. She’s learning how to spin records, and realizes she has talent. But the one thing that haunts her every day is thoughts of her mega-famous singer mother who abandoned them when she was a baby. And no one knows her mother’s identity, as keeping that secret has always been a part of Dizzy’s life.

Struggling to deal with thoughts of her mother, Dizzy incorpora
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was a good book. I enjoyed the music element. However, I didn’t enjoy the book being told from different characters’ perspectives. It wasn’t done well and I didn’t see the point. I enjoyed Dizzy’s character, her bond with her best friend, and her love for music. I think she goes through an important journey that was something that she just had to do. Although this wouldn’t
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
How do you figure out who you are when one of your parents is the most famous singer in the world? Dizzy and Lou live with their Dad above his record store. Dizzy at only 15 is becoming a well known DJ. But Dizzy and Lou share a secret, their Mom is the Georgia Waters! I enjoyed this coming if age story. I loved how music played such an important part of their lives. The author captured teen feelings perfectly.
Nerdy Housewifey
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spin was a very well written contemporary ya about a girl named Dizzy. Her mother is a famous singer that has never been involved in her life. Even though her father and brother are resigned to this, Dizzy still hopes to one day have a relationship with her. Again very well written and aside from a slow point or two a really solid read.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Spin, we follow the alternating POVs of Dizzy—an aspiring DJ, Lou—Dizzy’s older brother who is struggling with his self-identity, and Ray—Dizzy’s dad, as they learn how to deal with the pieces left behind by their mother/SO when she left them years ago to pursue her singing career.

I loved the family dynamics, the little things/ moments shared between Dizzy, Lou and Ray. Each POV has something to offer, I wasn’t rushing to finish a chapter because I didn’t like the narrator. Although Dizzy ca
2.3 stars. this was really good in the middle but the beginning was slow and the ending was anticlimatic. i liked the characters but dizzy wasn't my favorite. i adored lou and found his story to be the most interesting! overall a good read ...more
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Colleen Nelson is the author of YA fiction books Finding Hope (2016), 250 Hours (2015), The Fall (2013) and Tori by Design (2011). 'The Fall' and 'Tori by Design' both won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. 'The Fall' was also nominated for the White Pine Award. Currently living in Winnipeg with her husband, two young sons and three grown step-children, Colleen manages to eke out time to ...more

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