Sunday, January 26, 2014

Spin by Catherine McKenzie

Genre:  Adult Contemporary

Description (taken from Catherine McKenzie's website):
1. Go to rehab
2. Befriend/spy on “It Girl”
3. Write killer exposé
4. Land dream job
Piece of cake!

Katie Sandford has just gotten an interview at her favourite music magazine, The Line. It’s the chance of a lifetime. So what does she do? Goes out to celebrate — and shows up still drunk at the interview. No surprise, she doesn’t get the job, but the folks at The Line think she might be perfect for another assignment for their sister gossip rag. All Katie has to do is follow It Girl Amber Sheppard into rehab. If she can get the inside scoop (and complete the 30-day program without getting kicked out), they’ll reconsider her for the job at The Line.

Katie takes the job. But things get complicated when real friendships develop, a cute celebrity handler named Henry gets involved, and Katie begins to realize she may be in rehab for a reason. Katie has to make a decision — is publishing the article worth everything she has to lose?

This quirky chick-lit contemporary is proof that even as adults, we still have no idea what we're doing with ourselves in the future and the now.  We still have imperfections to work on and aren't as clean-cut as some people seem to think.  And there's more swear words, haha...

Katie is living the life, well she thought it would be much more glamorous than it really is.  She's a struggling writer who left home after graduating high school and moved to the city.  While trying to land the dream job, she acts like a 25-year0old with her friends and tends to drink a little too much.  While failing to land the dream job, a gossip magazine sees potential in her.  They'll throw her in rehab, the same one that famous Amber Sheppard is in.  After spying on her and writing the expose of the year, they'll offer her her dream job.  Only problem is, Katie finds rehab brings the truth out of people.  And when you're laid bare in front of others, it's easy to pick up feelings for the people you're trying to write about.

This book was cute.  We see Katie's problems manifest, watch her deny these problems, and try to work through them.  There's a lot of humor, many moments to relate to Katie, and a touch of romance.  I really enjoyed the incorporation of music and movies into this novel.  I think the best thing I could relate it too is Bridget Jones' Diary but without the obnoxious weigh-ins at every chapter.

It's a quick read for someone looking for a happy-go-lucky one that does deal with real issues like friendship, love, and addiction.  Plus, it can be a nice breather from young adult novels if you're like me (I tend to read a lot of young adult).

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