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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Katie Sandford is about to turn 30 and land her dream job writing about music at Spin magazine. When she parties a little too hard the night before her interview, she makes a fool of herself the next morning when she arrives late, still drunk, and ready to bow down to the porcelain goddess. Though she blows the interview, she’s given a second chance when asked to go undercover to get the scoop on a starlet who’s just entered rehab.

Katie can handle 30 days in rehab if it means the thing that she wants most in all of the world be waiting for her when she leaves–a job at Spin. Rehab is harder than Katie imagined, however; she’s coming to the realization that just maybe she needs to be there just as much as everyone else.

Spin is Canadian author Catherine McKenzie’s debut novel, and it’s a gem. With just the right balance of drama and comedy, Spin kept me entertained into the late hours of the night, wanting to find out if Katie would finally admit to her drinking problem, write the article on actress Amber Sheppard, and land the guy of her dreams.

Katie is so ridiculous at times, either saying the wrong thing or doing something incredibly stupid. I should have found her very annoying, but the truth is that I saw just a tiny bit of my younger self in her. I felt her pain, and her desire to become someone greater. Catherine McKenzie writes flawed characters that tug at the heart and make you question the choices you’ve made in your own life.

If you like women’s literature, but are looking for something with a bit more substance than those fluffier reads, you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy of Spin. Catherine McKenzie’s second book, Arranged, will be out in May 2012.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow Paperbacks. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.