Monday 5 May 2014

Book ~ "Spun" (2014) Catherine McKenzie

From Goodreads ~ 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 not her spotlight-loving parents. With her friendships ruined by betrayal and her career at a standstill, Amber’s just trying to get her life back on track. It doesn’t help that her former love, movie star Connor Parks, keeps trying to draw Amber back in, not just to their relationship but to his hard-partying ways. 

One fateful night, Amber breaks down and agrees to join him on board his private jet as it readies for take-off -- a decision that will change her life forever and expose her to a whole new level of scrutiny and heartbreak.

Amber is 25 and a former child star whose career has stalled.  She'd met Connor when he was her love interest on her show when she was 15 (he was a bit older).  In real life, they were on again/off again and he was/is the love of her life.  They both went to rehab for drugs and alcohol two years ago.  Despite what the paparazzi reports, it stuck for Amber but not for Connor.

During one of the times they are off again, Connor is continuously texting Amber, asking her to meet him on his private jet.  She does but jumps off the plane just before it takes off.  Tragedy strikes that night and Amber is left dealing with the ramifications.

This is the third book I've read by this author and I liked it.  It focuses on Amber, who was a character in Spin.  I haven't read that book but there was enough background provided so this one works as a stand alone.  If you have read Spin, it gives you an update on Amber.  I liked the writing style and thought it flowed well.  It is written in first person in Amber's voice ... it was like Amber was talking to me and telling me her story.

If you are looking for a story about a young star who has been there/done that and came out alive on the other side, you should check it out.


Masshole Mommy said...

This sounds like an awesome book!

Susan Demeter said...

Sounds good and I love, love, love those shades on the cover :)

Knit and Purl Mama said...

I've read all of Catherine McKenzie's novels and love them all. Glad you enjoyed it too!