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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312544367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312544362
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,543,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The latest acid tale of people who sell their souls to the devil who wears Prada comes from a former New York publicist. Debut novelist Rave plunges his naïve Midwestern hero, Taylor Green, into the sweet-and-sordid world of New York publicist Jennie Weinstein, whose gift for spin has elevated her to the top rung of her profession. This, apparently, means endless nightclub openings, coke-snorting, sexual escapades, personal betrayals and celebrity gossip-mongering. Despite being used as Jennie's flunky in situations that range from illegal to embarrassing, Taylor is hooked. In a series of incidents that entertain through sheer outrage, he alternately succumbs and stands up to his boss while losing much, though not all, of his integrity, and the ultimate battle between them takes on truly hellish proportions. Taylor's awareness of his own susceptibility adds at least an inch of depth, in contrast to Jennie's unrelieved depravity. With its inside views of a corrupt yet glamorous lifestyle and its witty tone, the book is sure to please fans of the sub-genre.
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"With its inside views of a corrupt yet glamorous lifestyle and its witty tone, the book is sure to please fans of the sub-genre." --Publishers Weekly

Spin by Robert Rave is a delightfully snarky and hilariously biting peek into the world of high-stakes public relations.  With scathing wit and a gimlet eye towards celebrity culture, Rave serves up a delicious tale of rivalry, revenge, and redemption.  I adored Spin and didn't want to see it end.  You need two things in your beach bag this summer - sunblock and Spin.”  -- Jen Lancaster, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty in Plaid

“Robert Rave takes you on a behind-the-scenes walk on the dark-side of all the grit, vanity and backstabbing of the PR world and in the end you will be left ‘Spinning’.” -- Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper, New York Times bestselling authors of Celebutantes

"Robert Rave offers an X-ray look into the wicked perversions that make up the celebrity PR world.  Dirty, sexy, funny.  And compulsively readable." --J.J. Salem, author of Tan Lines

"Rave, a former entertainment publicist, delivers an impressive debut novel about the dirty world of celebrity PR." --Examiner.com 


More About the Author

Robert Rave, a former New York City-based publicist, has worked on numerous public relations campaigns and high-profile special events in the lifestyle, fashion, nightlife, and entertainment industries. After retiring from the business of "spin," Rave started writing full time and currently resides in Los Angeles.

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The characters were layered, had personalities, were well thought out.
Halle
If you're looking for a book that will keep you reading and that you won't want to put done until you're finished----pick up Robert Rave's "Spin."
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It was very fast paced, and also has some interesting scenes that made laugh.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michelle K. Malsbury on August 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
August 2009 Review for Bookpleasures
Reviewer-Michelle Kaye Malsbury, BSBM, MM
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Robert Rave, author of Spin, was previously a publicist based out of New York City. He has worked extensively in the field of public relations and helped pull together many high-brow events from political campaigns and fundraisers to fashion shows and nightclub openings. The vast majority of those events involved an array of entertainment personalities and/or sports professionals. This is his first novel, but I hope not his last. For more information about the author please log on to his personal web site [...].

Taylor Green and Jennie Weinstein are the two most prominent characters of Spin, but not the only two to totally captivate and entertain you. Taylor hails from the Midwest and is the product of a single parent family where his mother worked almost non-stop to keep the family going and his grandmother, Ethel, raised him. He is greener than his name implies (in so many ways), but also a quick study which so works to his advantage. He lands in New York City working for a friend of his grandmothers' in a small-time, two person, public relations firm that deals primarily in small-time, ho-hum affairs.

Taylor's grandmother, Ethel, has told him tales about New York City and all of the glitterati there. Clearly she was more than enamored with New York. Ethel had once high hopes of making it into the big time as a dancer or actress on Broadway, but fell short of making her mark there. Now it's Taylors' chance to live her dream and make his mark on that stellar city. One day at an unlikely venue Taylor is offered his dream job---working with Jennie Weinstein Public Relations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gracie on December 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Spin was entertaining and put the reader right into the PR scene in New York-having lived there, I really felt the author's connection to the city. Many story lines woven together and a great book to read if you have an interest in celebrity mags or the job of a publicist. I am agree with another reviewer that it was nice to have a male's voice as a lead character telling the story. Looking forward to see where novel #2 will take us!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on November 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Spin was probably my favorite book of 2009 hands down. If you love reading US Weekly and Perez Hilton you'll absolutely get a kick out of reading Spin. It's a quick, fun read but definitely different from other novels of the "chick lit" genre. The fact that the protaganist is male sets Spin apart right away (nice change to see a male point of view). I also loved that you never know whether or not Taylor will choose the right path - even the ending leaves things a bit open.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Romi M on October 10, 2009
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I read a lot of chick lit, some good, some *yawn*, but this book (beyond being refreshing because it came from a male perspective), had a vibrancy to it that I couldn't resist...not that the events were so sunny and happy...hardly, sometimes they were horrifying, mortifying, soul-crushing, and though I cringed for the characters many times, I still wanted more.

The author did a great job pulling in the reader from the start. The beginning chapter actually placed the reader deep into the story. It was like we were kind of "joining in progress", which made it all the more intriguing. The main character quickly wound up in the MOST precarious of situations, right from a few pages in. Then the next chapter started at the beginning, as we worked our way forward to how he wound up in that horrifying moment. It almost had a cinematic feel to it (I wonder if there will be a movie!).

From there every secret impulse to learn about the worlds of celebs was fulfilled. We were invited deep inside this secret world of back-scratching on top of back-STABBING, and who wouldn't love a bird's eye view of that?

Overall, it was the book that kept me from sleeping on the commuter train, as I "train read" this book faster than I've read any other.

So for a fast, fun and exciting read, I highly recommend it to anyone!

-Romi Moondi
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SV on October 20, 2013
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I am shocked by the other good reviews. That is what made me buy this badly written piece of crap in the first place. I was looking forward to something along the lines of The First Assistant and The Second Assistant. I enjoy my share of chick lit. But this? This was so bad... horrible writing, under developed characters, too little space devoted to the main character's relationships. I mean, there was no depth. No interesting stories. Just flighty incidents here, vague series of events there, and that's it - the book is over! Save your money, buy something else!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on September 13, 2013
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Must have ran out of time when writing the ending. Ok but not great beginning and middle if looking for very light reading and like ny stories
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diva Clutching Her Purse Tighly on October 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
from the first chapter of Taylor letting urine get on his hands so he could rub it on his bosses hair before he flat ironed it, until the point where his boss called the hotel security to alert them he had coke in the room safe I knew this book was going to be funny in a sick twisted screwed up way and I liked it.

At first I assumed Taylor was a girl since I had never really read a book where the poor down trodden fresh off the Greyhound from Iowa with NY dreams story being told from a male point of view. In all the other books it was always some poor girl who was forced to make choices going against her midwestern "values" well until her feet were wrapped in Jimmy Choos and not those Steve Maddens she was used to wearing.

What I liked about this book was he gave it as good as his boss dished it out and even though at some points he may have felt slightly and I mean slightly bad about his moves he didnt let them deter him from his dreams. In a perfect world everyone would choose their BF/GF over fame and "do the right thing" but always the right thing isnt what everyone does.

Kudos to the author for not getting all sappy and simple!
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