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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: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,134,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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I tore through this book in 2 days...it was that fun to read!
J. Monserrate
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."
BklynNicole
The characters were layered, had personalities, were well thought out.
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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 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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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 Gracie on December 21, 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mel on May 15, 2010
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The book started with a great opening. Setting Taylor up for a disaster with the drug bust. It was great! Gets you hooked immediately, as you need to read the start of the story and eventually get up to where the book started from.

It had great promise, Taylor peeing on his hands and then blow drying Jennies hair, that was gross and pretty genius! I expected more of those shenanigans, but I was disappointed.

First off, I was annoyed by how many times the book had to describe Taylor as being a "midwesterner" after the first 20 times the point was lost. Yeah, ok we know he's meant to be a country bumpkin, you can portray that in more ways than just repeating over and over "I'm from the Midwest".

The book also started off on a few tangents that went nowhere, and left me feeling like: "why bother?" Mia and Adams past relationship is one. Sandy and Taylors one night stand is another.

For Taylor to just push the Adam and Mia thing under the carpet was a little chickenish for me. And then to say at the end of the novel that Adam and Taylor were "like brothers" give me a break.

Taylors drug use in the middle of the book was predictable and again, it went nowhere. I was expecting redemption when he got the call about Ethel- as in "YES! he will see he's being a dick, get off the drugs, confront Mia, and start his own firm, meanwhile understanding that family values are what he wants the most" but no.

Even when Alison figures out he's high at the club, she's "disgusted" by this and his behaviour, but theres' no confrontation, just a mumbled "you're making a pregnant woman walk to the car on her own, you pig" and that's it.

Plus, we don't know if he continues to use drugs or not.
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