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Spin Cycle Paperback – October 9, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
Spin Cycle tells the story of budding stand-up comic, Rachel Katz. She's had all sorts of problems: her husband is gay, her fiance is a compulsive neat-freak dentist, her 10-year-old son has an unnatural obsession with Barbra Streisand, and her mother is acting in a most unlikely way. On the plus side, she has her comedy; her bohemian pregnant friend, Shelley; and her job cleaning house for oddcouple of the year, celebrities Otto and Xantia Marx. Enter Matt Clapton. When the Marx's washing machine goes on the blink, sexy repairman Matt comes to the rescue. Suddenly, Rachel finds herself in quite a predicament -- if her fiance is off working in South Africa for a month, is it okay to indulge herself in matters of a sexual nature? Especially since her fiance hasn't given her the time of day in weeks?
I really enjoyed this book. It has some good humor, although not necessarily knee-slapping. The stand-up comedy bits are funny, though, and I spent many moments reciting the jokes to my husband in my best stand-up comedian voice. I will admit to the storyline being tied up too neatly, and it is horribly predictable, but for readers who don't mind such things, Spin Cycle will be another great novel on your bookshelf.
Rachel, a struggling stand-up comedian, was in the midst of a so-so relationship with a dentist when she met Matt, the washing machine repairman. And the story takes off from there, with parents whom she suspects are swingers in their "old age," an ex-husband who left her for another man, a son who is wildly in love with Barbra Streisland, a comedy competition that soured because someone stole her material .... and falling in love with Matt. It is an entertaining love story ... one that will linger in your mind after reading it.
Sue Margolis is known for her racy books injected with British humor, and this book doesn't disappoint!! I can't wait to read more of her books!! She is one British author I am keeping on the top of my list. If it's a gray and rainy day outside, then I'll be sure to pick up one of her books ~~ she's entertaining enough to keep the blahs away for a few hours!
This book is predictable and not in a good way, it is not just the end the whole book has a flat line from start to finish.
DO NOT GO FUTHER IF YOU STILL WANT TO READ THE BOOK
An elderly respectable couple doing a sex-help video??? Interior designers that hate modern design and only like traditional (and tacky) décor??? These lame explanations truly annoyed me.
Plus when the main part of a story is a person cheating in a couple it really annoys me when the author makes the other party cheat as well so that everything is solved!! Not realistic… too easy… in this book the end of a two years relationships and engagement takes place in a few pages of respective pleasantries. Boring.
(Also not a “clean” Chick-Lit)
Margolis tries so hard to be funny and hip and snarky, but her parade of one-liners is just no substitute for good writing. Her characters lack any depth and are stereotypes of themselves; the plot is held together by ridiculous and contrived coincidence; and the graphic sex scenes just seem a little too bodice-ripper for a book aiming for the urban hipster crowd. Scene after scene feels like it was intended for a Seinfeld-esque sitcom but ended up on the cutting room floor. For me, an insurmountable flaw in a book is self-consciousness; if the book doesn't engage me, make me care about the characters and make me care what happens to them, well, why bother? And that says it all about "Spin Cycle": why bother?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
...that someone who writes really funny comedy should decide to include hard-core adult scenes in their novel.Published 2 months ago by biliwiz
The main plot was dreadful. The side stories even more so!
The pace of the book is awful, deadly boring when you are lucky, annoying when you are not (see the mysteries... Read more
Thought it was a cute read. I enjoyed her other novels and thought this was a sweet book as wellPublished on January 18, 2014 by doreen
Wasn't my type of book -- couldn't get past the first few chapters. Also it was written by an European author and the book was written in their phrases, etc. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Truly enjoyed this book by Sue Margolis! Thought it was funny, sexy, intriguing, and a down right great summertime read! Read morePublished on July 21, 2008 by Kay Schan
I was very disappointed with this book. I like romantic comedies and expect there to be some sexy scenes but the detailed descriptions left me feeling like I needed a shower. Read morePublished on March 3, 2008 by Polly Anne Ortiz
I would have given this no star. I had never read such a boring book. I got hooked on chick lit because of Sophie Kinsella's books esp. Read morePublished on January 14, 2006 by Arlene
What a great book!!!! Cute and entertaining wouldn't even begin to describe it. I loved every minute spent on every page, and found myself dying to get back to reading the novel... Read morePublished on September 27, 2004 by Steph B.