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Spin: A Novel Hardcover – August 18, 2009
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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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“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
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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. For a character who was so astonished by becoming a drug mule and having to buy his bosses stash (indeed most of the arguments between Jennie and Taylor revolve around this subject), it really annoyed me that he then left the high road to pursue a drug binge of his own.
He did end up starting his own business, but it was very bland and the confrontation at the end of the book was just sloppy.
If I had paid 2.00 for this novel, I wouldn't feel as ripped off as I do at the moment, as I would have expected better writing, better characters and and overall better story arc than the one that I got.
Overall, if you're looking for a book that exposes the industry yada yada, stick with The Devil Wears Prada.
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!
I felt this book was very similar to both The Nanny Diaries, and Devil Wears Prada with the protagonist being a fish out of water employee trying to deal with their awful boss. However unlike the other stories where I was rooting for the main character, I just couldn't really get behind Taylor. It is hard to root for someone when they only pick up bad habits through the course of a story, and instead of trying to better them self, they end up following a path similar to the one the awful boss is on.
Aside from the issues I had with the character of Taylor, there were many enjoyable things in the book. Jennie's antics were amusing, and I couldn't wait to find out what she pulled next. The character of Mia was also very well written and likeable. Adam was also a great character and his story with his roommate seemed like it would be interesting, however it really never got developed much.
In all I'm very torn on this book. There were things I really liked, but at the same time it's hard to really enjoy a story when you aren't a fan of the main character. Hopefully the sequel to this story will see Taylor doing some more positive growing, rather than picking up bad habits.