Amber Sheppard has worked hard to stay clean in the many months since her stint in rehab. But things haven’t been easy. The public is constantly on watch, waiting for her next screw up. Her parents have begun to hit the talk show circuit speaking out about their daughter’s behavior – even when there’s nothing of note to speak of. And the casting agents have their reservations about the new Amber as well.
Then there’s Connor Parks. In spite of everything Amber just can’t shake him. He’s been calling, texting, and emailing for months and while her heart longs to answer, she’s managed to put him off. Until now. Amber agrees to meet him one last time and it changes absolutely everything.
Oh, poor Amber. When we met her in Catherine McKenzie’s debut, Spin, she was kind of a snot. She was unwilling to listen to the advice of those around her and seemingly set on her ruinous ways.
But that’s not the case any more. Post rehab Amber has had a chance to reconsider her actions and longs for a change. But of course things aren’t that easy when you’re the center of the public eye.
Spin was one of my absolute favorite reads the year it was released – and still today. Not only was the story warm and funny, but the characters were so big and real. They were definitely people I wanted to see more of beyond that first book, so I was really, really excited to get the chance to return to them in Spun. And McKenzie did not let me down. Everyone I came to know and love in Spin is back but this time Amber is the star of the show. And once again the story is both heartbreaking and hopeful. Another truly excellent release from one of my favorite authors.
5/14 Becky Lejeune
SPUN by Catherine McKenzie. HarperCollins Canada (April 29, 2014). ASIN: B00I7WV51Q. 150p.