I have been a fan of Catherine McKenzie from her very first novel and I always wait anxiously for her next one. Needless to say I was very excited to find out she had a novella coming out called Spun which is releasing today! Spun revisits Amber Sheppard from one of my favorite novels of Catherine’s called Spin with an update on her life since leaving rehab. It highlights Catherine’s great talent for portraying characters who are real and experience real life issues. While Spun is short it is definitely not lacking on being an emotional and touching tale of a girl lost who is just trying to find herself in the midst of all the craziness of the world.
Amber is a celebrity who has certainly had her share of issues with drugs and alcohol and since leaving rehab life hasn’t been the best for her. She’s been sober for two years now but it seems that nobody wants to recognize her for that. Instead they continue to insinuate that she is still using and that her life is still an utter shambles. The thing is Amber wants better for herself but has no idea how to get there. Her old boyfriend, movie star Connor Parks, isn’t making things any easier for her either. He keeps contacting her and wanting to get back with her but she’s done with that life now. Yet when he calls one night Amber makes the decision to go and see him this time. It turns out to be both the worst and best decision of her life. She is heartbroken and things go from bad to worse when the press become even more harassing than usual. Things need to change for Amber, but how?
Spun deals with a lot of serious issues like drug addiction, alcoholism, recovery and it’s really quite raw and real in the telling. I liked Amber in Spin and liked her even more in Spun. She’s tough and yet soft deep down. She wants better for herself and in this story she has to wade through all the people and things that are holding her back to break through to the life she knows must be out there for her. While you don’t have to read Spin to read this one as it does stand on it’s own I still think it’s a good idea as you get a feel for who Amber was before and how she got there. I loved it! Highly recommended!