by Catherine McKenzie
William Morrow (HarperCollins)
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Re-release: February 7, 2012
Description: Katie Sandford has just gotten an interview at her favourite music magazine, The Line. It's the chance of a lifetime. So what does she do? Goes out to celebrate - and shows up still drunk at the interview. No surprise, she doesn't get the job, but the folks at The Line think she might be perfect for another assignment for their sister gossip rag. All Katie has to do is follow It Girl Amber Sheppard into rehab. If she can get the inside scoop (and complete the 30-day program without getting kicked out), they'll reconsider her for the job at The Line.
Katie takes the job. But things get complicated when real friendships develop, a cute celebrity handler named Henry gets involved, and Katie begins to realize she may be in rehab for a reason. Katie has to make a decision -- is publishing the article worth everything she has to lose?
The Good Stuff
- Author is Canadian (and the book isn't depressing or about the prairies -- you have to understand my issue here, we are forced to read depressing Cdn literature -- often about the prairies - from Grade 4 all the way through College in Ontario - it colours you )
- Dialogue between characters is nice and crisp, fresh and often funny as hell
- Smart and funny
- Fast paced tightly written story, doesn't drag
- Fabulous character development, Kate feels like a real person, warts and all
- Really could see this as a movie
- Good secondary characters that compliment the heroine, yet don't overshadow her
- Nice moral questions done in a non preachy or schmaltzy way - makes you think what you might do in the same situation.
- I really liked how the characters lives didn't become perfect after they had left rehab, they were still struggling, but there was a sense of hope for change - very realistic
- Will be picking up Arranged, by McKenzie as well since I was so impressed with her writing style
- Could not put the book down, felt like I was part of the story
- Author is Canadian - come on American pals, you know how excited we get when something Canadian is good
The Not So Good Stuff
- Found Kate's sister seriously irritating and just plain unpleasant - if she were my twin sister I would have drank too
"The way I see it, Kid, anything that comes from the ground is OK," my father said. "It's the manufactured shit, pardon my French, that gets people in trouble. If you can consume it in its natural state, and never tell your mother I said this, I don't see why you can't experiment a little."
I stared at him from the middle of my beanbag chair. "What are you talking about Dad?"
"I'm talking about pot, hash, and 'shrooms. If you stick to those, you should be OK. Not that I'm telling you to take them. But if you do decide to do drugs, those are the drugs you should use."
"If you're reading this message, you're smarter than I thought! No need for explanations,lass. The intrigue was worth it.
I laugh out loud. People surprise you every goddamn day, even in rehab."
"I wonder if anyone else is awake. Or are visions of sugarplums, or sugarplum brandy, dancing through their heads."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- This one is perfect for everyone, both male and female -- people have mentioned it on chick lit lists, but I feel that does it a disservice, men will enjoy the story as well
- Even good for older YA readers (obviously there is some sex, drugs, etc -- but nothing explicit -- and hey the message of drugs and alcohol can be very bad is a good one)
- This would be a wonderful story for lying on a beach or curled up on a couch
William Morrow sent this to me for review in exchange for an honest review