Author: Colleen Nelson
Rating: 4 out of 5
Dizzy Doucette lives with her brother and dad above their vintage record store. She’s learning how to spin records, and realizes she has talent. But the one thing that haunts her every day is thoughts of her mega-famous singer mother who abandoned them when she was a baby. And no one knows her mother’s identity, as keeping that secret has always been a part of Dizzy’s life.
Struggling to deal with thoughts of her mother, Dizzy incorporates some of her music into one of her own pieces, and the next thing she knows, it’s everywhere and her secret is out. Dizzy never expected people to react to the news of who her mom is like this. She just wanted her mom to acknowledge her.
I know nothing about DJing and spinning records, so this was a completely new world for me. Spin was a quick read, and, surprisingly for a YA, this isn’t a romance-influenced story (except a bit for Dizzy’s brother). The story is about Dizzy and her struggles to accept her mom and her actions as Dizzy reaches for her future and her identity.
Colleen Nelson is a writer, a runner, a mother, a librarian, and a teacher. Spin is her newest novel.
(Galley courtesy of Dundurn via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)
2 thoughts on “Book Review: Spin, by Colleen Nelson”
Wait, I would think Dizzy’s dad would know the identity of her mother since he was the one who got her pregnant?? Anyway, this sounds like it’s premise has potential, and I actually have NO idea what record spinning is so it might even be a little educational. 🙂 This is something I might decide to pick up and read if I see it at the library or something. Great review!
Thank you! And Dizzy’s dad knows who her mom is, of course, but the rest of the world has no idea her super famous mom ever had children. I really enjoyed reading this.