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Sixteen-year-old Paris Secord's (aka DJ ParSec) career--and life--has come to an untimely end, and the local music scene is reeling. No one is feeling the pain more than her shunned pre-fame best friend, Kya, and Paris's chief groupie, Fuse. But suspicion trumps grief, and since each suspects the other of Paris's murder, they're locked in a high-stakes game of public accusations and sabotage.Everyone in the ParSec Nation (DJ ParSec's local media base)--including the killer--is content to watch it play out, until Kya and Fuse discover a secret: Paris was on the verge of major deal that would've catapulted her to superstar status on a national level, leaving her old life (and old friends) behind. With the new info comes new motives. New suspects. And a fandom that shows its deadly side. As Kya and Fuse come closer to the twisted truth, the killer's no longer amused. But murdering Paris was simple enough, so getting rid of her nobody-friends shouldn't be an issue...

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TitleSpin
Author
ReleaseJan 29th, 2019
PublisherScholastic Press
ISBN-139781338219210
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Spin Review

  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    Man, this was so good. I always think Giles's thrillers are good but I think this is my fave so far. I just loved the voices, loved the pacing, loved the way he incorporated the dark web, fandom (and standom), and social justice, and also made it a friendship story, not to mention I thought the mystery went to a very cool place. I am such a fan and this was honestly even better than I thought it'd be.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    A really compelling mystery about a murdered DJ, her two closest friends/fans who -- at the time of her death -- were on the outs with her, and about police brutality, black justice, racial inequality in the media (there was a lot here reminiscent of Tiffany D. Jackson's MONDAY'S NOT COMING), and about social media and technology and the Dark Web. The twists here are solid and compelling, and both Kya and Fuse both have outstanding voices. This is my first Giles and won't be my last. Though Angi A really compelling mystery about a murdered DJ, her two closest friends/fans who -- at the time of her death -- were on the outs with her, and about police brutality, black justice, racial inequality in the media (there was a lot here reminiscent of Tiffany D. Jackson's MONDAY'S NOT COMING), and about social media and technology and the Dark Web. The twists here are solid and compelling, and both Kya and Fuse both have outstanding voices. This is my first Giles and won't be my last. Though Angie Thomas's ON THE COME UP isn't a mystery, I'd hand this book to readers who absolutely love that book. Lots of interesting similarities.
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  • Mary Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    Giles has a winner here!! Gripping from the start, I loved this mystery about the murder of a talented young DJ. I think teen readers will LOVE this book- the social media, the friendships, school life and language was all spot on. And it will certainly appeal to our high taste readers (s/o to Nic Stone) even with the length. Giles manages to layer in a lot here: the characters meditate on class, race, and whose story gets told in the media and why. I will absolutely be purchasing two copies for Giles has a winner here!! Gripping from the start, I loved this mystery about the murder of a talented young DJ. I think teen readers will LOVE this book- the social media, the friendships, school life and language was all spot on. And it will certainly appeal to our high taste readers (s/o to Nic Stone) even with the length. Giles manages to layer in a lot here: the characters meditate on class, race, and whose story gets told in the media and why. I will absolutely be purchasing two copies for my high school library! Bravo! 👏🏻🎧👏🏻🎧👏🏻
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  • Jamie Canaves
    January 1, 1970
    I love Giles’ characters and this time he gave me three great ones! DJ ParSec, real name Paris Secord, is a sixteen-year-old up-and-coming DJ ready for fame and most importantly fortune–or was before she was murdered. Being questioned in the police station are Fuse, basically her social media hype girl, and Kya, her childhood best friend. But the questioning doesn’t last long because the girls’ parents refuse to let the police keep questioning them, plus they swear they just found Paris dead and I love Giles’ characters and this time he gave me three great ones! DJ ParSec, real name Paris Secord, is a sixteen-year-old up-and-coming DJ ready for fame and most importantly fortune–or was before she was murdered. Being questioned in the police station are Fuse, basically her social media hype girl, and Kya, her childhood best friend. But the questioning doesn’t last long because the girls’ parents refuse to let the police keep questioning them, plus they swear they just found Paris dead and don’t know what could have happened. This alternates between the present where Kya and Fuse, who don’t like each other, try to figure out what happened to Paris while reconciling how their relationships had deteriorated prior to Paris’ death. We get to know Paris in flashback chapters that show her rise and struggle with leaving it all behind in order to “make it.” Giles gives us three different girls, with different families and struggles who are all trying to find their way, while shining a light on the inequalities of social justice, obsession, and the dark side of social media and fame. If you haven’t read Giles’ novels yet you really should–he’s writing some fantastic teen characters in the crime genre.--from Book Riot's Unusual Suspects newsletter: https://link.bookriot.com/view/56a820...
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  • Carli
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss and Scholastic for the advance Kindle copy of this 1.29.19 release. All opinions are my own.•⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 for this engaging thriller. When teen DJ ParSec (Paris, to her friends) is found dead, her childhood best friend and new friend/groupie/promoter have to put aside their (major) differences as they search for her killer. They find themselves being pursued by a dangerous fan group as they near the truth. I absolutely love that this book has older characters and a gritty premi Thank you to Edelweiss and Scholastic for the advance Kindle copy of this 1.29.19 release. All opinions are my own.•⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for this engaging thriller. When teen DJ ParSec (Paris, to her friends) is found dead, her childhood best friend and new friend/groupie/promoter have to put aside their (major) differences as they search for her killer. They find themselves being pursued by a dangerous fan group as they near the truth. I absolutely love that this book has older characters and a gritty premise while still being accessible to middle school readers. It also features a diverse cast of characters, which I love. It is exactly what I have been looking for to add to my collection. Highly recommend for grades 7/8+.
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  • Jen McGraw
    January 1, 1970
    Can you say Beyhive? I enjoyed reading this young adult mystery, and my students are going to love it also! The pop culture references were excellent!
  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    I love Lamar Giles’ books and Spin further proves his skill as a mystery writer. This book has something for everyone (mystery, music, love, friendship, narration on society, tech savviness etc) and Giles does a great job of mixing everything together into one flowing plot. I highly recommend you pick up this book when it hits shelves! *received this as an ARC* Also check out Lamar Giles’ bio. He’s a founding member of we need diverse books so basically a literary hero 🤷♀ I love Lamar Giles’ books and Spin further proves his skill as a mystery writer. This book has something for everyone (mystery, music, love, friendship, narration on society, tech savviness etc) and Giles does a great job of mixing everything together into one flowing plot. I highly recommend you pick up this book when it hits shelves! *received this as an ARC* Also check out Lamar Giles’ bio. He’s a founding member of we need diverse books so basically a literary hero 🤷‍♀️
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  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    I've been super busy the past few months so this took a long time to read due to that i was never fully in to the world of this book but i did overall adore it i love all the book I've read by him (some more then others) and this is no exception loved it!
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  • Nikki S
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    January 1, 1970
    To quote Jake Peralta of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Good news for all you murder fans!” SPIN is a new whodunit by Lamar Giles about the dark side of fandom.Before SPIN, Lamar Giles wrote OVERTURNED, ENDANGERED and FAKE ID. SPIN is similar to I WAS BORN FOR THIS by Alice Oseman and I AM PRINCESS X by Cherie Priest. If this music-themed book were a song, it would be “Pretender” by Steve Aoki, Lil Yachty and AJR. SPIN has the same energy as a TV crime drama like “Elementary,” but without all of the pre To quote Jake Peralta of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Good news for all you murder fans!” SPIN is a new whodunit by Lamar Giles about the dark side of fandom.Before SPIN, Lamar Giles wrote OVERTURNED, ENDANGERED and FAKE ID. SPIN is similar to I WAS BORN FOR THIS by Alice Oseman and I AM PRINCESS X by Cherie Priest. If this music-themed book were a song, it would be “Pretender” by Steve Aoki, Lil Yachty and AJR. SPIN has the same energy as a TV crime drama like “Elementary,” but without all of the predictable clichés where you can guess the murderer in the first 15 minutes.Kya was DJ ParSec’s best friend before she became famous. Fuse was DJ ParSec’s social media manager before she was murdered. Kya and Fuse hate each other, but they’re the ones that find Paris Secord, also known as DJ ParSec, dead at her turntables. They definitely didn’t kill Paris...but who did?The police tell them to go home and focus on school. Their parents tell them they need to rest and process their friend’s shocking death. Fuse’s father tells her to avoid Kya. Kya’s mother tells her to avoid Fuse.Obviously Kya and Fuse don’t do that.After Kya and Fuse meet at Paris’s funeral, they get kidnapped by the dark side of ParSec Nation. They realize that the police won’t do much to solve DJ ParSec’s murder and they have to take matters into their own hands to get justice and to avoid the wrath of the Dark Nation. Together, they must navigate the fandom that Fuse created, as well as the side of the fandom she never intended to make. Do Kya and Fuse have a chance at catching the murderer?I read SPIN in less than 24 hours. The book’s plot had so many twists that kept me guessing. I’ve seen plenty of TV crime dramas, so you could say that I’m a pretty decent sleuth. But this story was original and surprising, and I didn’t see any of the plot twists coming.Kya and Fuse’s dynamic is also fantastic. Both Kya and Fuse are developed characters and they have strengths that help solve the mystery and their friendship grows throughout the book. There’s always some kind of romance in young adult fiction, but there isn’t much in SPIN. Instead, the focus is on the murder and Kya’s and Fuse’s friendship.Lamar Giles also does a good job of portraying ParSec Nation realistically, with a good side and a toxic side. There are the fans who just love DJ ParSec’s music and mourn her death, but there are also the fans who will stop at nothing to find DJ ParSec’s killer.I’d recommend this book to fans of mysteries and music. It’s the perfect book to read while waiting for season five of “Sherlock” (will it ever come?) or after finishing whatever mystery TV show you’re obsessed with. Just make sure you have an airtight alibi.
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