Spin
Sixteen-year-old Jenna Kemp is a typical high school girl, complete with a loyal group of friends and a seemingly understanding boyfriend. But when the demons from Jenna's childhood resurface, she's suddenly spinning out of control–drinking, partying–anything to numb the pain of the past. After distancing herself from her friends and befriending an outcast, her friends and family start questioning and judging her choices. But when Jenna doesn't come home one night, her friends and family realize it's more than just adolescent rebellion. Jenna's mysterious disappearance proves that there's more on the line than they realized. As they sift through a series of her personal diaries, the truth becomes terrifying. Will Jenna's final diary entry reveal the greatest mystery of all–her whereabouts?

Spin Details

TitleSpin
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 11th, 2019
PublisherK J Farnham Publishing LLC
Rating
GenreMystery, Young Adult, Thriller, Suspense

Spin Review

  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    I chose this book on the recommendation of a friend and I couldn't put it down. I found it gripping and suspenseful, the YA characters were believable and relatable, and I was compelled to find out what had happened to Jenna. I'm not a huge fan of YA usually but this was a different kind of angst and I felt the loyalty that teenagers have in their efforts to protect their friends reputation from the adults around them.
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  • E.S. Carter
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a MUST READ.K.J. Farnham has created a beautifully written, suspenseful and poignant page-turner that had me reading late into the night. She masterfully interweaves timelines and covers topics that deserve to be spoken about, while keeping you reading, eager to find out the ending.If you love YA angst, I wholeheartedly recommend you pick up this book.
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  • Abby Gunderson
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! I never wanted to put it down!!
  • Vicki Cuic
    January 1, 1970
    This book kept me into the story from beginning to end. Will definitely be reading more from this author!
  • K.J. Farnham
    January 1, 1970
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  • Sarah King
    January 1, 1970
    K.J. Farnham’s latest novel is a young adult story with a mystery at its heart. After reading and enjoying all of Farnham’s previous works, including her last YA novel Don’t Call Me Kit Kat, I was really looking forward to getting stuck into my copy of Spin, and I definitely was not disappointed. Spin is a pacey, edgy read which immediately grabbed me; a compulsive page-turner which kept me up way past my bedtime on the several nights it took me to read it.The mystery of Jenna Kemp’s disappearan K.J. Farnham’s latest novel is a young adult story with a mystery at its heart. After reading and enjoying all of Farnham’s previous works, including her last YA novel Don’t Call Me Kit Kat, I was really looking forward to getting stuck into my copy of Spin, and I definitely was not disappointed. Spin is a pacey, edgy read which immediately grabbed me; a compulsive page-turner which kept me up way past my bedtime on the several nights it took me to read it.The mystery of Jenna Kemp’s disappearance and whereabouts is pieced together in a narrative which moves between past and present, and between several different characters’ points of view. This jigsaw-building structure is complex but expertly crafted by Farnham, who uses this format to reveal the story gradually, weaving the details of Jenna’s life in the months before her disappearance in amongst the pain and confusion of her family and friends in the aftermath. I particularly like the way Farnham employs contrasting narratives and tenses as the story moves between the past and the present. For the reader, the use of first person and present tense gives a deep and immediate insight into the responses of Jenna’s loved ones, whilst the use of third person and past tense for Jenna’s part of the story keeps her, rather aptly, at arms length.As in her previous YA work, Farnham’s Spin deals with some difficult topics, delving deeply into some complex emotional and mental health issues as Jenna’s story unfolds. Without wishing to give too much away about the plot (and therefore the mystery), I think that Farnham’s handling of this tough subject matter is commendable for its realism and sensitivity. The story pivots around a number of strong, well-drawn characters; all flawed in one way or another and not all likable, but all easily imagined as they play their various parts in steering the reader towards answering the question: where is Jenna Kemp? The answer, when it comes, is unexpected, shocking, and a fitting end to a very tough tale.A gripping, suspense-filled read. Five stars.
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  • Polly Barreto
    January 1, 1970
    This is Ms. Farnham’s best work to date! Spin is told in multiple POV’s, but each chapter is clearly defined as to which character is talking.I couldn’t put this book down! She had from hooked from the first page to the last word written. Jenna Kemp appears to be a normal high school teenager, but in reality she is hiding a secret from her family and friends. This secret starts to consume her and her once normal life starts spinning all around her. It starts as a slow spin, but is soon spiraling This is Ms. Farnham’s best work to date! Spin is told in multiple POV’s, but each chapter is clearly defined as to which character is talking.I couldn’t put this book down! She had from hooked from the first page to the last word written. Jenna Kemp appears to be a normal high school teenager, but in reality she is hiding a secret from her family and friends. This secret starts to consume her and her once normal life starts spinning all around her. It starts as a slow spin, but is soon spiraling out of control, and she needs to find a way to make it all stop.Just when Jenna finally starts the process of getting her life back on track, she goes missing. After a few nights of her not returning home, her family and her friends realize that Jenna was in more trouble than they thought.Everyone is trying to figure where she went, with whom and why….including myself. I was literally on the edge of my seat trying to play detective. EVERY time I thought I would know those answers, Ms. Farnharm would flip something around or give me a little more information, and I would have to start all over again!Can her friends and family find her? Will Jenna finally expose her secret or will her life just keep spinning downward. One of my favorite lines from this book is “When they were kids, going as fast as possible was the ultimate goal. But now that they were older, going slow seemed like the right thing to do”.I highly recommend this book!
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  • Rebecca Austin
    January 1, 1970
    Bonnie Kemp's life has turned upside down when her daughter, Jenna, doesn't return home one night. Now she attempts to get her friends to help her figure out where Jenna could possibly be.But for Jenna's closest friends, Keely, Dustin and Delaney, the last three months they have noticed a change in Jenna and have drifted apart. With the help of Jenna's new friend, Leighton Pierce, can they put the pieces of the puzzle together and find Jenna before it's too late?OMG - this was an incredible book Bonnie Kemp's life has turned upside down when her daughter, Jenna, doesn't return home one night. Now she attempts to get her friends to help her figure out where Jenna could possibly be.But for Jenna's closest friends, Keely, Dustin and Delaney, the last three months they have noticed a change in Jenna and have drifted apart. With the help of Jenna's new friend, Leighton Pierce, can they put the pieces of the puzzle together and find Jenna before it's too late?OMG - this was an incredible book and as a mother I could not put it down and now I need to read everything else this author has written! This book deals with some heavy issues and at times it just breaks your heart to understand what Jenna went through in the past and then understanding why she began to change and it all made perfect sense.The book is told from a multitude of views including Jenna herself in the past and I found it was done so well that you never felt like it was too much or overwhelming. I almost felt like my heart was broken from the first moment we discover why Jenna is freaking out and then it all just goes from there.I was broken with listening to her friends blame themselves for almost distancing themselves from Jenna when she began to change and then for them to realize why she was and them not being there for her when she needed them. I couldn't imagine what they all went through when they began to learn certain things. As a mom I was so broken that Jenna felt like she couldn't go to her own mom and for not protecting her in the past. My heart was so broken for her mom when she discovered the truth and then to have people still take the side of the person who caused the pain.The end had me really wondering what had happened as there were a few people of interest but then at some point I really thought of the person that was responsible. I was shocked and although I had guessed the ending I was still just shattered. I loved Keely's dedication at the end and I really will be making sure my own daughter reads this book!! Loved it and couldn't put it down!!
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    Heartbreaking story, told from many different POVs, in two timelines, coming together to reveal a tragedy with so many could have, should haves, I couldn't keep from crying. My heart splintered again and again, "if only" was echoing through my head so loudly, sometimes I had to stop reading. And I am still hung up on the book, still fighting through so many emotions... How could they not have seen?! Of course they didn't. And I can only hope that I never need to see but if it happens, that I am Heartbreaking story, told from many different POVs, in two timelines, coming together to reveal a tragedy with so many could have, should haves, I couldn't keep from crying. My heart splintered again and again, "if only" was echoing through my head so loudly, sometimes I had to stop reading. And I am still hung up on the book, still fighting through so many emotions... How could they not have seen?! Of course they didn't. And I can only hope that I never need to see but if it happens, that I am aware and open and there when I have to...Thank you, K.J. Farnham, for chosing topics that need to be discussed, need to be brought to attention, need to be seen. Even though I've got a headache from crying, a heartache from hoping against hope, I really enjoyed the book.
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  • Kristine Berger
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, another hit by Farnham! I have read her previous books so was a bit surprised with the change to a mystery. She still has the ability to never want to put the book down, easy reading page-turning style. She was spot on on the high school adolescent story line and had me wondering til the very end. My only reason for not giving this a 5 star was because it took me a while to get into the book. I found all the characters and timing a bit distracting. Now that I know the ending, I want to read Wow, another hit by Farnham! I have read her previous books so was a bit surprised with the change to a mystery. She still has the ability to never want to put the book down, easy reading page-turning style. She was spot on on the high school adolescent story line and had me wondering til the very end. My only reason for not giving this a 5 star was because it took me a while to get into the book. I found all the characters and timing a bit distracting. Now that I know the ending, I want to read again to see if I missed any clues. You will not regret reading this book and I especially like how Farnham captured the feelings of Jenna's friends and their guilt as she went missing. Great job!
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  • Jody
    January 1, 1970
    Spin by K.J. Farnham is a story about the subject that no one wants to talk about, sexual abuse. Jenna is a normal teenager so it seems to her family and friends until her life starts to spin out of control. This story is told by multiple points of view, and it goes from before Jenna's disappearance to after Jenna's disappearance. It was a hard book to read in some parts of it but it was also an eye-opener as well. This is my first time reading this author and I enjoyed her work very much, this Spin by K.J. Farnham is a story about the subject that no one wants to talk about, sexual abuse. Jenna is a normal teenager so it seems to her family and friends until her life starts to spin out of control. This story is told by multiple points of view, and it goes from before Jenna's disappearance to after Jenna's disappearance. It was a hard book to read in some parts of it but it was also an eye-opener as well. This is my first time reading this author and I enjoyed her work very much, this particular book grabbed me from the very first chapter to the very last chapter, I was hooked. Me. Farnham is now on my favorite author's list.
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  • Dean
    January 1, 1970
    When the first book by this author was recommended I dismissed it because it was definitely not my genre. Eventually I did read DON'T CALL ME KIT KAT and found the subject so relevant, critically important and well presented that it should be a mandatory read for young adults AND their parents. I have now read each of K J Farnham's subsequent books. Each book presents critical life experience lessons in a meaningful and entertaining way. SPIN is a critical, timely message wrapped in a mystery. I When the first book by this author was recommended I dismissed it because it was definitely not my genre. Eventually I did read DON'T CALL ME KIT KAT and found the subject so relevant, critically important and well presented that it should be a mandatory read for young adults AND their parents. I have now read each of K J Farnham's subsequent books. Each book presents critical life experience lessons in a meaningful and entertaining way. SPIN is a critical, timely message wrapped in a mystery. It is a page-turner which should be enjoyed by anyone.
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  • Alicalynn
    January 1, 1970
    Farnham has done it again, but in the best way possible. I literally couldn’t put this book down from the second I read, “It’s the last entry. The one from October twenty-sixth. We’re going to find her, Joseph.” The friendships, the pull of young love, the struggles of dealing with trauma for everyone involved; everything so emotionally connected and beautifully executed. The ending was so heartbreaking, I couldn’t recover for days. But I loved every minute of it.
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  • Heather Navarre
    January 1, 1970
    This book was really good.I found myself reading so slow so I didn’t miss anything.It is told from many POV and it does a fantastic job of telling what happens after someone goes missing.This book is about a girl who has suffered abuse so this should only be read if you aren’t triggered.It is important to watch your kids or watch kids and note any changes to behavior. Also a good message to listen to what they are saying.
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  • Neisha Exeter
    January 1, 1970
    Not my usual go-to book, however once I started reading this book, I just could not seem to put it down. Told from dual points of view, Spin was an emotional read for me. A very heartbreaking story with a tragedy. I am looking forward to what more this author has in store. Fantastic book and highly recommended.
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  • Sophie Ruthven
    January 1, 1970
    Couldn't put it down Wow. Just wow.This was a page turner at it's best.This was such a gripping tale that you can't look away from.It's a true reminder of how you have no idea what's going on behind closed doors, or behind people's facades.Definitely a must read and hope to see more like this from this author.
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  • Meleaha Howard
    January 1, 1970
    This book was amazing! It is told through multiple POV's, and bounces from before Jenna's disappearance to after. This book may contain triggers for some because Jenna was sexually abused. As heartbreaking as this story was, I am glad that justice was served.
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  • CJ
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing Book! Really well written. I so loved the unexpected twist at the end. LOVED IT SO MUCH.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Another great job! Such a huge fan! I have loved every book. They may not be the easiest subjects but they such important ones! I am most definitely a fan for life! GREAT job!!! ❤❤❤ Do yourself a favorite and read ALL her books! Spin for the win!!
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  • Joleen Grace
    January 1, 1970
    This book keeps you guessing and wanting to know what happens. It contains a sensitive storyline. The more you read the more you want I know what happened. Some times it was slow but it all made sense in the end
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Another great read by K.J. Farnham! I love how her YA novels (Spin and Don't Call Me Kit Kat) really dig into sensitive topics that need to be addressed. They make you think a lot and open up your eyes to what might be happening around you. This one grabbed me from the beginning, kept me up too late, and had me racing to finish before the kids got off the bus! Well done!
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    Twisted, so many different voices telling this story. Totally not what i expected but loved it. Such great topics to address.
  • Ella V
    January 1, 1970
    This is honestly one of the best books I have read. I never wanted to put it down and spent entire days reading it. I highly recommend!!
  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    Spin by K.J. Farnham is the first book I have read from this author and I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of her work. This book is told in multiple POV’s and will hook you from the first page. This is a well-written story of heartbreak, tragedy and mystery. I highly recommend it!
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  • Jennifer Richey
    January 1, 1970
    Wow this book has a lot of mystery when a girl goes missing a piece of her journal could be the missing link to find out what happens.
  • Tracy Trixy
    January 1, 1970
    This is a little darker than the previous stuff I’ve read by this author but damn, it’s blooming good. I can’t say to much cause it’ll give away the ending and I don’t want that, but I will say that this is brilliantly written and kept me reading until I found out what had happened to poor Jenna. So Jenna is a student, living at home with her parents and sister, and something happens to her from a young age that she struggles with, and doesn’t tell anybody what happened. We learn how she’s been This is a little darker than the previous stuff I’ve read by this author but damn, it’s blooming good. I can’t say to much cause it’ll give away the ending and I don’t want that, but I will say that this is brilliantly written and kept me reading until I found out what had happened to poor Jenna. So Jenna is a student, living at home with her parents and sister, and something happens to her from a young age that she struggles with, and doesn’t tell anybody what happened. We learn how she’s been coping and eventually why she’s disappeared... definitely worth a read...
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  • Jennifer Hanson
    January 1, 1970
    I'm going to start out by saying every teen and every adult who has contact with teens (so pretty much every single person) should read this book. It's a great way to open up the lines of communication with a teen about pretty much any subject, including the really hard ones. K.J. does a fantastic job of making this story come alive and makes you feel like you know Jenna or like you could be Jenna. Every character in this story jumps off the pages and becomes real in your mind because she has cr I'm going to start out by saying every teen and every adult who has contact with teens (so pretty much every single person) should read this book. It's a great way to open up the lines of communication with a teen about pretty much any subject, including the really hard ones. K.J. does a fantastic job of making this story come alive and makes you feel like you know Jenna or like you could be Jenna. Every character in this story jumps off the pages and becomes real in your mind because she has created such realistic characters from Jenna to Hayley and every one in between. This book will make you feel so much before it even comes to its conclusion and boy what a conclusion it is! I'm pretty sure most people will be smiling through their tears and will be completely satisfied with this ending, even if it's not what you were hoping for.
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  • Mrs K Bartholmew
    January 1, 1970
    A 2.5I will be honest, I found this book boring at times. It seemed overly wordy so there was a lot of reading for no read reward for example rather than saying "I left the kitchen and headed to my room" it says I walked down the hall and up the stairs to my room, I don't feel the need for that level of description. I found the premise if the book good but felt it dragged on a bit and there was too long with friends keeping secrets and thinking oh may be we shouldn't say. If your friend is missi A 2.5I will be honest, I found this book boring at times. It seemed overly wordy so there was a lot of reading for no read reward for example rather than saying "I left the kitchen and headed to my room" it says I walked down the hall and up the stairs to my room, I don't feel the need for that level of description. I found the premise if the book good but felt it dragged on a bit and there was too long with friends keeping secrets and thinking oh may be we shouldn't say. If your friend is missing and the police involved then tell all. It's better them being found and upset with you than keeping pertinent information to yourself.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    ~I volunteered to read a copy.I wanted to like this and I did for like the first 20-30%, then it just seemed to drag and the back and forth in time was just getting to me. We knew why she changed, we knew because of whom and I just wanted to get to present day to see how it all unfolded. But seriously it didn't pick back up until about 93% in. Wasn't the ending I expected, the outcome was what I thought, but not the ending.This touches on so many issues, ones I'm glad are being talked about.
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  • Marnie Ide
    January 1, 1970
    Jenna’s life is spinning out of control. Her friends and family have no idea what is going on with her. She held a secret fo so long, it finally tore her life apart. What makes a star athlete and good student start drinking and partying? Can Jenna get her life back? Or is it too late?Read about Jenna, learn from her secrets. You may help someone in her position without knowing what’s going on.
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