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A novel by Robert Rave

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Rave's 1st effort: 'Spin'-credible

  • Sep 30, 2010

Have you ever wondered what happens when mean girls grow up? For some, the glory days end with senior prom. Some change their ways. But there is a more sordid crop of girls (and guys) who reach a level of superfluous monstrosity and enter a world of deciet, materialism and exclusivity: these people are called celebrity publicists. First time author, Rave, explores this world in his debut novel, SPIN.

Rave was a 'fly-over' state-living, wanna-be who moves to the big apple only to find out just how rotten it can be. The top of Chapter 13 perhaps summarizes the lowest, and somehow highest point of his career. Rave writes: "I spun stories [sic], and it trickled into my personal life. Publicists use the word "spin" not because they are spinnig the truth, but because the world is spinning them, and the dizziness is addictive. The problem with spinning, though, is that, eventually, you fall down."

Rave offers a front row seat to a year in the life of a powerful firm that is destined for disaster, only to have that disaster manipulated into looking like a county fair!  This thinly vieled account omits blowing the whistle on industry elite (for the most part), but it doesn't take an LA associate to figure out who's who (ending = awesomeness).

"SPIN" is a must for the entertainment industry wanna-bes and gonna-bes. Insight into partying, fake media coverage, and drug use makes it a perfect fit for a society that loves to 'od' on pop culture.

Rave himself has especially peaked my interest as I too come from a humble, yet vibrant PR background. I want more juice! But can I get it? Expect a follow-up about this if I hear from the 'PoweR' boy himself. (fingers crossed lunchers!)

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The latest acid tale of people who sell their souls to the devil who wears Prada comes from a former New York publicist. Debut novelist Rave plunges his naïve Midwestern hero, Taylor Green, into the sweet-and-sordid world of New York publicist Jennie Weinstein, whose gift for spin has elevated her to the top rung of her profession. This, apparently, means endless nightclub openings, coke-snorting, sexual escapades, personal betrayals and celebrity gossip-mongering. Despite being used as Jennie's flunky in situations that range from illegal to embarrassing, Taylor is hooked. In a series of incidents that entertain through sheer outrage, he alternately succumbs and stands up to his boss while losing much, though not all, of his integrity, and the ultimate battle between them takes on truly hellish proportions. Taylor's awareness of his own susceptibility adds at least an inch of depth, in contrast to Jennie's unrelieved depravity. With its inside views of a corrupt yet glamorous lifestyle and its witty tone, the book is sure to please fans of the sub-genre. 
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