Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.


You Spin Me

by Karen Grey

Series: Boston Classics (3)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
622,472,865 (4.5)None
to-read (3)

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

Showing 2 of 2
I had a great time with this book! This is the third book in the Boston Classics series but it would work perfectly well as a stand alone but readers of the series will enjoy checking in with the characters from earlier books. I have really enjoyed each installment in this series which is set in the 1980’s, a time period that holds a special place in my heart. Once I started reading this book, I was quickly drawn into the story and had a great time with it until the end.

Cal works as a late night DJ at a local radio station. When Jessica calls in with the answer to a trivia question, they form an instant and unusual connection. From that day on, Jessica and Cal talk every night when she calls the station during his shift. This brought back so many memories of being tethered to a wall by a phone cord for hours at a time during my younger years. It was really great the way that these two got to know each other so well just through those phone calls. But what would happen if they actually met face to face?

Cal and Jessica were both fantastic characters. They are each dealing with their own set of problems but I thought that they were really helped to lift each other up. I thought that the chemistry between these two was fantastic even before they met. I loved how much each of these characters grew over the course of the story and how each was willing to do whatever it was that the other person needed them to do. They both had some pretty big obstacles in their path and it was great to see them meet each one head-on.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. I found this to be a wonderful romance with great characters set in a fun period of time. I do wish that we had got to see just a little bit more of their future or how things worked out for them in the epilogue so I am going to cross my fingers that we get to see this pair again in future stories.

I received a digital review copy of this book from the author. ( )
  Carolesrandomlife | Apr 28, 2021 |
Author Karen Grey’s Boston Classics are such fantastic stories. I don’t know how she comes up with these plot lines but they are amazing. Fresh, bright, original, laugh-out-loud funny yet serious and thought-provoking. And a marvelous trip down memory lane back to the 1980’s, when we had big hair and before cell phones and social media ruled our lives. You can read the books in any order and they are all perfect standalones, but do yourself a favor and start at the beginning and get to know these wonderful characters one-by-one as they are introduced and connect to one another. I am sure you will grow to love them all much as I have.

You Spin Me begins at the end of 1988 when Jessica Abraham – vain, body-obsessed, afraid-to-grow-old Jessica Abraham – turns thirty, loses her day job, and loses the role of Ophelia to a younger actress. Not a good week. And then while she’s driving home one snowy night in early 1989 she knows the answer to a quiz on DJ Callihan Alonso’s alt-rock radio show and phones in. And suddenly for the reader it’s like violins playing and fireworks exploding. It just feels like . . . sigh . . . . Over nothing really. Just a phone call to a radio DJ. But not just a phone call. That start of . . . something. He worries about her and wants to know she gets home safe every night and asks her to call in just to let him know. And this becomes the highlight of their nights. As they talk longer and longer they feel closer and closer. But closer to what? He’s just that mysterious voice, the DJ with no posters and no publicity. He’s never seen her. She’s not sure she wants to be seen and judged on her looks one more time. It sure feels like a love story, though.

But of course it’s not that simple. Can you fall in love with a voice? And surely there’s more to Jess and Cal than an aging actress and a guy who is obsessively private.

As we listen in on more and more of their late night conversations and get a peek at their “outside” lives we learn there is a lot going on with each of them, a lot of childhood trauma, a lot of adult fears, a lot of unwillingness to open themselves up to rejection. Can they ever get past those fears to trust? Are they doomed to this late-night bittersweet connection with no promise or hope for the future?

You Spin Me is, as are all the Boston Classics, a witty, funny, laugh-out-loud tale of two people who immediately seem perfect for each other. To the reader, anyway. But they have a few potentially huge obstacles to overcome and you should be prepared to shed more than one tear along the way. I was so worried about Jess and Cal I wanted to jump into the story and talk to them both. I really had no idea where author Karen Grey was going to go with the ending so I didn’t put the book down until I had read straight through. What wonderful writing, what wonderful people, what a wonderful story. And I was sorry to see it end and can’t wait for more.

Thanks to author Karen Grey and StoryOrigin for providing an advance copy of You Spin Me for my reading pleasure and honest review. It is an amazing story, light and easy and deep and rich all at the same time. It touched my heart and I won’t soon forget it. All opinions are my own. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it and everything this author writes without hesitation. ( )
  GrandmaCootie | Apr 17, 2021 |
Showing 2 of 2
no reviews | add a review

Belongs to Series

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Popular covers

Quick Links


No genres


Average: (4.5)
4 1
5 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 188,586,209 books! | Top bar: Always visible