Spin by Lamar Giles


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 ...

Details Spin

Release DateJan 29th, 2019
PublisherScholastic Press
GenreMystery, Young Adult, Thriller, Contemporary, Fiction, Audiobook

Reviews Spin

  • OutlawPoet
    First, if you're looking for diverse characters, this is for you. It's not 'diversity for diversity's sake'. In other words, this isn't some dude jumping on the diverse YA bandwagon. He's been writing for a while. The author himself is a POC and (shock!) he understands that POC aren't all the same. We have rich people, poor people, people who love music, people who code. Of all races. This will appeal to any YA reader.Looking beyond the diversity...
  • Bang Bang Books
    3.75I wish Giles would take some thriller writing workshops from E. Lockhart or Jennifer Lynn Barnes because this book could have been so good. He was missing some character development that would have made this book a 4 star or more.This book is basically a thriller/whodunit in the music/rap world which in itself is nuanced. Considering the mysterious deaths of Biggie and Tupac, this setting is not out of the ordinary. My issues with this book a...
  • Jamie Canaves
    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 questi...
  • Mary Thomas
    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 w...
  • Carli
    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 absolute...
  • Regina
    This book was DOPE.The mystery was well done, with enough red herrings to keep me entranced. And the beautiful acknowledgment and integration of current and past hip-hop was extremely on point.My only complaint was the audiobook, which would have done better to secure younger narrators to match the tone of the text. Bahni Turpin is always amazing, but there were a lot of times throughout the book where it was easy to forget the intended ages of t...
  • Ellen
    Overall, it was a decent mystery. I was a little disappointed in the "reveal" because a) I'd already figured it out; and b) it was a little anti climatic. I liked the main two girls, though I sometimes struggled remembering which point of view I was in. I did like the style and that it was a diverse book written by a diverse author. I may check out some more books by Lamar Giles.Content Warning: Some fairly mild language and a little violence.201...
  • Carolyn
    This was fun! Liked the mystery, like the girls’ personalities. The mystery wrapped up a little fast for the pace of the rest of the story. I’d love to actually here these tunes.Re: classroom library: the characters are in high school and might be a little out of middle schoolers’ interest, but there wasn’t anything worrisome or inappropriate so I’d be OK putting this in my 6th/7th library (if this was my copy! I actually borrowed it fr...
  • Sarah Dawson
    Interesting points of view, particularly ParSec's countdown to the day she died.
  • Jen McGraw
    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!
  • Lupita
    A mystery like Veronica Mars. Girls that are enemies, but become friends. And a recipe on how to honor a lost friend. Highly recommend this fast action packed read!
  • Carolina
    i didn't feel any type of connection towards this story, but it wasn't bad at all, it just wasn't my cup of tea.actual rating: 2.75/5
  • Sam Bloom
    Highest 4.5 star rating possible
  • Nikki S
    Review to come.**EDIT 3/04/2019**You can find more of my reviews here at my blog: Take Me Away... Somehow, this is the first book by Lamar Giles I've ever read. His book Overturned that came out in 2017 was super high on my TBR, but I never got a hold of it. I knew not to make this mistake with Spin. And with its badass characters, amazing music references, and so much more, I'm glad I didn't miss out on it. DJ ParSec was gearing up to be just a...
  • Liz Friend
    The story: Rising star DJ ParSec has been murdered. Both Kya and Fuse are on the suspect list--even worse, they can't stand each other. Worst of all: they're both suspects. When it becomes clear they're going to have to work together, strange things start happening courtesy of a whacko set of ParSec's groupies, the Dark Nation. Now Kya and Fuse are going to have to watch their backs as they try to track an elusive killer and work through their ow...
  • Ryan
    Who murdered DJ ParSec? Was it a best friend? Was it a crazed fan? Was it a member of her team? This story told in alternating voices seeks to solve this case.Kya is a nerd. She likes apps, she likes computers, she likes coding. She is best friends with Paris Secord, who will become DJ ParSec by the time this book takes place. Fuse is new to the group. She is in charge of marketing and graining fans for DJ ParSec. Yes she is a fan, but she is als...
  • Kacey
    I wanted something a little different after all the fantasy I'd been reading lately, and having this be about a dead musician who had a social media fanbase? I was really excited to see how all that was handled. The actual mystery part was a little disappointing, since it was basically the girls going around confronting people they thought killed their friend, but I thought the rest was pretty solid.What I enjoy about mysteries is gathering clues...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    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 ...
  • Jaina Rose
    3.5 stars. This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.I think it's pretty well-established on this site that I am a fan of murder mysteries. Usually Agatha Christie's novels are my poison of choice (pun intended), but I'm always game to try out new authors. I am often very interested to see how different books approach the mysteries from different angles, either focusing on the personality of the victim or on the character of the de...
  • DJL
    This is my first novel by Lamar Giles, and I know it won't be the last. Having grown up learning to love mysteries, thanks to my mom, I can say that Giles spins an excellent yarn without giving away too much too soon.At the heart of this mystery are Kya and Fuse, two young Black women who, while in conflict with each other at first, are able to set aside their issues with one another in order to figure out what really happened to their mutual fri...
  • Renee
    This book is really good! It’s a fast paced music inspired mystery that has two black girl leads (three of you want to count ParSec) and it definitely passed the Bechdel test. Someone has killed Paris Secord, an up and coming underground DJ that was on the verge of branching out. ParSec’s two closest confidants— Kya and Fuse— can’t stand one another and are high key pointing the finger at one another on social media which brings them to...
  • Dee Carney
    Good mystery overall though I'll admit that had another trusted author/reader not recommended this story, I would have DNF'd it very early on. The author's voice is very much YA, which normally is fine, but for some reason it grated on my nerves for this story. (You can only read "turn up" so many times!) It's very much a contemporary story; it'll be interesting to come back 20 years from now to see how/if it can hold up due to how much it relies...
  • Carro Herdegen
    Language: PG13 (22 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG13Both at the scene to discover their friend’s, DJ ParSec’s, dead body, nemeses Kya and Fuse throw dirt on each other to prove who the better friend was. Unforeseen consequences quickly make them both regret their actions, but it’s too late—they must work together to find the murderer as demanded by extremist ParSec fans. Or else.The overall mystery was exciting to rea...
  • Stacy
    DJ ParSec is an up-and-coming DJ, just about to hit it big, until she's found dead by two of her ex-best friends. Kya and Fuse could not be more different, but when the seedy side of #ParSecNation comes after them with accusations and demands for answers, they find themselves as detectives in their former friend's murder. Treachery, deceit, anger, and grief are all involved as the two girls try to unravel the mystery. The representation of charac...
  • Kristin
    Paris Secord is a high school music sensation known as DJ ParSec. She spins, writes, and produces music. As her fame is on the rise, she's found dead at her turntables and the two girls closest to her are prime suspects.Besides the obvious mystery, this story looks at the local music scene. DJ ParSec wants fame and fortune to escape her rough childhood. And it seems everyone around her wants a piece of her from her fans, other rising stars, the m...
  • Afoma Umesi
    I really enjoyed this fast-paced YA mystery! A riveting story of two high-schoolers thrown into solving the mystery of their best friend’s death. After popular teen DJ, Paris Secord is murdered, two of her friends (who are not on speaking terms) come under public suspicion. Both girls are forced to band together against a group of darkly fanatic supporters, uncooperative police staff, and other hindrances to their efforts.This novel is captivat...
  • Ren
    This is more for the audio version and the enjoyment I found in it. If I was rating for story, I would say it's 3.5 because....Paris was becoming an awful person. If that's how she was before she really went big, then she was going to be a nightmare. I was done with her when she and Kya had their last meeting. Fuse wasn't so great either. The only character I truly liked was Kya. I get it: people have layers. However, I can they have some sort of...
  • Engel Dreizehn
    Highly suggestible for the music/hip-hop lovers and the crime drama mystery types. I did like yes we are getting a murder mystery with its twists and turns but set against the backdrop of the music industry in all its shades of its high and its ugly sides...the humble-private life of Paris would be one and the rabid Dark Nation fandom. I like (and oh my goodness thank you!) the narrative for being realistic in its approach to music industry portr...