In Jill MacKenzie’s debut novel Spin the Sky, dancer Magnolia “Mags” Woodson wants to change her life. Not just because she suffers from typical teenage angst – no, that’s not Mags’ issue. For Mags, living in a small Oregon town with the small-town mentality means she and her sister, Rose, are looked down upon because of something they didn’t do. Their mother’s act and subsequent disappearance have made the townspeople turn on Mags and Rose. And soft-hearted Mags wants to prove she deserves better.
When her best friend, George, talks her into trying out for a televised dance competition reality show, Live to Dance, Mags wants to go. She sees it as an opportunity to prove she’s not a “no-good Woodson girl.” Rose doesn’t want her to go, but Mags goes anyway.
In the quest to win the show and thus, the respect of her town, Mags risks everything – her relationship with her sister, with George, with new friends made during auditions, and with herself. Can her friendship with George survive? Will she lose everything in her unsinkable desire to make good?
MacKenzie’s gifted storytelling weaves Magnolia’s tale so skillfully you won’t want to put the book down. The twists, turns, and surprises of the plot are satisfying and fulfilling. The dance knowledge MacKenzie clearly has sculpts Mags’ character deeply. This is a heroine we care about, and want to succeed in her quests. But will she?
You’ll have to read the book to find out. 🙂