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Everyone Is Beautiful

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,731 Ratings  ·  507 Reviews
Lanie Coates’s life is spinning out of control. She’s piled everything she owns into a U-Haul and driven with her husband, Peter, and their three little boys from their cozy Texas home to a multiflight walkup in the Northeast. She’s left behind family, friends, and a comfortable life–all so her husband can realize his dream of becoming a professional musician. But somewher ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published 2009)
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May 10, 2016 Myrna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I listened to the audio because I loved Happiness for Beginners and The Lost Wife by the same author. I didn’t like this one as much as the others, though. It wasn’t a bad book. On the contrary, it was entertaining, a quick read, brought back memories of being a new mom, and had a good message. My small complaint was that it sounded like the main character was reading her diary entries. Maybe the book was better. Recommended to new moms. You will be able to relate a great deal! I will happily co ...more
May 20, 2009 Christie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I was thrilled with this sweet book about the not so glamorous sides of motherhood, wifehood. Every young mom will benefit from its honest look at what life is really like. I loved that it didn't go where it could have predictably gone. I love that at the end the main character didn't attain a size 2 to solve all her troubles. I loved that it emphasized that a mother/wife needs personal fulfillment to adequately fulfill her family. I loved the relationship between the husband and wife. A sweet, ...more
Apr 17, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing
The story of Lanie Coates, a married mother of three, who just relocated with her family to a new town across the country, so her husband could follow his dream.

Based on the story itself I would give this book 3.5/4 stars - but the way the story was relatable to my own life right now it got bumped up to 5 stars.

The way Lanie deals with motherhood, marriage, friends, and carving time out for herself is so real - and close to home - I was thinking at times this could seriously be a close parallel
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May 21, 2014 Kris Irvin rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
Eh, I had higher hopes for this one because of the premise. Is there any mom out there who hasn't, at one time or another, felt frumpy, overwhelmed, and lonely? I pretty much feel that way at least a few times a day. And while I'm not in the same situation as Lanie, I definitely empathize with her on several points.

And yet, the overall story fell flat on its face. The writing was okay, but every so often Center would stick in a "but little did I know, THIS WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN!" paragraph, and t
Sep 08, 2012 Alexandra rated it it was amazing
Everyone is beautiful! Oh oh! That's what makes you beautiful! EVERYTIME I looked at the title, I got that One Direction song stuck in my head. I can't say the title out loud or in my head without singing that blasted tune. Ah well. Them's the breaks.

This book. I did not want to put it down.There was no chapter end that I could say, okay, I feel comfortable closing it for now, I'm content. I just wanted to keep going. I was fascinated by Lanie, a woman who is a mother of three children under fi
Apr 24, 2009 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: stay at home moms or moms in general
It took a while to get into this book, but the general idea is a stay at home mother of three young boys is forced to move to a new city and deal with the lonliness of being a stay at home parent. Now, I'm not having a pity party, but only other mothers who have stayed at home for any length of time with their children can understand how one loses oneself in filling the needs of everyone else. I can relate. I know that it is fortunate that we are able to afford this for our children. It will mak ...more
Dec 03, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I gave this book 3 stars, but after being unable to stop thinking about it all morning long, I'm back to give it 4 stars.

I actually love this book. I love the message. I love all the insightful epiphanies I've gained from reading it. I love that I don't have to be perfect to be beautiful. I love that no one is perfect and everyone is beautiful. I love that a husbands' love for his wife is so much deeper than her looks. I marvel at how much my husband loves me. The world would say I don't deserv
Jun 29, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was ok
The ladies at Five Minutes for Books picked Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center as their June book club selection and I was able to get a copy at my local library. This book really resonated with me as Dawn predicted it would! Lanie, the main character, is a S@HM mom to three busy little boys. The book starts out as her family moves across the country so her husband can make some major steps in his musical career ... leaving behind the only home she's ever known as well as her family, frie ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
A light read with a heavy message. The book is a great reminder to not completely lose yourself or forget to invest in your relationship after kids come into the picture. I'm sure it's easier said than done with the fierce demands of children, but fierce love of your spouse is the reason they're in your lives in the first place, right?! (Hopefully, anyway!) Loved the book & the ending, even despite Lanie's children being complete TERRORS, lol

"...the human condition is imperfection. And that'
Sep 23, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2014-listened
This was an enjoyable story about a woman finding hersrlf again while being overwhelmed with 3 small children, a move across the country, a husband bogged down by graduate school, and parents who leave the country. While every experience is different, it shows how easy you can lose yourself, but also find yourself when overwhelmed with life.
Sep 10, 2009 Wendi rated it it was amazing
Perfect for : Personal reading, book club read, sharing with a good friend

In a nutshell: Its not often that I find myself enthusiastically nodding my head in agreement to something I'm reading in a fiction book, but there was just something about this book that made me do a double-take! Either the author has experienced life in a similar way that I have, or she has done her homework! Katherine Center has written a beautiful book that is full of life, and not just some fantasy life, but a real li
Apr 07, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it
This is a fun read that I went through quickly. Some of the parts made me laugh. I tend to like stories about building into your marriage amidst the challenges of parenting and other parts of normal life, so I guess it's predictable that I liked this book. The last couple pages are excellent and worth quoting, as the author (in the character's first person voice) shares her thoughts on beauty. I did feel like some parts of the plot were a bit exaggerated/contrived--for instance the challenges of ...more
Dec 15, 2013 Pamela rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
It occurred to me as I read my second book by this author that they both are a sort of romance novel. Not my usual genre at all. But these are not sappy, sentimental, women-being-rescued-by-men books. They are stories of women facing a bit of crisis, trying to find themselves. What I really like is the romance is secondary to the search--they don't find romance until they solve their inner struggle. And the women who are the main characters are so real and relatable. If you are mothers, especial ...more
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Mar 12, 2016 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Not every book we read has to be a big literary novel, clever, thoughtful, dense. At times, we just want to read a book that reassures us about the troubles that hit us as humans and about the hidden strengths we have to overcome. And we might just want a laugh or two at the foibles of little boys. Everyone is Beautiful is such a book, a book when we are seeking a gentle, funny read.

I like this book. It’s not Tolstoy, but it’s a perfect read for spring break. It reminded me of the tiring days of
Apr 06, 2009 Carrie rated it liked it
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Nov 08, 2015 Jill rated it it was ok
I appreciate the message that Center was trying to convey: beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and as such, there are infinite ways to define what is beautiful. It's a nice message, and one that I try to remember on days when I'm feeling particularly NOT beautiful. What I did not appreciate as much was the way in which Center attempted to impart this lesson on the reader. I get that Lanie felt fat and harried and somewhat bored with the everyday drudgery that is often the life of a mother of t ...more
Oct 05, 2009 Colleen rated it did not like it
"I devoured Katherine Center's first book, The Bright Side of Disaster, but for some reason I just couldn't get into this book at all. I actually never finished it. Maybe its because I don't have kids and found it hard to relate to the main character. Her children's behavior was outrageous. I don't know that I would recommend this book to anyone which is sad because I recommended Center's first book to several friends. Save yourself the money and frustration. Skip this book."
Laura Bryant
Oct 20, 2015 Laura Bryant rated it really liked it
Katherine Center has such a great way of demonstrating in her characters the impact of such basic emotions like love. Everyone is Beautiful is about how difficult it can seem to stay true to oneself after you get lost in the day-to-day things life throws your way. When we marry, we are full of hopes and dreams about what our future holds. And, for a few years beyond it is those hopes and dreams that drive us to love and appreciate intensely the person whom we've chosen to embark on that journey ...more
Oct 02, 2014 Cara rated it liked it
Shelves: fun-or-frivolity
I got this because I loved The Bright Side Of Disaster by the same author. I liked this one a lot less, though. (view spoiler) ...more
Sara Mannal
Jun 11, 2009 Sara Mannal rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great book for when you need that easy to read good story that you can relate to. As far as chick-lit it was great. I have found with some chick-lit I end up hating the characters and find them unrealistic, this was a cute story about a non-perfect wife and mother. Perfect for a summer read.
Jun 29, 2009 Katherine rated it it was ok
Eh. Pleasant in sort of a glib way. Entertaining writing and premise, but the author takes short-cuts all over the place and none of it really seems authentic. Tilts briefly in the too-many-wacky-characters direction. Some funny stuff about motherhood.
Jun 11, 2009 Kristin rated it liked it
Good for the motherhood "reality," but it was way to predictable and ended up too neat and tidy. A quick, fun read, but if I were to pick a good mommy lit book, I'd take "I Don't Know How She Does It." However, I'm looking forward to making some cupcakes!
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Jan 19, 2016 Morninglight Mama rated it it was amazing
Yeah, I read this with an increasingly eerie feeling that Katherine Center had been somehow reading my mind when she wrote this book-- I found myself relating to Lanie's character more than any fictional character that I can recall ever reading before. I consumed this novel in a day, and it's now at the top of the list of my current book recommendations! What an incredible portrayal of motherhood and marriage, and that nagging feeling that you lost the self you used to be somewhere along the way ...more
This book was a great read. I found Lanie Coates somewhat relatable, and not only because of the whole motherhood thing.

Lanie has just had to move far away from "home" because of her husband's budding career, she's just been asked when her baby is due (and she isn't even pregnant), and she misses her mom. She is disappointed with a rude new neighbor, embarrassed by the behavior of her children at the park, and she feels like the walls of her new apartment are closing in on her.

Lanie stays home
Summer B.
Mar 22, 2016 Summer B. rated it really liked it
It's a little bit fluffy and I definitely hate the way she tends to throw in unnecessary "cliffhangers" which really aren't cliffhangers. "Little did she know, nobody is perfect, she would soon find out." (That's made up, but you get the idea)

I still enjoyed it and found myself relating to the main character because even though it was a bit shallow, it had occasional brilliant glimpses perfectly capturing that sahm life. The perfect love in the middle of boredom, the yearning for something mean
Aug 26, 2009 Janeene rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2009
2.5 Stars.....didn't enjoy the book as much as I thought I would....pages 85-87 are laugh out loud funny.....the book got better as it went on and the ending made up for slower parts in the beginning
Feb 22, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it
LOVED THIS BOOK! I read it in two nights and so related to the main character as a Mom with young kids. Katherine is a great writer: I recommend this unequivocally.
Sep 29, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I want to recommend this book to every young mother I know...especially those who are trying so hard to be everything to everyone and forgetting to take care of themselves. I loved the writing (except the profanity which wasn't extreme but was still too much for me) and the lovable, identifiable characters. I cheered for Elena and felt her pain; I empathized with her struggles as a parent and wife and celebrated with her as she re-discovered herself; I laughed out loud as I relived the
Dec 26, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone is Beautiful

A mom of 4, this really drew me in. I could relate on so many levels. Great book, highly recommended.
Mar 11, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing
love this. recharged me and took me to the raw parts I tried to forget about early mamahood. I did like the way it made me feel.
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Katherine Center is the author of five novels about love and family, including The Bright Side of Disaster, The Lost Husband, and Happiness for Beginners. Her work has appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, InStyle, and Real Simple. She is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. Katherine lives in Houston with her husband and two sweet c ...more
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“Nobody was perfect. Not even close. And everybody had wrinkles from smiling and squinting and craining their necks. Everybody has marks on their bodies from years of living- a trail of life left on them. Evidence of all the adventures and sleepless nights and practical jokes and heartbreaks that had made them who they are.” 49 likes
“There is no better people-watching than at the airport: the whole world packed into such a tight space, moving fast with all their essentials in their rolling bags. And what caught my attention, as I took a few breaths and lay my eyes on the crowds, were all the imperfections. Everybody had them. Every single person that walked past me had some kind of flaw. Bushy eyebrows, moles, flared nostrils, crooked teeth, crows'-feet, hunched backs, dowagers' humps, double chins, floppy earlobes, nose hairs, potbellies, scars, nicotine stains, upper arm fat, trick knees, saddlebags, collapsed arches, bruises, warts, puffy eyes, pimples. Nobody was perfect. Not even close. And everybody had wrinkles from smiling and squinting and craning their necks. Everybody had marks on their bodies from years of living - a trail of life left on them, evidence of all the adventures and sleepless nights and practical jokes and heartbreaks that had made them who they were.

In that moment, I suddenly loved us all the more for our flaws, for being broken and human, for being embarrassed and lonely, for being hopeful or tired or disappointed or sick or brave or angry. For being who we were, for making the world interesting. It was a good reminder that the human condition is imperfection. And that's how it's supposed to be.”
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