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The Year My Sister Got Lucky

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,522 ratings  ·  139 reviews
From bestselling author Aimee Friedman, an acclaimed story about sisters, lies, and laughter -- now in paperback!

Katie and Michaela Wilder are New York City girls...and best friends. But everything changes when they move upstate to rural Fir Lake. Katie is horrified by their new surroundings: the too-friendly neighbors, the lack of a subway, the fact they live near actual
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Point (first published March 1st 2008)
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May 18, 2014 Nian rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if you like books about sisters and moving
Shelves: 2008
Katya—preferably Katie—Wilder, is a City Girl living in New York, an aspiring ballerina, and sister of the all perfect Michaela Wilder. Nearing bed one night, Michaela reveals to Katie that they’re moving to Fir Lake, the countryside, where camping and milking cows are like, required. Of course Katie’s not thrilled. And she thought Michaela would feel the same way, only it turns out she doesn’t. Soon, Michaela is ditching Katie for her new friends, gets crowned Homecoming Queen and she’s turned ...more
Amalia Acorda-fey
I love this book. I only read it about a week ago, but the story just sinks in and it is comparable to to what many girls our age are probably feeling. I might be a little biased because i love girlie stories, and 'chick flicks' but this book was very good. I've read most of Sarah Dessen's books, and this is written with the same flow and insight into teenage girl's life.
We all know the story about the incapable city girl, who, when she moves into the country, does not fit in at all and still k
Same problems as Sea Change, but almost worse, because the main character is to total brat and self-centered in the most obnoxious way possible.
Summary: Katie and Michaela are ballerinas, sisters, and best friends whose relationship undergoes significant changes when their family moves from NYC to small town Fir Lake.

I had some problems with this book as in I didn't really like Katie, the main character and narrator of the book. I don't know if this is because I also moved in high school and am an older sister more like Michaela or if I wouldn't have liked her anyway.

I did enjoy the description of ballet but I found Katie's attitude so
I like the depth each character showed. The author did a good job with her idea, and she demonstrated a of knowledge in the things she wrote about (i.e. ballet, New York, etc.) There were no stereotypical characters, country kids are as snobby and cliquey as anyone unlike the popular cliche, and she delved deep into the sweet relationship of siblings, and how sometimes (okay most of the time) this relationship goes awry. I liked the hobby that "grounded" our heroine. Instead of just being some o ...more
Katya Wilder, better known as Katie, is tired of being the last one in her family to know everything. So when she finally finds out that she has to move from New York City to some little town neat Canada called Fir Lake, it’s natural that she freaks out. After all, she has to leave behind the only place she’s ever called home, the prestigious Anna Pavlova dancing school, and all her dancing friends.

Katie refuses to accept the new town that she lives in and all the people who live there. Her sist
Feb 07, 2009 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of YA chick-lit
Recommended to Anna by: Carmen Rodrigues
This is such a sweet and incredibly well developed story. This is the first time I've read anything by Aimee Friedman and all I can say is, "WOW!" I felt like she took such care to create the characters, to make them interesting, and to make the story real. The story is told through the eyes of Katie, a high school freshman whose family moves from NYC to a small town in upstate New York. Katie's always lived in the shadow of her older sister Michaela and the way each sister responds to the move ...more
Erin (work)
This was a very pragmatic reading decision: find more YA that is tween appropriate. This fits.

Sister dynamic, move from NY to country, older sister beautiful and gifted dancer, younger sister is protagonist and more lost, jealousy and unhappiness, a little romance for the younger, real romance for the older, some friendship dynamics, some mom-stuff. So, YA and yet no sex, no drugs, no violence, nothing too intense. Gentle realistic.

And ugh I was bored and just ready for it to be done.

This book was a disappointment, but then again when I started reading it I wasn't expecting something all that great. I think this is definitely a read for younger preteens. I feel like they would find it a lot more interesting and deep than I did. If I read it when I bought it (which was a LONG time ago) maybe I would have liked it....... Welllllll.... actually probably not :|

The Year My Sister Got Lucky tells the story of two city girl sisters, Michaela and Katie, who move from New York City t
Kaylee G
This book was really good. During the middle close to the end I didnt a prove. but it's so awesome it is about a girl name Katie and her sister Michellea they dance. they live in New york but than they move to the country.The population of the county is 2,104 and when they got their she was shocked when she saw the house cause it was like a puppy but scary.
Katie was so sad and mad cause she left all her friends and her dance class but her sister seemed. Excited
Katie had to meet new friends but
Sep 11, 2008 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage girls
Recommended to Sarah by: internet
This is a really good book and it's definely one of my favs!!!!!
May 23, 2009 Aimee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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I have to admit this book was a little rough in the beginning. I can't quite put my finger on it yet. At first it was like a roller coaster ride, I would like it and then not. The good parts were great and then, there were parts I had trouble getting through. About half way through, the book took a turn and just got better and better. Unfortunately, I think people might not want to wait out the not so great parts, to get to the wonderful quality of this book.

I could be wrong about not liking th
Beautiful novel, by Aimee Friedman (after reading Breaking Up, I read this, and was pleasantly surprised) that I don't think I'll ever forget:

Micheala and Katie were both great characters, but I couldn't really relate to Katie, I felt kind of trapped with her, if you know what I mean. I didn't feel that the pain she felt was because of Micheala's behavior towards her, I think that rather, she was a tinsy bit jealous of her sister. How she watched Micheala say goodbye to her boyfriend
Ella Perkins
This book is about a girl, Katie and her sister Michaela. They lived in New York City and then their mom got a job at a school in the country. The place where they are living at is called Fir Lake. The two sisters are ballerinas. When they move to Fir Lake they realized that since the town is small the news travels fast. People in their town are already talking about them. When Katie knows that Michaela is hiding something she reads her emails and pretends to be Michaela in an IM chat. That’s wh ...more
Katie and her sister Michaela are two sisters that live in New York city. They both take Ballet and are crazy in love with dance. Katie and Michaela are very close and spend nights up talking and gossiping. Katie notices that there is something on Michaela's mind and decides to ask about it one night. Michaela insists on keeping her little secret to herself until Katie gets it out of her that they are moving to upstate New York. Katie freaks out about how nobody told her and is devastated that s ...more
The year my sister got lucky isn’t about teen drama or lost love, it’s about something much more import family. Two ballerina sisters, Michaela and Katya (Katie) are uprooted from there New York city parades to the small of Fir Lake, Michaela instantly use the move to become a different person one who has many friends, a boyfriend, and keeps secretes from her young and over dramatic sister Katie. On the other hand Katie does everything she can to resist Fir Lake’s country ways, but seems the har ...more
The Year my Sister got Lucky is about two sisters named Michaela and Katya aka Katie. Both are hardcore ballerinas training in NYC when they along with their family move to Fir Lake- a town in the middle of nowhere. As school begins, Michaela fits right in with the popular crowd and grows distant from Katya, which bothers Katya to no end. As Michaela blocks Katya out of her life, Katya too must figure out how to lower her guard and adapt to Fir Lake.

For the most part The Year my Sister got Luck
Jul 14, 2009 Jazzmin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sisters & best friends
Shelves: favorite-reads
Well I loved this book- loved it a lot. I liked the plot and the young-hearted innocence there was throughout. Any girl with a sister or a best friend who's like a sister to her ;) should read this because it's not shallow like a lot of teen books these days- granted it is about the normal teenage things in life, but it was delivered so nicely and in a welcoming way to the reader in my opinion. I actually didn't think it was going to be what it was about, but it was still good. The story was com ...more
Katya "Katie" can hardly believe it when she finds out that her family is moving from their cozy little apartment in New York City to a "monstrosity" of a house upstate in Fir Lake. She can't leave just when she is about to start high school with all of her friends, and what about the exclusive Anna Pavlova ballet school she attends? Thank goodness Katie has her older sister Michaela to suffer along with her-except Michaela seems almost happy about the move, and after their arrival in Fir Lake K ...more
It might be a good book for a 12 year old. It is about ballet and sisters and city verses small town and coming of age issues and being invited to Homecoming. If those topics interest you then try this book.

The author isn't in the same league as many of the other young adult authors out there like Sarah Dessen or Deb Caletti. The parents aren't very well developed and their lack of presence in their daughter's lives doesn't make sense since one works at home and the other has a teaching job at
Jessica Lawlor
The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman tells the story of Katie and Michaela, two sisters and best friends who live in New York City. The sisters both attend a prestigious dance school for ballet. When their parents announce that they’re moving upstate, both sisters are shocked, but Katie is devastated.

Once the girls are all moved in, Michaela settles effortlessly into the country life. She makes friends and begins risking to the top of the social hierarchy at their small high school. Sh
The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman was a novel about two sisters that lived in New York and had a really good relationship. What really attracted me to the book was that the older sister Michaela, all of a sudden changed once the family moved upstate. Sounds like a typical situation where one of the sistes changes, and then the other doesn't like it. Though the difference with this novel was that everything that happened was unexpected. Katie, the younger sister is her point of view ...more
Haydee R
Nov 14, 2011 Haydee R is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The book is called “The Year My Sister Got lucky” and it was written by Aimee Friedman. What initially attracted me to the book was the fact that it had to do with sisters. Basically, because I could relate to it since I have a sister. The book shows how a simple change can have an impact in a relation between two people, in this case the sisters relationship. One sister loves the change and the other abhors it. This just reminds me of my sister and I, so that's why I picked out this book.
Karlie B
The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman is an outstanding book for teenagers, but also anyone who would enjoy a good book about family life as well. It is about a fourteen year old girl named Katie, along with her sister Michaela, who is seventeen, and they both love ballet. They are not only sisters, but best friends, which seems to change shortly after the book begins, and this bothers Katie like crazy.
One reason they begin to fade is because shortly after the book begins, Katie comes t
Krista Basilio
Katya, a.k.a. Katie, and her sister Michaela Wilder are sisters and best friends that were born and raised in New York city. They study ballet and their best friends do the same. Katie is 14 and going to be a freshman in high school, Michaela is 17 and going to be a senior. Michaela is the great ballerina and the envy of her dancemates while Katie has to try very hard to be good at ballet.

Their mother is a college professor and their father is a writer. The parents decide to move the family to
Rach Kelley
Katie and Michaela are sisters. Katie is fourteen and Michaela is 17. They live in busy New York City and attend a prestigious ballet school. Katie says it is obvious that Michaela is the favorite due to her excellent dancing, which her mother is very proud. Their parents tell Michaela they are moving to a rural town because of her mom’s job. Katie finds out later and is very upset no one told her. The two sisters are used to always being together and sharing everything. Once they finally make ...more
Fourteen-year-old Katie Wilder has her whole world figured out. She and her older sister Michaela are best friends and ballerinas at a prestigious dance school in New York City. Their futures are mapped out as minutely as the New York City Subway system. They are City Girls, born and bred, and neither Wilder sister would have it any other way in The Year My Sister Got Lucky (2008) by Aimee Friedman.

That was August.

September finds the Wilder family moving upstate to the rural Adirondack town of F
Michelle Arrow

Katie and Michaela are two sisters who tell each other everything. They share their love of ballet, and being New York City girls, right until their parents decide to move to Fir Lake, in the middle of nowhere. Both girls are disappointed, but when Michaela fits in right away and starts to keep some secrets from her sister, Katie is on the hunt to find why her sister got lucky..

This gorgeous novel has been sitting in my bookshelf for a very long time, until now. I'm glad that I chose this time
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Aimee Friedman (born 1979) is the author of several young adult novels published by Scholastic Inc. and S&S. Her novels South Beach (2004) (a New York Times bestseller), French Kiss (2005), and Hollywood Hills (2007) focus on the scandalous adventures of on-again, off-again best friends Holly Jacobson and Alexa St. Laurent. A Novel Idea (2005) is a romantic comedy about a teenager who starts a ...more
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