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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
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Published February 17th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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*Christie*
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
Andrea
Apr 24, 2009 Andrea rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Amy
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...more
Nicole
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...more
Kris Irvin
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...more
Wendi
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...more
Alexandra
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...more
Stephanie
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
Pamela
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
Jessica
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'...more
Carrie
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Dorottya Bacsi
It is a really nice, warm-hearted, moving, but also motivational and feelgood book. Perfect for any occasion when you want to read a lighter book that still has depth to it. Also good for any woman who is feeling let down or just bad, about her life, about her looks.
I liked how it was not too much of forcing one's opinions on other people... like there was no bad or evil character in this book, just people trying to survive and manage their relationships and lives, sometimes making good decision...more
Colleen
"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."
Sara Mannal
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.
Jennifer
The main character was not likable, in my opinion. Also, FYI...the author seems to be a fan of Planned Parenthood. That ruined it even more for me. I wish I hadn't wasted my time on this one.
Katherine
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.
Kristin
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!
Janeene
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
Stephanie
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.
Amy
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.
Krystyn
Super cute,feel-good-kind-of-story. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Kelly
Summary: A mom of 3 kids under 5 has an identity crisis and tries to figure out who she is and what she wants to do with her life.

Review: A quick, fun read. I haven't read many adult novels about mamahood since having a baby, but I think I need to read more. A few times, Abby fell asleep in my arms for a nap while I was reading this book. And each time, I would read something that would make me want to laugh.

I don't know about you, but when I try to hold in a laugh, it doesn't quite work. That l...more
Beth Bender
This book is pretty much straight forward chick lit. Not great literature by any means but it holds up as what it is. Predictable, slightly ridiculous, and requiring a certain suspension of disbelief. The "crisis" driving the climax of the story is based on a series of simple misunderstandings that any competent adult would get cleared up without such manufactured drama. At least, I would hope so.

That said, it holds a special place in my heart. Probably because I read it (the first time) shortl...more
Ashley Deniz
This was a book club book and I have to say it was my favorite of all the ones we have read, not sure if that's a complement or not as the others were really really not my fave. However, I did find the characters extremely relate-able and the story pretty true to real life. I did get confused a bit as the story seems to be written like a journal at times with comments like "I would find that would later," thrown in there. I totally get the whole just saying you are pregnant thing even if your no...more
Liviania
Rarely have I identified with a main character so much. Lanie moved because of her husband's job, but now she's home all day with three kids and no support network. Baby Sam's too young to much more than make messes and be loud, but toddlers Toby and Alex and the perfect age to get into trouble. Everyday Lanie frays around the edges a little more. She finds an outlet in the gym. It helps her feel better about her body and it gives her that time to focus on herself.

And boy do I feel driven crazy...more
Laurel-Rain
Lanie and Peter Coates have just uprooted their comfortable lives in Houston, Texas, to follow Peter's dream—which lands them in a tiny apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

After fifteen years of marriage and with three children under four, Lanie has lost herself and whatever dreams she might have had. She flounders in this new life, overwhelmed with parenting in a small space, without the support of family and friends.

Then one day in the park, another woman's seemingly innocent remark ("when i...more
B. Hale
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Hilarie
I really wasn't expecting very much from this novel. I began my read with an expectation that this would be a book much like the cupcake pictured on the cover; light and fluffy, and easily forgettable. Instead, I was pleased to discover a great read which made me reflect on my own thoughts and feelings of life as a stay-at-home mother to young children.

The heroine is Lanie, the mother of three energetic (to say the least) little boys, the youngest of whom is only eight months old. At the beginni...more
Shanda
I enjoyed this sweet book about a mother of three who has been following her husband around as he chases his dreams and somewhere in the shuffle lost sight of who she is. With three boys under three years old, Lanie and her family move from Houston to Massachusetts so husband Peter can get one step closer to becoming a professional musician. The book opens on the day that Lanie decides to change her life.

Along Lanie's path to rediscovery are several characters that I enjoyed. The childless, "me...more
Serena
Jul 01, 2011 Serena rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Serena by: Anna
Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center begins when Lanie Coates and her family move from Houston to Cambridge, Mass., into a smaller home with their rambunctious boys who clearly need more space to run. From daily visits to the park and the struggle to make friends, Lanie is losing her grip on herself and what’s important.

Even before her family makes the move, she feels adrift from the painter and person she was when she met her husband Peter in college, and even more so, when she learns that...more
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Katherine Center is the author of four novels about love and family: The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone Is Beautiful, Get Lucky, and The Lost Husband. Her books and essays have appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, and Real Simple—as well as the anthologies Because I Love Her, CRUSH, and My Parents Were Awesome. People magazine calls Katherine’s first novel, “cleverly told and un...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.” 46 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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