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The Year My Sister Got Lucky

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,769 ratings  ·  155 reviews
In this hilarious, heartrending novel, New York Times bestselling author Aimee Friedman reminds us of the importance of sisters. . . and of not wearing stilettos in the mud.

When Katie and Michaela Wilder are uprooted from NYC and planted in rural Fir Lake, Katie is horrified by their new surroundings: the too-friendly neighbors, the local uniform of sandals paired with soc
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Point
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Jan 29, 2008 rated it liked it
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
 Lorien Rhys ~ Live for tomorrow
After reading Two Summers, I needed to read more books by Aimee Friedman because man, her writing style is PERFECT for contemporary novels! But while not everything was picture perfect in this novel, you still can confirm and say that this book has it all. Two sisters and their family having to move out of the city and into the countryside, new school, older sister strays away from younger sister, aaand a romance that didn't get too deep for the main character. So let's get this review underway! ...more
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Amalia Acorda-fey
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.
Rebecca Ringwood
I read this when i was like 12 and loved every second of it. so weird but I will RANDOMLY get a flashback of reading it and could never remember the title until i just saw it at a book store!!
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Feb 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Erin (work)
Jun 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: tween, ya, realistic
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.

Sep 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teenage girls
Recommended to Sarah by: internet
This is a really good book and it's definely one of my favs!!!!! ...more
May 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This book will be out in paperback June 1st!
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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Chelsey George
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
Karen Rowley
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book 15
Katie had to move from New York-where she has lived her whole life-to a place way out in the middle of nowhere. Her sister starts getting new friends and becomes popular. Katie gets one new friend named Autumn. She meets Autumns huge dog that scares her to death. Katie at her old school was like a professional Ballet dancer, and her Autumn is obsessed with Ballet also. Katie gets to visit her old friends for a little while in New York. Katie and her sister get in a huge fight and don't
Feb 12, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cringe
I remember carrying this book around sans book jacket, and my seventh grade math teacher pulled it out of my grasp saying something like "I must know what it is...It's so PINK." Her face fell when she read the title and put it back without another word, mind you this was an age appropriate book and a public school. Anyways, I remember the protagonists narration feeling juvenile and her description of country/small town outfits to be apt (speaking from experience), and her description of Manhatta ...more
Kayla Go-Oco
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was okay because I think it was meant for middle schoolers and wasn't a mature book. It's about two sisters that do ballet and find out they're moving. The author talks about how their life is impacted by this change for the rest of the book. ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is just legitimately good. It has real feelings. The main character doesn't want life as she knows it to change, but change happens and she learns to roll with it and eventually make friends and thrive. ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this for a quick and easy read. It was that. Pretty predictable. Sisters going through a big change and their relationship gets strained.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
what mother would name her kid katie, and how many ways can you pronounce michaela? the names were throwing me off the whole book. as a russian it confused me too much.
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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
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
Karlie B
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Have you ever moved and felt out of place?Have you tried to fit in?The year my sister got lucky, is a book you can read when you are trying to fit in with the people around you after you move.Its about a girl who's life changed when she moved from the big city to the country. ...more
Dec 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Haydee R
Nov 06, 2011 is currently reading it
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.
Dec 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
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Aimee Friedman was born and raised in Queens, New York, in an apartment filled with books and different languages. She wrote her first story at the age of five, and was off and running from there. Aimee wrote all through her years as a student at the Bronx High School of Science and then Vassar College. After graduating from college in 2001, she became a children's book editor, a job she still doe ...more

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