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Everyone is Beautiful

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  4,520 ratings  ·  686 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 ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published 2009)
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Susanne  Strong
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
3 Stars.

What do you do when the person you once were is lost to you? When your days consist of taking care of three young boys and looking after a husband who is living his dream, while you are not?

Ask Lanie. After moving to Cambridge, MA from Houston, her life consists of diapers and bath time, parks and Tonka trucks and listening to her husband play piano for hours on end. The day she walks by a gym offering specials, she makes a decision. It’s time to do something for herself. And so it
Apr 25, 2009 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
May 08, 2016 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 narrator in the audioboook was reading diary entries. Maybe the book was better. Recommended to new moms. You will be able to relate a great deal! I will ...more
Jennifer Kyle
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chic-lit, beach-read
3.5 Stars: “Everyone is beautiful” is my second novel I’ve read by Katherine Center. Center is an author that you can depend upon to find empathy with her characters. Her main character is authentic and voices those little insecurities you live with and think no one else has.

The narrator, Lanie Coates is a thirty-something mom with three exuberant boys (oh no!), two of them in diapers. Her husband Peter is a musician trying to make it in the professional world. Lanie was an artist, but needed to
Kris Irvin
May 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 17, 2009 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
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED, LOVED this book! It spoke to my heart. Lanie has lost herself while being a mother and wife. The book follows her through her journey to find herself again. The characters along the way are quirky and the relationships she forms are very plausible, other moms on the playground, etc. The author made me feel like I was along for the ride as Lanie puts the focus on herself and what makes her happy. A great read for anyone that has looked and the mirror and wondered who they were in the ...more
Aug 25, 2012 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
Oct 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: someone needing quality light reading
Recommended to Relyn by: spotted at the library
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't fabulous literature. It was just a very nice story. The characters were likable and very real. They struggle with the same things we struggle with. I loved the messages that I found in this book. I loved that this book portrayed marriage well. I love that Center shows that marriage is (or can be) beautiful, even when it is a whole lot of hard work; that marriage is worth working at; that intimacy is much more valuable than excitement and adventure. And, of ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Nice, but didn't make me excited.
Mar 20, 2009 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 ...more
Mar 05, 2014 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
Jenni Morgan
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I discovered Katherine Center this summer when Brene Brown lauded How To Walk Away. I loved it, and began reading her other novels in descending order. It has been interesting to watch Center grow as an author book by book, because of what I noticed wasn’t there in her earlier books. My favorite is when a work of fiction is so on point that it feels real. Everyone Is Beautiful has these moments. Stick with Center. By the time you get to her most recent novels she is able to capture your ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a book is a good book because of where you are in your life when you read it. The book speaks to you in that moment in a way that next week, next month or next year it may not have.

This is an easy, fun read about parenting and marriage, self and discovery. For all the moms in the trenches- the diapers, butt-wiping, peeling of cuties and oranges and cutting of grapes and apple slices, the “how long has this cheerio been in my hair” to “when was the last time I shaved my legs” trenches,
Jun 29, 2009 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, ...more
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

I needed to read something different and funny and this book fit the bill.

Lanie’s life takes an abrupt turn when her husband’s new job uproots her family from their Texas home and into a 3rd floor 2 bedroom apartment in Massachusetts. She is with her kids, three under the age of 4, 24/7. While visiting a nearby park one day she reconnects with a classmate from high school and this gives her at least one adult to share things with and keep her sane. Her husband is wrapped up in
May 22, 2009 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
Dec 14, 2013 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, ...more
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
A well-written if fairly predictable and banal story about a fairly traditional modern family, Everyone Is Beautiful is the story of a harried mother of three young children coping with life on a tight budget of money and time, trying to remember who she is among the chaos. Center writes about motherhood with a knowing skill, with moments of smirks and guffaws and exhaustion that seem as though you could be reading a story about any young family. Not a whole lot happens in this book, and the ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Ashton Noel
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book about a mom of 3 very young boys who has lost herself, her body is no longer her own and feels so insecure in her skin. This book was about rediscovering herself, appreciating her husband and marriage more and trying to feel more confident in her skin. I really enjoyed this book. Highly recommend.
Jun 29, 2009 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.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ll read anything this author writes. Heartwarming and sweet without being shallow and silly. Love it.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Katherine Center just might be my current favorite joy-read novelist. She's funny. She's real. She's hopeful. Her characters get back up after life knocks them down.

This is my third KC novel, after How to Walk Away and Happiness for Beginners.
While I maybe didn't love this one quite as much, maybe I did. Having survived early motherhood with five kiddos, myself, I didn't always relate (I kind of disagree with stereotypical boy behaviors), but more importantly - I often did. I loved the joy and
Stacy Stosich
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, I guess Katherine Center is sort of a favorite author of mine now? I inhaled How to Walk Away over Christmas, I chose her book Happiness for Beginners for my book club a year ago (and re-read it which I never do). I recently watched a Ted-X talk of hers which was interesting, and I've picked up another now. This book doesn't follow the exact formula of the other two I've read, but it still follows her core value of writing about women who are struggling with something, and embracing the ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely a right book at the right time situation. I really enjoy Center’s writing style, because she narrates a little like the voice in my head. Her characters are funny, flawed, and like a good friend. What I was really left with here was a motivation to do better for myself in the way of hobbies and self care and some extra gratitude for my hubby, who I can’t imagine doing this whole life thing without. Would recommend this book for someone who wants romance from a married perspective or a ...more
Oct 16, 2015 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
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Katherine Center is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away, the upcoming Things You Save in a Fire (August 2019), and five other bittersweet comic novels. Six Foot Pictures is currently adapting her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, into a feature film starring Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, and Nora Dunn. Katherine has been compared to both Nora Ephron and Jane Austen, and the Dallas ...more
“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.” 55 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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