Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Book Review: everyone is beautiful

I found Katherine Center’s second book last month purely on accident.

I was on my way out of a bookstore when I saw the cover—noticed her name—and grabbed it off the shelf without thinking twice.

everyone is beautiful (Ballantine Books)
(who doesn't appreciate blue cupcakes?--->)

As a reader and fan of The Bright Side of Disaster (I own the hardback with the Rubber Ducky cover), I had some idea as to what I was in store for—and I was not disappointed.

Even though I chose to do my parenting vicariously (through friends and loved ones), I didn’t feel out of the loop within this Mommy-centered novel.

Our hero, Lanie Coats, is both brave and funny as she tries to figure out life in a new town with two rambunctious boys under the age four and a still-nursing baby.

We have a nicely drawn cast of characters—Khaki Pants, Amanda, the Mean Witch—who all provide hee-larious moments (outside of the realistic portrayal of children) and keep the story from becoming too baby, too childish, too I-want-to-put-the-book-down.

Adult life and themes are explored (bag o’ s-e-x toys) and there are even swoony moments (college art class) for the romantics.

Lanie finds herself and learns a great lesson (you will too); everyone is indeed beautiful!

I’ve already gotten the book back from one friend who adored it, you probably will as well.


1 comment:

Katherine Center said...

Hey there! Thank you so much for posting about Everyone Is Beautiful! I'm so glad you enjoyed it--and I'm so honored that you just saw my name and grabbed it off the shefl. I'm glad, too, that you feel that it's not just for moms! (I agree!) It's great that the book and characters made you laugh--and I so appreciate this fun review.


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