Everyone Is Beautiful by Katherine Center


Lanie Coates’ 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 somewhere in the eye of her personal hurricane, it hits Lanie that she once had dreams too. If only she could remember what they were.

These days, Lanie always seems to rank herself dead last–and when another mom accidentally criticizes her appearance, it’s the final straw. Fifteen years, three babies, and more pounds than she’s willing to count since the day she said “I do,” Lanie longs desperately to feel like her old self again. It’s time to rise up, fish her moxie out of the diaper pail, and find the woman she was before motherhood capsized her entire existence.

Lanie sets change in motion–joining a gym, signing up for photography classes, and finding a new best friend. But she also creates waves that come to threaten her whole life. In the end, Lanie must figure out once and for all how to find herself without losing everything else in the process.

Katherine Center’s Everyone Is Beautiful is a hugely entertaining, poignant, and charming new novel about what happens after happily ever after: how a woman learns to fall in love with her husband–and her entire life–all over again.

Being a stay at home mom of two young girls, ages 3 and 5, I was really looking forward to reading Katherine’s book.  And I was not disappointed.  I am not sure if I have read a book that I can relate to as much as I was able to relate to this one.  Giving up everything to support her husband’s dream of becoming a musician, Lanie decides it’s time to start finding her old self…especially after a mother in the park asks her when she’s due (she is not pregnant).  She joins a gym in hopes of gaining a little “me” time while trying to fit in a good workout at the same time.  And she really enjoys it.  But, her hubby even tries to take that away by joining the gym as well. 

Whether it was trying to wrangle the kids to go to the park while her husband is busy (been there) to trying to find herself again while trying to gain some “me” time, the author has hit the nail on the head when trying to describe what the life of most mothers is all about.  I laughed and cringed at the same time (if that’s even possible) as I have been in many of the same situations, and have felt many of the same emotions as the main character in Katherine’s story. 

This is an excellent book and I look forward to reading other books from this very talented author!

Katherine Center’s second novel, Everyone Is Beautiful, is featured in the March issue of Redbook. Kirkus Reviews likens it to the 1950s motherhood classic Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, and says, “Center’s breezy style invites the reader to commiserate, laughing all the way.” Booklist calls it “a superbly written novel filled with unique and resonant characters.” Katherine’s first novel, The Bright Side of Disaster, was featured in People Magazine, USA Today, Vanity Fair, the Houston Chronicle, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. BookPage named Katherine one of seven new writers to watch, and the paperback of Bright Side was a Breakout Title at Target. Katherine recently published an essay in Real Simple Family and has another forthcoming in Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers on the Mother-Daughter Bond this April. She has just turned in her third novel, Get Lucky, and is starting on a fourth. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and two young children. You can visit her website at .www.katherinecenter.com


EVERYONE IS BEAUTIFUL VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09 will officially begin on March 2 and end on March 27. You can visit Katherine’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in March to find out more about this talented author!

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3 responses to “Everyone Is Beautiful by Katherine Center

  1. I have been reading a lot of good things about this book online. I’d love to read the book itself!


  2. Thank you so much for this fantastic review! I’m so glad to hear you could relate to Lanie! I’m hearing that a lot, that her life is so much like so many mom’s lives as we try to balance all the things we need to do to help our kids thrive with the things we need to do for ourselves. Thank you for posting about the book!!

  3. I’ve got this one coming up next week and you know I don’t have children but I thorougly enjoyed it. I found myself laughing out loud many times.

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