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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 somewhere in the eye of her personal hurricane, it hits Lanie that she once had dreams too. 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. 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.

©2009 Katherine Carter (P)2009 Random House Audio

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Funny and comforting

Better than I had hoped it would be
Comforting and simple but I enjoyed it
Nothing to unnerve me or to dread within

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  • william e. setty
  • 03-10-19

Slower story, big payout

A lovely examination of a marriage and true intimacy. The characters were believable and the kind of people we want to root for even in their less than perfect moments.
Well worth my time, and probably something I will reread.

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  • Amanda Bryant
  • 14-07-16

A MUST FOR ALL MOTHERS!!

What did you love best about Everyone Is Beautiful?

As a mother to 5 I can totally identify with this book. When you become a mother you lose yourself and it is so hard to see your way out. I have never read a book that addresses this issue. It was a fiction book but has a lot of truth to it. I adores this book.

What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Wonderful narration.

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  • Kami
  • 01-01-15

Finished at Long last

This book took me a long time to finish. Not because it was long or difficult to read but because it never caught my interest for long periods of time. It read like a soap opera plays-I could come back and remember right where I left off with all the characters and their nuisances the same. I'm glad I stuck with it and finished it... The end was worth the read.

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  • Ioana
  • 08-04-10

a light book that makes you think

I enjoyed this light book that deals with the common problems in marriage: balancing selfishness versus giving, time alone and time with children, keeping desire alive, finding meaning in one's life as a woman and mother. It is well written and entertaining, and it was a great holiday audiobook.

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  • Stephanie - The Bookish Boy Mom
  • 12-06-21

A Perfect Life Reflection

As a fan of Center's more recent work, I am currently working through her backlist of older novels. I tackled this one via audio and it was a really quick listen. "Everyone is Beautiful" is a perfect reflection of what life is like when a woman loses herself to the trenches of marriage, motherhood and every day life. I think if you're a mother or a been married for many years, you will find yourself within the pages of this book. Center weaves humor and real life moments throughout "Everyone is Beautiful", giving me a relatable read with a feel good ending.

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  • James
  • 17-05-21

Loved this book!

Loved the “realness” of this story with the complexities & messiness of parenthood and marriage. Most important is honesty of feeling, emotion, and relationship.

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  • diann bryan
  • 07-05-21

A great story for Mom’s

This was so entertaining and the many laugh out loud moments of Motherhood were priceless!
Lanie and Peter lost each other in the day to day life but find each other too.

Finding beauty in the everyday life things and bringing positivity into the story Katherine Center spreads joy with her words.

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  • "robynd"
  • 14-12-20

Dull story

This book just is not like her others. There’s really just not enough story to it, and the characters are not very well drawn. It just never felt real to me. Or maybe it was too real and the story felt too ordinary

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  • nerdyduckling
  • 12-11-20

DNF - Where is the plot?

The narration is fine. Story is slow, 3 hours in and it's more like a diary than a novel.

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  • BBowers
  • 11-11-20

very enjoyable book

I enjoyed listening to this book due to both the story and the reader. It was an uplifting distraction.