Friday, March 26, 2010

Book #34 of 2010 ...

I was (am) already reading a book when I picked up this next book from my stack. The only reason I picked it up is because I was upstairs and I was too lazy to walk down to get the book I was already reading. (That might be a clue as to why I can't lose the last 10 pounds I want to lose.)

Book #33 of 2010 was "Everyone is Beautiful" by Katherine Center

Everything in Lainie Coates’ life is changing. Her husband receives a scholarship to a prestigious music school, so the family moves from her native Houston to Cambridge, Massachusetts. While Peter is involved with his studies, Lainie feels lost and alienated caring for her three young sons until she meets Amanda, an acquaintance from high school, at a local park. Lainie is at her frumpiest—in sweatpants, still carrying the weight from her baby—when a stranger asks when her baby is due. Mortified, she lies. How does one explain her error to gorgeous Amanda with her perfect daughter? This embarrassing incident starts Lainie on the path to her own self-discovery, that is, if she can find the time and the outlet.

A book about a woman who becomes a mom and then loses her figure and her self identity ... I think I can relate to that! Laine is every woman who is both wife and mom at some point in their lives. Don't we all compare ourselves to peers and find ourselves lacking at times? Or lose ourselves completely in our kids to the detriment of both our marriage and ourselves? It is such a hard balance and I think Center does a great job of describing it. Perhaps the ending is a bit too neat but I am a sucker for a happy ending.

Next up is ... well, I guess I better finish the book I started before I started (and finished this one).

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katherine Center said...

Yay! So glad you liked it!!!!!

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