Everyone is Beautiful, by Katherine Center, a review by Toni.
First of all, I want to thank Dar from Peeking Between the Pages for this book. I won the ARC on her blog a long time ago. Thank you Dar.
I started this book about three weeks ago. I planned to just devour it in a day or so. It didn't happen that way for me and that is my fault, not the book's. I had heard so many wonderful things about the book, but a few pages into it, all the mommy stuff, sticky hands, brat kids and what not, it just drove me nuts. I didn't even find it all that funny either. I kept thinking, why do I want to read about this mother of three, pudgy from pregnancy, blah blah ... once again......been there done that and DON'T want to read a book about it (anymore) Once again, I will tell you that it was entirely my attitude or maybe just my mood.
Final result: The book was heartwarming, down-to-earth, and yes, funny. Before long I found myself enjoying it, smiling through the kid episodes. For me the book took off when issues were more centered around Lanie, Peter, Amanda, Nora, Nelson and Josh. I liked the adult elements/themes of the book. After all is said and done, I put this one in the pile of books I would recommend, and books I enjoyed. I shed a tear at the end and did a girl power fist pump too! ( I am passing it along to my daughter).
It was charming and if you want to get lost in a sweet book, I'd say this should do the trick. I don't usually categorize books as a "beach read" or "summer" read because all books are anytime read depending on life. But if you need one for the beach bag, or travel tote, I'd toss this one in for sure. I hope this is the book that breaks my reading slump.
Have a great weekend!