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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345507916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345507914
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In her light third novel, Center (Everyone Is Beautiful) tackles sisterhood, but falls just short of poignancy. Sarah Harper is on the New York fast track at a top advertising agency until she grows a conscience overnight and sends out a companywide e-mail debunking her popular bra campaign. Fired, she flies home to Houston, where she crashes with her older sister, Mackie, and Mackie's husband, Clive. Turns out Mackie has problems of her own: after years of trying to have a baby, she announces she's done. In an effort to do something good for a change, Sarah offers herself up as a surrogate. In the nine pregnant months that follow, Sarah juggles unexpected feelings for her brother-in-law and expected feelings for an ex-boyfriend, and instead of the pregnancy bringing her and Mackie closer, it drives them apart. Witty dialogue and likable characters keep the pages turning, but Center glosses over the depth of emotion inherent in carrying your sister's baby to the point that you forget at times that Sarah is pregnant. It's a fun, breezy book, but it doesn't try to get to the heart of the matter. (Apr.)
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From Booklist

Sometimes the worst thing to happen turns out to be the best and vice versa. Sarah Harper does the unthinkable and forwards an inappropriate e-mail to the entire company, losing her job in advertising. Luckily she planned to go home to Houston to spend time with her sister Mackie and her husband. Unfortunately, on the plane, she sits next to Everett, the high-school boyfriend she unceremoniously dumped. After Sarah realizes how gorgeous and successful he is, Everett ruins the moment by making a snarky comment. Capriciousness takes over Sarah’s life as she decides to help Mackie with her infertility problem by becoming a surrogate. Sarah perceives this as a bonding time for the sisters, but things do not work out as planned, and Sarah finally recognizes that the loss of her mother at a young age had major effects on her life, her attitude toward love, and maybe even her luck. Center delivers an original, engaging, and touching novel populated with quirky and lovable characters, and ripe for discovery by readers looking for a cheering read. --Patty Engelmann

More About the Author

Katherine Center' s second novel, Everyone Is Beautiful, was featured in Redbook, People magazine and USA Today. 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, 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. Bright Side was also optioned last fall by Varsity Pictures.

Katherine recently published an essay in Real Simple Family and has another in Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers on the Mother-Daughter Bond. 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.

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Her characters are dynamic and multi-faceted.
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Normally it takes me months to get through a book, but luxuriating in the pleasure of reading Get Lucky became my number one priority for three days.
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Katherine Center does a wonderful job portraying the relationship between Sarah and her sister.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marcy on April 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program. Get Lucky is the story of Sarah Harper, a young New York professional who accidentally gets herself fired from her job which happened to be her whole life. She then flees home to Texas to hide out with her sister, lick her wounds and figure out what's next. When she gets home she discovers that her sister has a problem of her own and she devises what seems like the perfect plan for them both. Of course we all know it can't work out that easily.

The plot rolls on from there and is a thoroughly enjoyable story that does not disappoint. I loved all the characters -- especially a few of the minor ones and all-in-all this book made for a well-told, colorful story. I couldn't put the book down and was sad when it was over. It is a perfect vacation book, airplane book, or really anytime book. I will definitely read more from Katherine Center.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Catherine E. Shearer on April 10, 2010
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Katherine Center just keeps getting better and better. I LOVED this book!!!!

If you've ever had a sister or even a best friend, you'll recognize these people and their relationships.

I love that Katherine writes such real characters. I feel like I know these people and can relate to their lives, even though they're nothing like mine.

This is definitely a book to read and share.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julie Katepalli on April 18, 2010
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I absolutely love Katherine Center books and very much looked forward to Get Lucky. I hate to say this would be my favorite of her books as I love them all but it leaves you thinking on so many levels. What does judgement and anger really do for anyone of us unless we give ourselves a chance to change how we'd do something to make a situation better. I was glad that the focus was not on the fact that Sarah was carrying her sister's child and it really could have taken on an entirely different path if it wanted but Katherine stayed focus on Sarah's personal growth, the loss of her mother and the love of her sister and family.

Fast and meaningful read, my favorite!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nancy c. callanan on July 1, 2013
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I loved this book and all of her other ones as well. I think any woman would enjoy this book.
Her stories are extremely unique.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Txartgirl on July 5, 2013
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Get Lucky reads like the voice of a friend telling a story. The interaction between the sisters is so real that I many times thought I would have said the same thing to my sister. It is a warm, funny and delightful book to read. Time went quickly while I was reading, though I have to admit stretching it over a few evenings to have something to look forward to. It's that good!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Libby Ingrassia on May 19, 2010
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I sat down tonight to write the long-overdue (glowing, by the way) review of Katherine Center's Get Lucky. I pulled the book off the shelf and noticed the copy of Everyone is Beautiful that I had purchased immediately after finishing Get Lucky (but then I got distracted re-reading The Count of Monte Cristo; what can I say?). So, I pulled that one off the shelf, too, thinking it would be my reward after finishing my review.

Why don't I know better by now?

Apparently there is something about Katherine Center's books that grab me at a visceral level and refuse to let me go until I have slurped up every last touching word (and cried a little while doing so). So it's now about 3 hours later and I've finished Everyone is Beautiful and will now write my review of Get Lucky as my offering of gratitude for being inspired, shamed, comforted, terrified, and reassured.

The novel Get Lucky, is, as Center has said, about many things - sisters, babies, losing and finding yourself, parents, loss, giving, grief, best friends, love, and, of course, breasts. At the start of the novel, the protagonist, Sarah, is a high-powered ad exec in NYC, running a bra campaign. And she goes a little nuts when her sister, Mackie, forwards a link that contains hundreds of pictures of breasts. This crazy manifests in Sarah sending the link to everyone at work, and, unsurprisingly, getting fired for it. She rationalizes it a little, the way you do, and packs up for a Thanksgiving visit home to Houston.

En route, she runs into a high school boyfriend whose heart she'd crushed. She hopes for the kind of reunion we all hope for, years later. Unfortunately, Everett gives her an unexpected jab. We'll meet Everett again - he's also taken a job working with Sarah's brother-in-law.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Z. Williams on April 16, 2010
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Katherine's voice is warm, real, and grateful in this book about sisterhood and discovering how comforting others can bring comfort to oneself. There is also a sweet (and heartbreaking) story about libraries tucked in the middle.

A fast read because of the witty dialogue and compelling story, this is perfect for reading after the kids are in bed, or for reading on the beach, or pretty much any time you want to laugh, cry, and feel a little bit lucky that there are writers like Katherine out there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By product reviewer on April 12, 2010
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I read Get Lucky (the ebook on my phone) over the weekend. Normally it takes me months to get through a book, but luxuriating in the pleasure of reading Get Lucky became my number one priority for three days.

While Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's film Baby Mama got people talking about surrogacy, Get Lucky actually fleshes out what that experience might actually be like.

I don't want to spoil the fun, so just know that it is highly unlikely anyone will be disappointed with this book.
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