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The Year My Sister Got Lucky Hardcover – January 1, 2008
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Their mother is a college professor and their father is a writer. The parents decide to move the family to Fir Lake, New York for the mom to teach there. While Michaela takes the move in stride and embraces it, Katie fights it tooth and nail. She doesn't understand what Michaela sees in this small town and blames the move on the distance that grows in their relationship. As the story moves on, we find out why Michaela was so happy for the move from the big city to a small town and the effects of her secrecy on Katie.
There's too much that I liked about this book to put in a review. Katie's sarcasm is perfect and although only 14 her observations are those that both young and old can appreciate. This is a coming of age story that includes a younger sibling coming to realize she may just want to be something other than just like her sister. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Katie and Michaela visit their New York ballet instructor and friends over the holiday. They see the startling differences after only four months between themselves and their friends since the move. I thought this was a key part to have in the book as Katie comes to realize that Fir Lake may not be so bad after all. The only thing that didn't really connect the storyline for me was the Emmaline character but I guess she was necessary for Katie to realize a talent other than ballet.
Overall, this is a great read from Aimee Friedman that I highly recommend.
In their previous life, they've lived in New York City and danced ballet under the watchful eye of a legendary ballerina. But things have changed, and now Katie is lost on her own while her sister transforms into the queen bee of the social scene. Soon Michaela's dating the hottest guy in school and her best friends don't include Katie.
The two of them always shared secrets, but now Michaela barely talks to her about real life. Katie feels stung by her sister's betrayal.
Can sisters really be best friends?
Aimee Friedman dissects the sister relationship in her new book THE YEAR MY SISTER GOT LUCKY. The relationship between Katie and Michaela will captivate readers and the divergence from her usual characters will not be disappointing.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
Katie refuses to accept the new town that she lives in and all the people who live there. Her sister Michaela, by contrast, seems to fit right in. She's accepted at the popular table, and with all her new friends, it seems as if she doesn't have time for Katie anymore. But what hurts Katie most of all is that her sister used to be so close to her, and now Michaela doesn't tell her anything.
It's this hurt that influences Katie to grow apart from her sister. But some good things do result from this: Katie finds a friend in Autumn, a girl who likes both camping and dancing. Katie also finds out that the dancing school in Fir Lake is nothing in comparison with Anna Pavlova's, and that she likes yoga. The story follows Katie as she struggles to make her way through her first year in high school, along with her boy, friendship, and sisterly problems.
The Year My Sister Got Lucky was an incredibly well-written book about sisterhood. Even though I do not have the same sisterly bond with my sister as Katie has with Michaela, it was very easy to understand where Katie was coming from. All she really wanted when moving to the new town was for things to be normal and for her sister to be the same. But her sister didn't have the same idea, and because Michaela kept this secret from Katie, things started to get difficult between them.Read more ›
I loved the emphasis of dance. I am a dancer, so I absolutely adored the description of it. I completely identify with both Katie and Michaela and loved their relationship as sisters. Katie feels slightly betrayed that Michaela is branching out and Michaela starts to miss what they used to have. I liked their "tradition" of watching the stars together. It was very sweet.
Plus, I love how Katie starts to discover herself. First, she thinks that she belongs in the city as a ballerina at a prestigious dance school and dreads the thought of moving out to the country. She is also upset that her parents kept this fact from her and she barely found out from Michaela. Katie was innocent and sweet. She found herself falling in love, making friends, and finding her place in Fir Lake.
I really enjoyed the description of her friendship with Autumn and how she originally described her as a hick, but now realizes that appearances aren't everything. I loved watching her go through her first year in high school, love, friendship and family. I also enjoyed "Katya"s relationship with her Russian mother and her father. While not a lot of detail was put into those scenes, they were very well-written and connects you to the character.
I liked how Katie turned to yoga and tried to help Emmaline with the problems that she thought she had. Katie was very caring, but could be slightly selfish.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two sisters move from New York City where they have grown up studying Ballet. Once in their new home, Katie and her older sister Michaela are forced to start a new life. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by msmrlsue
I read this book about 4 or 5 years ago & it became my favorite. I bought it last month & it still keeps me hooked. It's a book that can grasp ahold of our reality. Read morePublished on February 9, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Fourteen-year-old Katie Wilder has her whole world figured out. She and her older sister Michaela are best friends and ballerinas at a prestigious dance school in New York City. Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by Miss Print
Summary: Katie and Michaela are ballerinas, sisters, and best friends whose relationship undergoes significant changes when their family moves from NYC to small town Fir Lake. Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by bookworm1858
Katie and her sister Michaela are extremely close, more like best friends. They have lived in New York all their lives, both attend a prestigious ballet school and both love their... Read morePublished on August 12, 2009 by Claire L. Peucker
My 11 year-old daughter checked this out at the library, despite the questionable title, although I told her I would be reading it with her. Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by Me
Even though I'm 14, the same age as Katie, I found her completely unrelateable. Her sense of humor and personality were far too young and immature at some parts and too old at... Read morePublished on November 22, 2008 by Valerie Taylor
It can be very hard to follow in your mother's footsteps - especially when you're wearing pointe shoes.
Irina used to be a dancer in Russia. Read more