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About the Author

Aimee Friedman is the New York Times bestselling author of Sea Change, The Year My Sister Got Lucky, South Beach, French Kiss, Hollywood Hills, A Novel Idea, and Breaking Up. Born and raised in Queens, Aimee now lives in Manhattan.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Point (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439922275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439922272
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an author of teen novels, as well as a book editor, living and working in New York City. NYC is where I was born, and have lived all my life, barring brief stints in glamorous Poughkeepsie, and (truly) sublime Aix-en-Provence, France. When I am not click-clacking on my trusty laptop or making pencil marks on manuscripts, I am happiest sharing good meals with good friends, losing myself in the pages of a thick novel, a poetry collection, or a magazine, exploring New York City on foot, browsing the Nanette Lepore boutique in SoHo, watching almost any kind of movie, laughing so hard my stomach hurts, and dancing around my room listening to (as of late) Ray Charles. Writing is my passion, and when I am away from my characters and stories, I miss them tremendously. I hope this blog (plog?) will give me a chance to connect with my readers, and see the world beyond the blank page.
Please visit me online at www.aimeefriedmanbooks.com

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book 'Em Danno on June 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Katya, a.k.a. Katie, and her sister Michaela Wilder are sisters and best friends that were born and raised in New York city. They study ballet and their best friends do the same. Katie is 14 and going to be a freshman in high school, Michaela is 17 and going to be a senior. Michaela is the great ballerina and the envy of her dancemates while Katie has to try very hard to be good at ballet.

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on December 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Katie and her perfect sister, Michaela, have a brand new life in the country.

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
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Stein VINE VOICE on June 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Katya Wilder, better known as Katie, is tired of being the last one in her family to know everything. So when she finally finds out that she has to move from New York City to some little town neat Canada called Fir Lake, it's natural that she freaks out. After all, she has to leave behind the only place she's ever called home, the prestigious Anna Pavlova dancing school, and all her dancing friends.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nonna Henry on April 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This books was very catchy it got my attention immediately and I enjoy the book between two sister. And how they used to bond until they move out of the city and how her sister change. I felt bad for Katie trying to get used to the new place and making new friends. I felt like this story is something every sister goes though. I recommend this book it about growing up and realizing that everything can't stay the same and it's about accepting good new things in life.
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Format: Paperback
I really liked the characters. Katie was slightly naive and could be whiny, but you really grew to love her. Michaela was really interesting: first, her dream is to dance. Then she falls in love and finds her place in a small town. Who would have guessed?

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.
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