The Year My Sister Got Lucky
May 16, 2011
.Came out: January 1, 2008
Source: Barnes & Noble
Age Group: Young Adult
When Katie and Michaela Wilder are uprooted from NYC and planted in rural Fir Lake, Katie is horrified by their new surroundings: the too-friendly neighbors, the local uniform of sandals paired with socks, the very idea of milking a cow. But while Katie suffers through shopping withdrawal, Michaela transforms into a small-town social firefly, flirting with the hot quarterback and soaking up nature with her new hick-town friends. As in, people who think camping is *fun*. Does Katie even know her sister anymore? And after Michaela hides a jaw-dropping secret from her, does Katie even want to?
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. Although, this is realistic because I have to admit that if I were told I had to uproot my life to move to a really random place, I’d probably be upset too. I liked how nature played a big role in this. I also liked the memories that Katie recalls about her and Michaela when they were younger and how they were weaved throughout the book.
The ending was absolutely adorable. It was cute, satisfying, and nicely wrapped up the story. This book is great if you want a book about love, family, friends, or life in general.
Katie and Michaela Wilder are sisters as well as best friends. They have the same group of friends and the same group of activities. Both born in New York City, they both love the feel of concrete beneath their feet, the roar of the subway and the glamour of their world-class dance school. However, things change and they have to move from the city to a town called Fir Lake that has cows, fields and mountains. It is basically a city girls worst nightmare. Katie is suffering from city and shopping withdrawal while Michaela transforms into a little social butterfly. Michaela finds a bunch of new friends and starts to go out with the hot quarterback. Katie, thinking that her sister had betrayed her, is wondering whether or not her sister is actually related to her. After finding that her sister had hid a jaw-dropping secret, does she even want to be related and know anymore? This book reminds us of the importance of having sisters and having someone that you trust. It also talks about the importance of fitting in and learning to understand your surroundings. It is no good to remain stuck in a city-mode when you are in a country area. As Katie learns to deal with her problems, she finds that it does not matter where she is or where she lives, what matters is what she does and how she gets along in doing it.
This was a great book that dealt with sibling relationships and fresh starts. Two sisters leave NYC and promising dance careers behind for a small town. The older sister (the more talented dancer) immediately fits in and takes to the new lifestyle, while the younger one still feels attached to her old life. It's almost painful to see Katie watch Michaela move on and push her out of her life.
In the end, we find that Michaela has done a 180 where her future ambitions are concerned. It is sad in some ways, but still very good.
I'd highly recommend this book to anyone interested in ballet or dance of any kind. Very intriguing.
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, its natural that she freaks out. After all, she has to leave behind the only place shes 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. Shes accepted at the popular table, and with all her new friends, it seems as if she doesnt 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 doesnt tell her anything.
Its 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 Pavlovas, 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 didnt have the same idea, and because Michaela kept this secret from Katie, things started to get difficult between them. Katies struggles are very realistic, and many times, I felt like I was inside her head and because we are so similar. Everything made sense in this book, and I like that because I didnt have to figure everything out for myself.
I highly recommend The Year My Sister Got Lucky to all girls. In my opinion, it is Aimee Friedmans best novel yet. I look forward to more novels of this depth and style from her.
Michaela is more than Katie's sister- she's also her best friend. When they move to a small community Katie expects it to stay that way.
Unfortunately, things are about to change. Michaela, quiet, ballet-obsessed Michaela, has new friends and even a boyfriend. Katie, on the other hand, is pretty unpopular at the school. She doesn't like the rural community and she misses her old friends and her old ballet school. And she misses her old relationship with Michaela
Michaela used to tell her everything. Not anymore. Can things get any worse?
This book is a touching tale of sisterhood. The characters were believable and the story easy to relate to.