North of Beautiful by Justina Chen
(A Justina Chen Novel)

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As the plot thickens and the characters are unfurled and revealed, you see hidden and subtle symbolism.
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As he continued to stare, I wanted to point to my cheek and remind him, But you were the one who wanted this, remember? You're the one who asked-and I repeat-Why not fix your face?

It's hard not to notice Terra Cooper.

She's tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably "flawed" face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob's path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?

Written in lively, artful prose, award-winning author Justina Chen Headley has woven together a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the meaning of true beauty.
 

About Justina Chen

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Justina Chen grew up near Buffalo, NY and San Francisco. After attending Stanford University she spent time in New York and Sydney, Australia before settling near Seattle, Washington, where she currently lives with her two children. Her first book, Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies), was a Book Sense pick, and her second novel, Girl Overboard, won praise from Olympic Gold Medalist and fellow snowboarder Hannah Teter. Her third novel, about a teen's quest for beauty, North of Beautiful, was critically acclaimed with starred reviews fromPublishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist.
 
Published January 6, 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 396 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Excellent
Reviewed by Frances Bradburn on Jan 01 2009

Headley maps out a wholly satisfying reading experience that takes readers from terra nullis to terra firma.

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Teen Reads

Good
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Feb 01 2009

Terra’s story will not easily be forgotten, and this wonderful novel should help bring a talented writer the larger audience she deserves.

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New York Public Library

Excellent
Reviewed by Emma Carbone on May 10 2009

...the story here was beautiful, and even I dare say life-affirming. Like Terra herself, readers will put down this book with a whole new outlook on... everything.

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School Library Journal

Good
Reviewed by School Library Journal on Feb 18 2009

As the plot thickens and the characters are unfurled and revealed, you see hidden and subtle symbolism.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by Stella Bella on Jan 01 2008

Whatever true beauty is to you I guarantee that you will enjoy and appreciate North of Beautiful as much as I did.

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Good
Reviewed by Lyn Seippel on Jan 01 2009

Headley has written a heartwarming story about the power of words and their ability to abuse and destroy confidence.

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