Tuesday, January 5, 2016

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley | Book Review

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley 

Reading Group: High School+

Personal Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Given Summary: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?

Cover: This novel has Terra on the front of it with her blond hair covering her port-wine stain.  There is also a compass overlaying her face.  This novel is very big on mapmaking and compasses, but also about discovery and finding yourself. 

My Review: There comes a time in our lives when we all just have to accept who we are and what we deserve.  The problem is that a lot of people discover it too late or chose to never act on it.  North of Beautiful reminds us that we are all beautiful even though we're not perfect.  Some of us eat too much or work to much or put on too much makeup to hide from something we don't want to go up against.  However, at some point we all have to admit what we're doing is wrong and we have to figure out a way to fix it.  For Terra it took a boy to help her realize that she was hiding, for Merc it was his little sister, and for Lois it was herself.  No matter what though, it comes from a place of trust, from someone who cares about you maybe even better than you care about yourself.  Coming to terms with who you are, under whatever circumstances you're in, is a hard thing to do.  And sometimes it takes getting out of your comfort zone to do that.  Headley reminds us all that even if we struggle to look past our faults, someone will.  Someone will love you enough to love the parts of you that you deem your flaws.  Her novel contains a great story and many life lessons that are important to know.  Plus, a little exploration never hurt anyone.  This book made me want to buy a GPS and start geocaching for myself.     

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