North of Beautiful (A Justina Chen Novel)

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 9 - 12Grade 6n/a5.9104332
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.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published on February 1, 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316025054
ISBN-13: 9780316025058
2 Book Reviews
Add a Rating
  • grapefruit
    grapefruitSunday, September 10, 2017 at 3:24 am44 stars
    Terra Cooper has this big, red birthmark that cannot be removed by any sort of surgery.Her overprotective dad does not treat her like a big girl as she is and her two brothers,Claudius and Merc are constantly having arguments with family members .Her boyfriend Erik is sweet, but he does not quite understand her feelings.Terra learns to embrace herself and to find pleasure in everything.Good book
    • sparrow123
      sparrow123Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8:15 am55 stars
      It's amazing! It is for an older age group and the reading level is high. If you aren't good with understanding and inferring what words mean you will have trouble. But, besides that anyone can read it! Well, the male gender may struggle to enjoy this book, but if you're a girl who loves hilarious and romantic novels... This is the book for you!