23 March 2009

North of Beautiful; Justina Chen Headley

North of Beautiful North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

Terra (yep, that's her name) is beautiful, from behind. From the front, you see her port wine stain - and she's become expert at covering it up, deflecting. She (and her brothers and mother) are also expert at deflecting their father's verbal abuse. Then she meets Jacob, and learns that True Beauty, like True North, isn't exactly where one thinks it is.

Despite the obvious signs that All Will Work Out Somehow, and the generic bones of the plot, this book really works. Perhaps it's because Terra and Jacob make for interesting people, or perhaps it's because there's enough going on outside the generic plot (a trip to China, geocaching) that make it interesting.

It doesn't matter which, though. Read this.

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