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North of Beautiful by Justina Chen
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Jan 10, 11

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Read from January 08 to 09, 2011

Many of the books I read I would describe as good, sad or amazing. But this book, unlike any other, would be described as beautiful. Although not every teenager has a port-wine stain on their face, many of them, including myself, are insecure with themselves. This book is amazing because it shows how a girl learns to accept herself and that others can see the beauty in her without all the makeup she wears to hide the stain. My favourite part of the book was probably when Terra met Peoney in China and made her smile, accepting themselves for who they are. This was an amazing, beautiful and emotionnal book. A must read.
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Justina Chen
“To dream is to starve doubt, feed hope.”
Justina Chen, North of Beautiful

Justina Chen
“Without looking at Jacob, I said slowly, 'Well, it seeps into you. It doesn't make you forget yourself, but totally the opposite.' I chance a glance at him. He was watching me intently. No glaze in his eyes. So I continued more bravely: 'It connect you with everything and fills you with awe that you share the same space with something that glorious. Like a sunrise on a clear blue day of the most extraordinary piece of glass. And then suddenly'--my hands escaped their tight grip in my lap, and now my fingers splayed wide like fireworks in the air--'you have this epiphany that there's more to the world than just you and what you want or even who you are.”
Justina Chen, North of Beautiful

Justina Chen
“Getting lost is just another way of saying 'going exploring.”
Justina Chen, North of Beautiful
tags: lost

Justina Chen
“I just told Max flatly, "I had laser surgery last week to lighten my birthmark," as if it was no big deal.
Oh yeah?" he said. Unexpectedly, Max swiveled around, yanked his pants down.
The last thing I thought I had wanted to see tonight was Merc walking out the door. I was wrong. It was this stranger's rear end. "Please don't tell me this is one of those stripping telegrams?”
Justina Chen, North of Beautiful

Justina Chen
“Wait!"
What?" I lowered my cup hastily, wondering if maybe there was a stray hair, or worse, a newly boiled bug inside my cup.
You got to smell it first. It's the proper way to cup coffee."
Cup coffee?"
Taste it."
What? Are you the coffee police or something?”
Justina Chen, North of Beautiful

Justina Chen
“Beauty—real everlasting beauty—lives not on our faces, but in our attitude and our actions. It lives in what we do for ourselves and for others.”
Justina Chen, North of Beautiful

Justina Chen
“Flawed, we're truly interesting, truly memorable, and yes, truly beautiful.”
Justina Chen, North of Beautiful

Justina Chen
“If Jacob was right and clothes were costumes and makeup a mask, then our attitudes and habits must be our shields.”
Justina Chen, North of Beautiful

Justina Chen
“That's when it struck me: how gorgeous we all were, even with cellulite (saw a lot of that) and stretch marks, scars and tattoos. Let me just say this, not single body was perfect, not even the fittest of women there.”
Justina Chen, North of Beautiful

Justina Chen
“I hated roses. I hated them for being so trite, so clichéd, a default, all-purpose flower that said I love you, I'm sorry, and get well soon. Give me peonies and tulips, orchids or gardenia. Those were flowers with character.”
Justina Chen, North of Beautiful

Justina Chen
“This is beautiful," I said, ignoring the shop window to trace the gleaming stone walls fronting another boutique.
"You know what's funny?" Jacob asked. He didn't wait for my answer. "You can see beauty in everything, except for yourself."

***

I swallowed hard. Erik thought my body was beautiful, Karin that it was enviable. At random times, people had noted that my hands were beautiful, or my hair. The Twisted Sisters had called my art beautiful. Mom had the best intentions and always told me before and after my laser surgeries that I would be beautiful. But no one had ever said that I was beautiful, all my parts taken together, not just the bits and pieces.”
Justina Chen, North of Beautiful

Justina Chen
“What swells inside me is a love so boundless, I am the sunrise and sunset. I am Liberty Bell in the Cascades. I am Beihai Lake. I am every beautiful, truly beautiful, thing I've ever seen, captured in my personal Geographia, the atlas of myself.”
Justina Chen, North of Beautiful

Justina Chen
“But the truly brilliant geocachers?"
"Yeah?" he says. "What about us?"
"They know it by its real name. Terra Firma."
"Terra Firma," he repeats. At last, he slips his backpack off his shoulder. I know what he's looking for.
I take a breath. "You don't need your GPS for this cache."
His eyes don't move off mine; he's watching me so carefully. "You don't, huh?"
"Nope," I say.
Some things are meant to be kept - what you learn from experiences good or bad, smiles from an orphaned girl, a boy who is your compass pointing to your True North. So I look at Jacob full in the face with nothing obscuring him. Or me. And then I step closer to him. And closer. And closer yet.
"Here I am," I tell him. "Here I am.”
Justina Chen, North of Beautiful


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