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North of Beautiful by Justina Chen
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May 21, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult-lit
Read in August, 2009

Terra lives with a large port wine stain on almost half of her face. She has learned to deal with her abnormality with makeup and by sculpting her body into that of a model's. Her mother is supportive, but weak, and her father loves to control his family through the calm yet terrifying power of words. When Terra meets Jacob, an Asian boy with a cleft pallet, her idea of beauty begins to change.

This book would be a great book discussion for mothers and daughters. Every woman will somehow relate to a character in the book and find a way of discovering the beauty in them, whether it is a talent, a thought, or just a smile. Headley is able to do this with just text on a page, woven into a wonderful story of a teenage girl dealing with her family and trying to discover how to become her own person outside of her port wine stain. This realistic fiction is a must have for any YA collection.
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Tracy I fell in love with this book. I totally agree that this would be a very interesting Mother Daughter discussion book. I loved the depth of the relationships shown here.

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