Book Review: North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This book was exceptionally well-written and humorous. This book also fit my 2015 reading category of: A book written by a female author! Three down and many more to go!

North Of Beautiful


Terra Cooper is perfect. Or so it seems with her flawless skin, petite body, and long blond hair. However, most people immediately notice the port wine stain on her cheek that can’t really be hidden by her hair. Terra is desperate to get the scar removed but her mom, and an encounter with a stranger, are about to change that.

Terra and her mom are driving when they get into a car crash with a boy names Jacob and his mother, Nora. Terra’s mother, Lois, and Nora immediately hit it off after apologizing to each other about the accident. Jacob and Terra are strangely formal to each other but soon grow to be friends. To Terra, Jacob is the only one who sees her and understands her actions and  her ways.

Soon, Terra’s brother who lives in Shanghai, invites Terra and her mother to visit. Jacob and Nora end up going with them as their unofficial tour guides, because Jacob was actually adopted from an orphanage in Shanghai and his mom still remembers the place. While in Shanghai, Terra and Jacob make some discoveries about who they really are. However, a problem arises that has the potential to tear these two apart…

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: North of Beautiful (A Justina Chen Novel)


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