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
I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book. It’s been on my TBR for way over a year and I finally decided that I must sit down and read it it. Well, I didn’t love it. Do you ever read a book that everyone adores and you…don’t? Doesn’t that make you feel like something is wrong with you? That’s the way North of Beautiful made me feel.
I really love the concept of the story. I thought it was going to focus on Terra overcoming her struggles, and it did, but there’s also a lot more going on in the book. My biggest issue with the book is that I didn’t like Terra. I kept thinking I reach a point in the story where I would begin to like Terra, but that never happened. She was very…self centered. The only thing that made her sympathetic was her insecurities with her birthmark, and even then she was so defensive and prickly it was hard to relate. I guess that it’s understandable that she was like that because she had dealt with stares and comments her entire life, not to mention dealing with her evil father. But even after taking all of that into consideration I still couldn’t like her. I felt like she was a bad person. She treated everyone badly. Her boyfriend wasn’t the best but he’s all but forgotten about during most of the book when she could have easily broken up with him. There was nothing holding her back. Then she never tells Jacob that she even has a boyfriend! Ugh…it was like watching a train wreck. I also didn’t care much for her relationship with her mother. She was always talking about sticking up for her or intervening when her father was being nasty, but she never did it. I’m going to stop with the semi rant….I think you get my point.
There were a few things that I really liked about the story. Jacob was fabulous. I loved everything about that boy. I also really liked Terra’s mother. Her growth throughout the book was great and I really enjoyed seeing her come into her own. I also really liked that half of the book takes place in China. Yay for books with foreign settings!
Overall, I had some problems with the book, as you can see. But if you read other reviews you will see that I am definitely the minority. Most people loved it, but it wasn’t for me.