Review: North of Beautiful

March 31, 2010
I couldn’t believe it when I realized no one had posted a review on this book…

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

Summary: Terra would be beautiful if she didn’t have that port wine stain across half her face. She knows it; everyone tells her so. It’s why she has to have a perfect body, why she’s lucky to be with shallow boyfriend Erik, and part of the reason her jerk Dad is able to cut her down every single day. But one icy drive and a gothic Chinese stranger later, Terra’s life takes a new direction.

Review: If you’re anything like me (a fantasy geek), you’ll take one look at the cover of a girl’s face with her blond hair cascading down over half of it, and think… pretty, but no thanks.

And if you’re anything like me you’ll have a best friend who loves books like this, and tells you time and time again to read it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Same Girl, Different Story

June 22, 2009

As I was reading Evermore by Alyson Nöel (incidentally, one of the YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominations for 2009), I kept stopping and looking at the cover of the book.  There was something about it.  Today, it hit me: the girl on the cover of Evermore is the same as the girl on the cover of North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley.  See here:

Weird, huh?

At any rate, both books are fast reads.  They have a lot in common — themes include learning to accept yourself for who you are, living with your own imperfections, trying to create and maintain (and sometimes repair) relationships.  However, that’s where the similarities end. Read the rest of this entry »


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