Born with a port-wine stain birthmark covering her entire right cheek, Terra Rose Cooper is ready to leave her stifling, small Washington town where everyone knows her for her face. She plans to escape to an East Coast college, thinking this is her true path. When her father intercepts her acceptance letter, Terra is pushed off-course.
When she meets Jacob, a handsome but odd goth Chinese boy who was adopted from China as a toddler, Terra lands on a new path. Jacob immediately understands Terra's battle with feeling different, and both eventually embark on a journey of self-discovery in China, where they learn to accept their own true beauty.
North of Beautiful is the engaging third YA novel by Justina Chen Headley. This is a gorgeously-written, compelling book featuring universal themes of defining true beauty, family bonds, personal strength, and love.
Praise for North of Beautiful: [star] "Headley's finely crafted novel traces a teen's uncharted quest to find beauty...Rewarding." -- Publisher's Weekly, starred review
[star] "Look out, Sarah Dessen. You may have met your match in Headley." -- Kirkus, starred review
[star] "A finely crafted, artfully written journey of self-discovery, self-actualization, and love." -- Booklist, starred review
"Written in a beautiful crated style that flows seamlessly...a moving and satisfying story." -- School Library Journal
Praise for Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies): Asian Pacific American Library Association (APALA) Gold Medal Winner Book Sense Pick Border's Original Voice nominee 2007 IRA Children's Book Award Notable Book New York Public Library Teen Pick Chicago Public Library Best of the Best
[star] "Headley makes an impressive debut with this witty, intimate novel." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
Justina Chen Headley's life were a map, it would be dotted with destinations from around the world. Despite her ability to get lost anywhere, she revels in traveling and has lived in Australia and China. Her first young adult novel, Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies), won the 2007 Asian Pacific American Award for Youth Literature. Her second book, featuring a gutsy snowboarder, Girl Overboard, won praise from Olympic Gold Medalist and fellow snowboarder Hannah Teter. Justina is a co-founder of readergirlz, an online book community for teens, and lives in Washington with her two children. You can visit her online at justinachenheadley.com.