north of beautiful

by Captain Lyaf Yarr

Title: North of Beautiful
Author: Justina Chen Headley
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 384
Grade Reading Level: Grades 8-12

Summary: North of Beautiful is about a girl with a port-wine stain on her face. A port-wine stain is basically a big red birthmark. Tera faces many challenges, such as hiding port-wine stain with pounds of makeup, her urge to go to art school, and most of all, being verbally abused by her father. But when coming home from a laser surgery removal (to lighten the port-wine stain) she and her mom decide to stop for coffee but end up slipping on black ice, having the car spin out of control, and hitting a boy!

Why I Started the Book:

I started this book because I read it for school. I choose this book to be made into a “movie trailer” by using software called PhotoStory. We did this by using pictures and quotes from the book. Check it out:


  • This book reminded me of the Twilight love triangle between Edward, Bella, and Jacob! But instead, with Erik (Terra’s boyfriend), Terra, and Jacob (the guy who becomes a close friend of Terra’s)! But sadly they aren’t paranormal characters 🙁
  • Team Jacob! Jacob was similar to the Jacob in Twilight. They both seemed laid back and if they were worried, they didn’t show it. The relationship between Terra and Jacob was sweet and a whole lot better than with Erik! Jacob was more caring and concerned about Terra’s happiness, and Erik … well let’s just say he gave Terra lingerie for Christmas!


  • Her dad was EXTREMELY annoying, abusive, and everything in-between! He would get worked up over little stupid things. And he never seemed even faintly happy. AT ALL! It was as if he wanted to make Terra feel like she was ugly, worthless, and stupid. (Maybe he was?)
  • This book went by slow. Not because it was boring, but because it was REALLY long and I read really slow! Also I tried to finish it quickly so I could focus more on my project.

Last minute thoughts: I loved reading this book! It wouldn’t recommend it to guys because it mainly involves beauty. But the moral says that everyone is truly beautiful no matter how “ugly” on the outside!

Buy: North of Beautiful

Book Rating: I give this book 4 treasure chests!

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