Review: North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

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

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