NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL by Justina Chen Headley

Here's a confession: I'm not always dazzled by books my friends write.

That's why I loved the moment in NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL when I forgot completely that it was penned by fellow readergirlz diva Justina Chen Headley.

I was swept into Terra's story, a compelling tale about the freedom to celebrate flaws instead of desperately trying to camouflage them.

A couple of themes lingered in my mind long after I finished the last page of the book. (Don't you love when that happens?) I found myself contemplating the power of flaws I've long despised and taking stock of some relational Great Walls that need repairing.

Best of all, I can guarantee that teen girls will love the book -- it's got unforgettable characters, a heart-thumping romance, exciting border crossings, and an intriguing mother-daughter relationship.

NEWS FLASH: I'm organizing an exclusive one week NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL blog tour during February 2009 and have a few slots open, so if you blog about teen books and want the chance to read the novel and chat with the fascinating Ms. Chen Headley, contact me at


Sarah Rettger said…
I don't assign the "made me cry" tag to many books, but this one earned it. I stayed up way too late to finish the book, and I would have sat through another hundred pages.
Mitali Perkins said…
I don't get verklempt while reading too often, but that cheek-to-cheek scene in NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL got me choked up.