Terra Cooper has a verbally abusive father, a boyfriend she can’t talk to, and an envious body. Each one of these lead back to what she believes is terrible, a port wine stain. Until she meets Jacob, a boy who changes the way she sees herself. North of beautiful started off kind of slow, boring. it picked up pretty quickly though and I soon found it hard to put the book down.
—submitted by Angelique L. (age 16, grade 11)