North of BeautifuleBook - 2009
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THIS STORY WUZ ABOUT A GIRL WHO GOT INTO A CAR CRASH WITH A GOTH CHINESE GUY. THEN THEY WENT TO CHINA TOGETHER .AFTER THEY CAME BACK THE GIRL BROKE UP WITH HER BOYFRIEND ERIK. THEN THE GIRL DATED THE GOTH DUDE. THE END.
This story was such a wonderful read that I couldn't stop once I got started. It wasn't just a YA novel, it was a story that anyone could read, enjoy, and learn from. Terra is a character that will stay with you forever. You felt her pain, as she has to live with this mark on her face, and how she tries to hide it in the beginning to the point where no one knows about it anymore except her and her family. Her struggle with accepting herself is the basis of the book, and the reader is taken along for the heart wrenching yet soul finding ride. Her mother's story is equally as powerful as Terra watches her mother break out of the shell created by Terra's father. Oh man, I really hated Terra's father. It's one of the few times where I have felt so strongly against a character. Any kind of abuse is horrible but verbal abuse can be even more painful than physical. There are no bruises or broken bones, but your spirit and soul can be destroyed by words even more than fists. He had to go down as one of the most hated characters for me ever.