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Written in lively, artful prose, this is a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the true meaning of beauty.
North of Beautiful is a moving journey of self discovery and self appreciation. It so beautifully combines a great number of things to make it easy for most anyone to identify with. Some of the themes throughout are, self esteem, being different, feeling trapped, immobilizing fear and adventure.
Reading about Terra's family situation made my stomach turn but it made the story that much more believable. It was very interesting to see how her father turned into the person who put his "loved ones" down on a regular basis and to see how each of the family members reacted differently but also very similar at the same time. If Terra had come from a different home things for her may have ended up differently it might have taken her a much longer time to really know who she was.
I thought all the characters added something great to the story. I personally loved reading about Terra's little family of artists at Nest & Egg. Art can truly show you things about yourself you never realized or acknowledged so I think this fit great in the book. I also loved the characters of Norah and Jacob and how they helped Terra and her mother realize they had the choice to be independent. And oh Jacob, what a great guy. I loved his character!
A very pleasant surprise for me was to find out how much travel and a bit of adventure played into this book. Specifically geocaching (locating hidden containers full of knickknacks by their GPS coordinates) that Jacob introduces Terra to. I had never heard of this but it's one of those things, that in the back of your mind sort of hoped existed. Do you know what I mean?
Anyhow, this book encompasses so many great things, my expectations were definitely exceeded!
North of Beautiful is released today!
ARC received from publisher