North of Beautiful is an incredibly well-written book and full of so many feels that I’m still trying to wrap my head around the book.
Justina Chen-Headley says about her inspiration about the book, “To tell you the truth, I was sick of our society glamorizing a really narrow definition of beauty: blonde, size 00. You know. A chance comment from an acquaintance whose son has a port wine stain completely inspired the book. When I was lauding her parenting because he’s such a confident, cool kid, she stopped me and said, “That’s because he’s a boy…” There it was, my next novel. What if a girl had a birthmark on her face? Could I tackle the notion of real beauty–true glorious beauty–with this character?” However, North of Beautiful isn’t just about tackling what beauty should mean, it’s also about family dynamics, love, the future and so much more.