By Justina Chen Headley
Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Pub Date: Feb 1 2009
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult
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As he continued to stare, I wanted to point to my cheek and remind him, But you were the one who wanted this, remember? You're the one who asked-and I repeat-Why not fix your face?
It's hard not to notice Terra Cooper.
She's tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably "flawed" face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob's path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?
Written in lively, artful prose, award-winning author Justina Chen Headley has woven together a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the meaning of true beauty.
My Review: Terra lives in a small, boring town in Washington, her father is controlling and her mother is overweight and passive. She wants to escape all this and lead a more normal life, she wants to do this by going to a college far from home. Terra and her mom go to Seattle for laser treatment to lighten her birthmark. In the way home they get into a car acident, a minor one at that. This is how Terra meets Jacob, a handsome Chinese boy. After grtting to know them, Terra and her mom and Jacob and his mom decide to travel to China. Terra and her mom will be visiting Merc, Terra’s older brother in China. Jacob and his mom will be visiting the orphanage. Terra away from home gets to reconnect with her mom, grows, changes, and learns new ways of being in the world. She gradually gains self-confidence, learns to accept herself, and becomes more open to life’s possibilities.