by Justina Chen Headley

Reviewer Rating:
4

Review

Terra has lived her whole life according to maps–the maps her father is obsessed with, the port wine stain birthmark on her face, the path her father has decided she should take. Terra has her own ideas about art, beauty, and getting out of her small Washington town, but her controlling father stands in the way. When Terra and her mother meet Jacob and his mother Norah, things begin to change for both of them. Jacob was born in China, and was left in an orphanage due to a cleft palate. Norah adopted him, and he had surgery, but he has more of an understanding of looking beyond physical beauty than anyone Terra has ever met. The four of them end up on a trip to China together, where they all learn more about independence, inner strength, and finding your own way in the world–even if it means having to create your own map.

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