Win Justina Chen Headley’s “North of Beautiful”

North of BeautifulSeattle is full of fantastic YA authors, including the fabulous Justina Chen Headley, co-founder of ReaderGirlz and author of the acclaimed novels and . Today, Justina’s new book, , hit the bookstores, and I was thrilled to join fans and friends alike to celebrate with Justina.

North of Beautiful has been described as a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the true meaning of beauty. I can’t wait to read my copy, hot off the presses!

One of things I admire most about Justina (and what makes her an honorary Smart Girl) is her commitment to giving back to the community and donating a portion of the proceeds from her young adult novels to organizations that work with teens. She has also used her books to draw attention to important issues affecting young people, and North of Beautiful is no exception.

Justina has created the North of Beautiful Find Beauty Challenge, and she wants to hear from you about what you think the true meaning of beautiful is. Here’s the scoop from Justina’s blog:

Tell the world what you find to be Truly Beautiful! Just upload a 90-second video describing what real beauty means to you…and you could win yourself an iTouch! PLUS, for every uploaded video, I’ll donate $10 (up to $1,000) to Global Surgical Outreach, an amazing group that helps kids with cleft lips and palates in the third world. To enter:

  1. Record a 90-second video essay about what’s truly beautiful to you!
  2. Upload the video to YouTube
  3. Then…send a link to who will link your video the
  4. Tell all your friends to RATE your video

For more details, click here!

Want to win a signed copy of North of Beautiful? Leave a comment below and share what you consider your most beautiful quality to be, and you’ll automatically be entered to win. The winner will be selected on Friday, February 6th. Good luck!

Justina Chen Headley

Justina & I at the book launch in Bellevue, WA


  1. aGirlLikeMe Said,

    February 3, 2009 @ 6:48 am

    Most beautiful quality? Hum … I wish I could have one. I guess my most beautiful quality is that I want a beautiful quality. I want to be bigger than I am now. I don’t want to go down in the history books, or end up on television. I just want to be … more.

    I don’t know if you understand what I am saying (I don’t know if I quite understand what I am saying), but …

    My older sister read this book and loved it. I think you’ll love it even more if she can get a signed copy.

    Thanks! :)

  2. Justina Said,

    February 3, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

    Thank you so much, Deborah. I am so delighted to be named an honorary Smart Girl. I love that. Meeting you was a highlight of the month!

  3. Courtney Said,

    February 6, 2009 @ 11:35 am

    WOW! Just the description of this book is so powerful! It gives me the urgency to go out and read it. I love it when a book is so realistic and relatable.

    Peace out! ..

    ps- by the way Debbie, I <3 the new site! Looks fab! Its great to see so much opportunity out there for us girls.

  4. Melissa Said,

    February 6, 2009 @ 2:10 pm

    I seriously can’t wait to read Justina’s book, and I just tweeted this contest–yay! Sorry I was late on that. I think my most beautiful quality is that I always look for the beauty in other people–even if they seem lame at first. :)

  5. Angela Emond Said,

    February 6, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

    My most beautiful quality is probably my modesty. I really don’t think I have much reason not to be modest, but I know narcissism can be quite ugly.

    This book sounds amazing! I can’t wait to read it!

  6. Mila Said,

    February 6, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    Most beautiful quality — perceptive-ness (is that even a word?) It sort of being able to understand and quickly adjust to a situation or people…

  7. basma Said,

    February 6, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

    beauty shouldnt be judge by our physical appearance instead we should be judge by our great soul

  8. Taneisha Said,

    February 6, 2009 @ 3:03 pm

    The new site looks awesome!

    I think my most beautiful quality would have to be my mind, I guess. Because I love to write and I use it to think up stories.

  9. Tiffany Said,

    February 6, 2009 @ 3:50 pm

    I think my most beautiful quality would be my intelligence. Thanks for the contest!

  10. Mandy Said,

    February 6, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

    I guess my most beautiful quality would be my ability to see the beautiful qualities in others, especially those who aren’t able to see the beautiful qualities within themselves.

    I currently volunteer with two organizations that work with at-risk/troubled youth: one is a homeless shelter/drop-in for homeless/street youth living on the streets and the second is an organization that works with young women (ages 12-17) who have been victims of sexual assault and violence. One of my main duties is to help these young women find the beauty and power and strength within themselves to carry on and move forward. It is a very rewarding experience. :)

  11. Amee Said,

    February 6, 2009 @ 5:47 pm

    I think my most beautiful quality is that I’m willing to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. I’ll trust you until you give me a reason not to.

    I can’t wait to read this book!

  12. Kaitlin Said,

    February 6, 2009 @ 7:08 pm

    My most beautiful quality would probably be my ability to be patient and listen to what others have to say.

  13. Courtney Said,

    February 7, 2009 @ 11:56 am

    Opps, guess I never really said what I consider my most beautiful quality…

    I think my most beautiful quality is my ability to accept people for who they are & not judge others on their appearance. I know there’s more inside than your surface can even project upon the world.

  14. dreber Said,

    February 9, 2009 @ 10:55 am

    Thank you everyone for such thoughtful and interesting comments! I realized that I never said what I think my most beautiful quality is. I think it goes along the same lines of what many of you wrote. My most beautiful quality is that I try to see the best in everyone and every situation.

    Taneisha is the winner of the contest (you can thank my 4-year-old son who picked your name out of a hat :). Taneisha, I’ll get in touch with you directly so I can mail your book!

  15. Said,

    February 9, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

    My most beautiful quality is my ability to keep quiet. I don’t spread rumors, which is rare among teens, and I know when it’s appropriate to talk and when it’s not which other girls my age have a problem with.

    I really want to read this!!

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