The main theme of this novel would be something along the lines of “True beauty is on the inside and not the outside.” And “accept who you are and what you look like, you can’t change it” this is because there are a lot of situations of Terra being very self-conscious of herself, because of her birthmark. And throughout the book you can see that she is getting more and more confident in herself. Jacob has helped her a lot in giving her advice and not caring about what people think when they stare at her. “’Hey,’ Jacob said softly. I shook my head. He placed a gentle hand on mine. Through my haired veil, I glanced at him, unprepared for his look that held so much concern. ‘Don’t let her bother you,’ he said. ‘It’s hard not to,’ I answered him quietly, my hands tight in my lap,” Despite her having that birthmark on her face, throughout the book you can tell how strong she really is, and how beautiful she really is. The fact that she still holds it all together, despite her fractured family, controlling dad, and her anxiety about her birthmark, is true beauty and strength. “Bed, I yearned for my bed. But I halted before the mirror. My face was molting. Tears and nervous sweat had made a mess of my makeup, cutting runoff lines down my cheek.” Yes, she broke down, but she went on staying happy, trying to see the good through the pain. “The awful thing was, I couldn’t stop smiling at him and his cousin, my mouth embalmed in a fake grin. And that’s when it hit me – where I’d seen Erik’s expression before. Why it was so painfully familiar. It was the same expression Dad wore in public with Mom, sheepish and mortified rolled into one uncomfortable mass. The fact was, I was sick of it. Tired of hiding my face. Tired of apologizing for it. So I did what Jacob told me to do. Let them stare. I didn’t even avert my face a single degree.” This quote was right after her break down and yet she’s still strong. And this just shows it.