Wednesday, 10 April 2019

{Blog Tour} - The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena


by Tanaz Bhathena
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: February 26th, 2019
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]

Susan dreams of being an artist. Malcolm wants to move him and his sister out of a bad living situation. Sparks fly when the two teens meet at a fundraiser for Syrian refugees. A Canadian YA romance for fans of The Sun is Also a Star.

Susan is the new girl -- she's sharp and driven, and strives to meet her parents' expectations of excellence. Malcolm is the bad boy -- he started raising hell at age fifteen, after his mom died of cancer, and has had a reputation ever since.

Susan hasn't told anyone, but she wants to be an artist. Malcolm doesn't know what he wants -- until he meets her.

Love is messy and families are messier, but in spite of their burdens, Susan and Malcolm fall for each other. The ways they drift apart and come back together are testaments to family, culture, and being true to who you are.

I hate to say it, but I'm saddened that I hadn't read Tanaz Bhathena's A GIRL LIKE THAT before diving into THE BEAUTY OF THE MOMENT. I say this because I am completely blown away by Tanaz's beautiful and graceful writing. I've remedied that now, after finishing off this lovely contemporary piece, however I can't stress enough how desperately I want every teen and young adult to pick up either title. With that said, let's get into why I adored THE BEAUTY OF THE MOMENT.

"My mother talks about love in extremes. 
A Bollywood sort of romance, with a hero and a heroine, villainous parents, and a coterie of smart-mouthed siblings. 
That these love stories, repeated film after film, are strikingly similar to her own is pure coincidence."

The Beauty of the Moment, at first, called my attention when I learned of the novel's setting, which in fact isn't much far from my home in Toronto. Secondly, it was Susan. Tanaz's synopsis painted Susan as an instantly likable and lovable character. New girl? Check! Smart, family oriented, driven to succeed? Check, check, and CHECK! More so The Beauty of the Moment promised to be a delicious romance, a deep dive into a life-changing choice, and a look into West Asian culture - needless to say, I was sold and on board! Right off the bat, I loved Susan. She was an incredible character, and I couldn't resist falling into the rhythm of her narrative voice.  She was spunky, determined, and inspiring - all qualities I wished for myself as a teen. Additionally, Malcolm was a perfect contrast to Susan's personality with his boldness. I absolutely adored their dialogue with one another, and additionally loved their alternating perspectives, which allowed for a far deeper look into their individual lives at home, and their own inner struggles when tackling the uncertainty of their futures. The way both of their life changing trials brought them together was absolutely beautiful and heartwarming - I adored it! To put it plainly, there was a lot to un-bundle in The Beauty of the Moment, but every moment of discovery was complex but graceful.

Overall, I adored THE BEAUTY OF THE MOMENT by Tanaz Bhathena. It was quirky, moving, beautiful, and inspiring.  If you're a reader looking for a complex, moving contemporary tale with hopeful characters, than Tanaz's latest is an absolute must read!

4.5 / 5 Cupcakes


About Tanaz Bhathena:
Tanaz Bhathena was born in India and raised in Saudi Arabia and Canada. Her critically acclaimed novel A Girl Like That was nominated for the 2019 OLA White Pine Award and named a Best Book of 2018 by The Globe and Mail, CBC, Quill & Quire, Seventeen, PopSugar, and The Times of India among others. She is also the author of The Beauty of the Moment releasing on Feb 26 2019 and a fantasy duology called Hunted by the Sky, with the first book coming out in spring 2020. Her short stories have appeared in various journals including Blackbird, Witness and Room.

A wanderer at heart, Tanaz can often be found travelling to different countries, learning bits and pieces of a foreign language, and taking way too many photographs. She loves slapstick comedies and any kind of music that makes her dance. She lives in the Toronto area with her family.

This title was provided to the blogger by the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review. No payment was received/accepted in exchange for this review/post. The blogger requests that this review not be reposted or edited without the blogger's permission. The thoughts and words expressed in this review/post are explicitly the blogger's.

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