The Beauty Of The Moment by Tanaz BhathenaThe Beauty Of The Moment by Tanaz Bhathena

The Beauty Of The Moment

byTanaz Bhathena

Hardcover | February 26, 2019

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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.
TANAZ BHATHENA was born in Mumbai and raised in Riyadh, Jeddah and Toronto. She is the winner of the 2009 MARTY for Emerging Literary Arts, a semi-finalist for the 2013 Jeffrey Archer Short Story Challenge and the Readers' Choice pick for the 2015 U of T Magazine Short Story Contest. Her short stories have appeared in various journals,...
Title:The Beauty Of The MomentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.56 × 5.75 × 1.18 inPublished:February 26, 2019Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0735263744

ISBN - 13:9780735263741

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Feel-Good Must Read In a nutshell: The Beauty of the Moment was a touching, light-hearted contemporary novel on first loves, family pressure, forgiveness and the future. Tanaz Bathena’s debut novel, A Girl Like That was one of my favourite books of 2018. It was poignant and it broke my heart and so, when I got the chance to read The Beauty of the Moment a little early, I JUMPED. I could see the evolution in Tanaz’s writing, especially in terms of how well-defined her interpersonal relationships were and it was such a joy to read. MY THOUGHTS: 1. I loved how Tanaz Bathena managed to capture the quintessential Indian family, with their nuances, flaws and all. It felt REAL to me, as someone living in India with slightly overbearing Indian parents. Even Susan’s mom’s reaction when she showed up drunk for the first time was QUITE HILARIOUSLY ACCURATE. 2. Slow, well-done romance: I quite liked the romance between Susan and Malcom, their awkwardness and also all the kissing. 3. The Syrian refugees: It was really touching to see that even though this was a feel good, contemporary novel, that there was so much social responsibility in the characters and empathy. 4. The art: Susan’s descriptions of her own art and also the art on the cover and also at the start of each chapter. 5. IT WAS A JUST NICE BOOK, OKAY? It made me feel happy inside after reading a whole string of fantasies that were dark and twisty and I quite loved it. Would I recommend this book? YES! I’ve read and loved both of Tanaz Bathena’s books so far and I CANNOT RECOMMEND IT ENOUGH.
Date published: 2019-03-01

Editorial Reviews

One of Buzzfeed’s Best YA Books Winter 2019One of Globe and Mail’s Winter 2019 Preview ListOne of CBC’s 29 Canadian Kids Books & YA to Look For in Spring 2019PRAISE FOR The Beauty of the Moment:“A brave big-hearted book, Tanaz Bhathena’s sophomore stunner is a complex, nuanced, and gracefully layered tale of love and longing, duty and desire, friends and family, fighting for what you believe in— and finding home (sometimes by doing so).” --Tanuja Desai Hidier, author of Born Confused and Bombay Blues“Bhathena peels back the layers of her characters in a way that draws readers to them.” --Quill & Quire"[T]his dramatic romance . . . authentically traces the teens’ gradual changes as they come to terms with mistakes they’ve made and who they want to be.” --Publishers Weekly“A diverse, entertaining love story.” --Kirkus Reviews“[A] superbly crafted work of young adult fiction, one filled with authentic and multifaceted characters and multicultural perspectives. . . . [It’s] likely to be of great relevance to readers in the target audience [and] would be a valuable addition to any classroom, school, or home library.” --Highly Recommended, CM Magazine“Told in alternating perspectives, The Beauty of the Moment is a very hone[s]t and realistic look at teen relationships, culture shock and finding your own voice.” --BookRiot“The characters are strong, and their development is realistic and well paced . . . [and] [b]est of all, no one theme overtakes the other, which allows readers to develop their own take on the story.” --The Globe and Mail