More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: August 4th, 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Family, Romance, High School, Culture
This was much more than I expected. In the beginning, I thought it would be a cheesy rom-com with an obnoxious male protagonist who can only think about girls and nothing else. I was going to give up after only twelve pages, because I just didn’t find Danyal all that amusing and did not care for his boyish inner thoughts.
But I have this rule of only DNFing one out of ten books, so I take the action of giving up on a book seriously and only do so if I REALLY believe reading it would be a chore. I may not have connected with Danyal in the beginning but I did find the writing easy to read so I tried a little harder.
And I’m glad I did because I slowly began to see a side of Danyal (and other characters) that I did not expect to see and that actually touched me. I love me a slow-burn romance and male heroes who come of age in interesting ways. Love-triangles/squares are hit or miss but although Danyal’s attention shifted focus from one girl to another, and back again, his interactions with Bisma are so much more than those with Kaval that the reader can see the truth even if Danyal can’t. Not yet anyway.
This was an equally lovely and meaningful read that I recommend to YA contemporary lovers, of any gender.