More Than Just a Pretty Face

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Danyal loves making food that people enjoy. He is learning the delicacies of French dining in the hopes of becoming a chef. However, this is not smart enough for his parents, who still follow the ways of their ancestors, including arranged marriages. His parents have arranged several meetings, and the one with Bisma is just the latest. Though she is honest and friendly, Kaval, his best friend’s sister, is the one. When Danyal is chosen as the Renaissance Man for history class, a coveted spot usually earned by a top student which includes a research paper and presentation, he has a chance to redeem himself to his parents and earn Kaval as his bride. Unfortunately, he’s not one to take the easy way, but it may cost him the life he envisions.

Danyal is the sweetest, kindest kid—his wit and honest gut reactions are stuff that teenage girls’ dreams are made of. Hindi words are thrown in, lending an authenticity to Danyal’s experience. The complexities of Muslim dating customs combined with the history of the Muslim people provide a backdrop for a unique but vaguely familiar story. This story is wonderful, like a favorite teddy bear—snuggly and warm.

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Author Syed M. Masood
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 352 pages
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2020-08-04
ISBN 9780316492355 Buy this Book
Issue August 2020
Category Young Adult


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