23 July 2020

More Than Just A Pretty Face; Syed M. Masood

More Than Just a Pretty FaceMore Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fairly standard romcom from a desi POV. The biggest difference between this and the Dimple and Rishi series is that here we're looking at Muslims, not Hindus. It's a little problematic that there are times when things that are important to followers of Islam are trivialized or turned into jokes. Beyond that, though, Danyal and Kaval and Bisma are definite types and the friendships Danyal has with his BFFs (again, types) were pretty real. And the food! The food! Oh, and it was a little on-the-nose to have Alighieri High have a Renaissance Man contest. Really??

The best, most elevating part of this was the discussion about Churchill and the paper Danyal is writing. Having said that, those passages didn't feel as though they belonged in this book - they were a completely different tone than the surrounding material. Why?

eARC provided by publisher.

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