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, including Blackbird, Witness and Room Magazine. Her debut YA novel, A Girl Like That, will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers/Macmillan in the winter of 2018.
One of Buzzfeed’s Best YA Books Winter 2019
One of Globe and Mail’s Winter 2019 Preview List
One of CBC’s 29 Canadian Kids Books & YA to Look For in Spring 2019
PRAISE 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