The Beauty of the Moment

The Beauty of the Moment

Book - 2019
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Seventeen-year-old Susan Thomas' parents are on the verge of a divorce in Canada after years of a happy marriage in Saudi Arabia. Susan wants to be an artist and not a doctor or engineer, but she has no intention of letting them know. Malcolm Vakil was a troublemaker after his mother died of cancer, and two years later he's still known as the boy with a Bad Reputation and No Future. Malcolm's goal is to move out of his father's house to make a better future for he and his younger sister, Mahtab. When the two meet at Arthur Eldridge High School in Mississauga, attraction grows along with distrust. Eventually they both realize that they must be honest with their families, and about their feelings for each other.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] :, Penguin Teen Canada,, 2019
ISBN: 9780735263741
0735263744
Branch Call Number: FIC Bhath
Characteristics: 356 pages

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Oct 30, 2019

The emotions, the story, the characters, everything is absolutely incredible. Susan Thomas, a 17-year-old girl from India, moves to Canada with her mother while her father stays in Saudi Arabia for work. When she attends her first-ever co-ed school, she has a hard time fitting in and adapting to this shift in overall culture. When she meets a boy named Malcolm, the biggest transformation takes place, affecting every other moment in this book. There are so many forks-in-the-road when looking at the two characters, almost as if the smallest decision can shatter what was created. This leaves the reader in anticipation; not knowing what will happen next prevents you from putting the book down! Susan's story can be very relatable when her strict parents turn down the idea of her following her dream: going to art school. This novel demonstrates that who you are as a person and your behaviour is influenced by the situations going on in your life, where you live, and the people you associate yourself with. I have grown to love Susan and Malcolm almost as much as they love each other. I strongly recommend this novel to people ages 12 and up. 4/5 @booklover327 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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