More Than Just a Pretty Face, Syed M. Masood

More Than Just a Pretty Face, Syed M. Masood

More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood is a YA debut that sounds like a perfect rom-com. There are so many aspects about this book that I am excited for. Danyal sounds like a character that is easy to relate to and I think it will be fun to read about his quest for love. It seems as though it is going  to have lots of humour as well. Definitely one on my radar this fall.

More Than Just a Pretty Face  by Syed M. Masood

More Than Just a Pretty FaceTitle: More Than Just a Pretty Face
Author: Syed M. Masood
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 4, 2020

Summary (from Goodreads):

For fans of Becky Albertalli and Jenny Han, a sweetly funny YA rom-com debut about falling in love, familial expectations, and being a Renaissance Man.

Danyal Jilani doesn't lack confidence. He may not be the smartest guy in the room, but he's funny, gorgeous, and going to make a great chef one day. His father doesn't approve of his career choice, but that hardly matters. What does matter is the opinion of Danyal's longtime crush, the perfect-in-all-ways Kaval, and her family, who consider him a less than ideal arranged marriage prospect.

When Danyal gets selected for Renaissance Man--a school-wide academic championship--it's the perfect opportunity to show everyone he's smarter than they think. He recruits the brilliant, totally-uninterested-in-him Bisma to help with the competition, but the more time Danyal spends with her...the more he learns from her...the more he cooks for her...the more he realizes that happiness may be staring him right in his pretty face.


Book Quotes: More Than Just a PRety Face

That evil was the inability to recognize the humanity in experiences that were not your own, in experiences that seemed alien.

“That’s amazing that you can do that.”

“What?” I asked.

“Just, you know, make music by touching something.”

About Syed M. Masood

Syed M. Masood

Syed M. Masood grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, and now lives with his wife and children in Sacramento, California, where he is a practicing attorney. He wrote a few couplets in Urdu when he was a teenager, and his family still tells everyone he is an Urdu poet. He is not. More Than Just a Pretty Face is his young-adult debut.


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33 thoughts on “More Than Just a Pretty Face, Syed M. Masood

  1. Literary Feline says:

    I have been seeing this one around a lot lately, and it does sound good! I enjoy a good rom-com now and then, and I like the premise of this one. I hope you enjoy it when you read it!

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