Welcome to this week’s edition of Wishlist Wednesday! Today I am featuring More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood. This YA debut sounds like a perfect rom-com.
Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and have yet to read. It is a spin-off of the original meme, Waiting on Wednesday, that was formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Author: Syed M. Masood
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 4, 2020
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.
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.