Thank to Penguin Teen Canada for providing me with a finished copy of the book.
Susan and her family have just moved from Saudi Arabia to the Mississauga region of Ontario, Canada. Malcolm, resident bad boy of the school, is fighting for his life to get out. The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena follows both Susan and Malcolm as they navigate through their messy lives together and not in this coming of age story about family, love, hardships, and culture.
For my stop on the blog tour for The Beauty of the Moment, I decided to come up with a list of similar books, specifically my top 5 books about fitting in and finding your place in the world.
5. The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli
Pressured to find a husband by her traditional grandmother, Raina finally gives in to giving her “list” a shot. But dating is hard when the blind-picked bachelors are a disaster. Okay, so this one isn’t exactly YA but it is still a really fun romcom about cultural identity as much as it is about finding oneself. (You can also read my interview with the author here)
4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Maybe it’s a touch cliche to include this one in the list, but it’s relevant. Cath is a freshman in college, separated from her twin sister for the first time ever and trying to not only cope with her anxiety but with being her own person too. This is a book about creative drive and being yourself and it’s definitely one of my favourites.
3. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
And oldie that never gets old, The Outsiders is all about finding a spot in the world outside of classist upbringing and the fights that that brings. It’s a book about living with mistakes and doing what is right over what is easy. If you didn’t read this one in school, I implore you to read it now.
2. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
A heavy read, but one of my favourite books of all time ever. Dill is a high school senior living in the shadow of his father’s horrible crimes. He is struggling with handling his family responsibilities as much as he is trying to figure out what it is that he wants from the world. As he struggles with the fact he is allowed to want more, his whole life is flipped upside-down.
1. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Penny leaves her whole world 100 miles away when she choses to go to college to study becoming a writer. Sam has hit a dead end working in a cafe while he struggles to save the money to get back into film school. When the two meet, they become each other’s anchor and help push each other towards their goals. This was my favourite book of 2018 and I have honestly bought so many copies to give to friends it’s not even funny. A definite must-read.
Now, normally I would have a much longer list for a blog tour, but I’ve got something even better for you readers. A giveaway!
I was provided with a beautiful finished copy of The Beauty of the Moment and would love to pass it on to a good home. Follow me on Instagram (@lucieninthestars) for all the details in my most recent post! And note that this giveaway will only be open to residents in Canada and the United States for shipping purposes.
Check out the other bloggers over the rest of the week for some more amazing posts!