A Feel-Good Must Read // ARC Review: The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bathena

Title: The Beauty of the Moment
Author: Tanaz Bathena
Publication Date: February
Publisher: 26th 2018
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: Macmillan INTL
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Blurb Description: 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’s parents are on the verge of divorce. Malcolm’s dad is a known adulterer.
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.
In a nutshell: The Beauty of the Moment was a touching, light-hearted contemporary novel on first loves, family pressure, forgiveness and the future.

Tanaz Bathena’s debut novel, A Girl Like That was one of my favourite books of 2018. It was poignant and it broke my heart and so, when I got the chance to read The Beauty of the Moment a little early, I JUMPED. I could see the evolution in Tanaz’s writing, especially in terms of how well-defined her interpersonal relationships were and it was such a joy to read.


1.       I loved how Tanaz Bathena managed to capture the quintessential Indian family, with their nuances, flaws and all. It felt REAL to me, as someone living in India with slightly overbearing Indian parents. Even Susan’s mom’s reaction when she showed up drunk for the first time was QUITE HILARIOUSLY ACCURATE.
2.       Slow, well-done romance: I quite liked the romance between Susan and Malcom, their awkwardness and also all the kissing.
3.       The Syrian refugees: It was really touching to see that even though this was a feel good, contemporary novel, that there was so much social responsibility in the characters and empathy.
4.       The art: Susan’s descriptions of her own art and also the art on the cover and also at the start of each chapter.
5.       IT WAS A JUST NICE BOOK, OKAY? It made me feel happy inside after reading a whole string of fantasies that were dark and twisty and I quite loved it.

Would I recommend this book? YES! I’ve read and loved both of Tanaz Bathena’s books so far and I CANNOT RECOMMEND IT ENOUGH. 

Tanaz Bhathena
Tanaz Bhathena was born in Mumbai and raised in Riyadh, Jeddah and Toronto. Her short stories have appeared in various journals, including Blackbird, Witness and Room Magazine. A Girl Like That is her first novel and The Beauty of the Moment her sophomore novel. 
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