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More Than Just A Pretty Face

More Than Just A Pretty Face

Book - 2020 | First edition
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"When self-proclaimed 'not very bright' nineteen-year-old Danyal Jilani is chosen for a prestigious academic contest, he hopes to impress a potential arranged marriage match, only to begin falling for the girl helping him study instead"-- Provided by publisher.
Danyal Jilani 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 what matters more to Danyal 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. Selected for Renaissance Man, a school-wide academic championship, Danyal knows it's the perfect opportunity to show everyone he's smarter than they think. He recruits brilliant, totally-uninterested-in-him Bisma to help with the competition. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group, 2020
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780316492355 (hardcover)
0316492353 (hardcover)
(electronic book)
Branch Call Number: Y MASOOD
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 22 cm

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Danyal is a pretty face but not much of a student. Then he gets a chance to be recognized academically at school and impress the girl of his dreams. But Bisma, the book-smart girl who helps him with his project, keeps edging into his heart.


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darladoodles
Jul 26, 2020

There are many things to like about this book: 1) Danyal is a very likable character who is more self-aware than he gives himself credit for. 2) Bisma has a back story that makes you root for her to find better things. 3) The "lets be friends and collaborate" trope. 4) An inside look at what it looks like for desi families to begin the arranged marriage process. 5) Lots of talk about good food. 6) The Renaissance Man competition. I picked this up for the #ownvoices component and am not qualified to rate this title on its authenticity. I really liked the book and learned some new things from reading it. I consider that time well spent. If you liked "Frankly In Love," I also recommend this debut.

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