Parents' Guide to

Beauty and the Besharam

By Mary Krawczyk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Rivals find romance in amusing and sweet summer story.

Teen girl with long brown hair is smiling toward the distance. She's wearing a black skirt with a white shirt and blue jean jacket. Graphics behind her include images of books, cherries, the moon, a rose, lips, and a heart.

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Kayva is a charming protagonist who stands up for others, reads voraciously, and has an amazing group of friends. Beauty and the Besharam is a fun, lighthearted romcom that celebrates self-acceptance and highlights diversity in ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. This is a character-driven story focused on relationships. It will resonate most with teens who enjoy reading about friendships, family, and romance.

Given the title's play on Beauty and the Beast, there are many Disney references and lots of other pop culture references too. At times, the narrative and pace of the story is bogged down or sidetracked by numerous pop culture references, frequent naming of product brands, and extensive backstories on certain characters.

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