Book: There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publish Date:  May 14, 2019
Synopsis: Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After being dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.

The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?

Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.

Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?

Disclosure: ARC provided for an honest review. #partner

Sometimes, there are characters that you just instantly fall in love with because of how good they are. In Sandhya Menon’s There’s Something About Sweetie, Sweetie is everything good in this world.

I can’t even begin to express how much my heart soared after reading this. Guys, it was so perfect and essential to my good mood. It is such a relevant story for today, and everyone needs this story in their hands. Body positivity is something that I always cherish, and aside from what goes on on the surface, Sweetie is perfect. Her kindness is so true that I wish we had more of Sweetie in YA. Her outlook in life is much needed in this community.

It took me a while to warm up to Ashish. I wasn’t too fond of him in Dimple’s story, so I had to refamiliarize myself with him. But he definitely won me over, and I am thankful that I got a second chance at knowing him.

The details told throughout this story, as well as this series, is something that I am always thankful to Menon for. Cultural awareness is such an important trait to look out for, and from Menon includes so many positive traits from the Indian community. From the food, to the music, I get to know Sweetie and Ashish on a deeper level.

Relationships are hard, and especially relationships with parents. but Menon gives a realistic and respectful take on this. I enjoyed seeing familiar dynamics and antics, because you bet I was laughing at how  close to home everything made me feel.

Swoony feelings, adorable dates, perfect kisses. This story has it all. I am incoherently gushing and I will not apologize for it.

*Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.*

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