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There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
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There's Something About Sweetie

by Sandhya Menon

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Finding true love isn’t easy—especially when your parents are involved.

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Why I love it

Brittany Lutes
BOTM Ambassador, @bookswrotemystory

There’s something about the approaching summer months that makes me crave a good romance. There’s something about a good romance that makes me want to tune out the rest of the world. And there’s something about that magical feeling that makes There’s Something About Sweetie impossible to forget.

After suffering a bit of a romantic setback, Ashish is done with love. Meaning there is no harm in letting his parents pick out someone for him because a.) he’s never dating again and b.) there’s no way his parents know more about his love life than he does. But Sweetie surprises him, and he realizes he’s not opposed to getting to know her better. Which is going to be a problem, because Sweetie’s parents don’t exactly approve of the match.

Sandhya Menon writes with so much humor and heart that her characters practically leap off the page. Sweetie in particular touched me deeply. I felt like I knew her and her story, and having the chance to pick up a book and see that reflected back was something that my high school self would have needed. I may be a touch beyond that stage of my life, but there’s still something deeply personal about reading a book that can move you in that way. I hope many others will find that same experience in this story.

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Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so ... sucky. After he’s 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?

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192 ratings
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  • 29% Like
  • 1% Dislike
  • greenville, SC

    like all rom*coms, there are plenty of moments when you want to YELL at the characters and wish they'd just be honest with each other & figure it out. but i love sandhya's books & this great fat fun.

  • Tampa, FL

    Sweetie and Ashish were so cute! I loved the development and characteristics of each character individually and everything they were dealing with, but also loved seeing them get to know each other!

  • Parlin, NJ

    This was a fun, easy read; perfect for summer. I love both main characters and how they grew during the story. I thought this book was both cute & empowering. I'm rooting for Sweetie and Ashish.

  • Des Moines , IA

    Ashish and Sweetie are set up by his parents. They go on four dates and find out it’s more fun than they thought. I love the connection to culture and the relationship they build while dating.

  • Lee Center, NY

    Absolutely perfect. As a chubby girl and avid lover of angst and YA romances, this book hit every check mark. I have a renewed love for myself after reading this 100% recommend.

  • Dixon, IL

    Ohmygoodness I love Ashish and Sweetie. They have such great chemistry together! The side characters were also nicely fleshed out. Every story from Sandhya Menon is such a treat!

  • Emmaus , PA

    This was not your typical boy meets girl book. Many obstacles to go through but the characters were so cute. Loved this book - also had references to When Dimple Met Rishi!!!

  • Berlin, CT

    As a first generation Indian woman, I relate to Sweetie more than I even realized. Perfectly written with the right amount of humor, Sandhya Menon nailed it with this book!

  • Tucson, AZ

    Not only was this book as entertaining and sweet as Menon's others, but the placement of a fat woman of color at the center of the story also​ gave me immense pleasure.

  • Raleigh, NC

    Super cute. I laughed out loud several times. I would love an update of where they are in the future. Sweetie is such a strong woman and Ashish complements her perfectly.

  • Saratoga Springs, UT

    I adored this book. Sweetie is the teenage girl I always wish that I could have been. The romance is slow burn and swoon worthy. Will be reading more from this author.

  • New Braunfels, TX

    Seriously, so in love with Sweetie and Ashish. And such an empowering book, too! Sandhya Menon is an amazing writer, and I can't wait to read whatever else she writes!

  • Madison, WI

    Liked this better than her other two books, which were more cringe-y and cheesy. This is cheesy in the best way and you fall for both of the characters pretty quickly.

  • Chelsea, AL

    Being overweight myself with a tiny mother, this book hit a home run with me and Sweetie instantly won me over with her confidence. Awesome and inspirational story!

  • Olympia, WA

    I’ve read all of Sandhya Menon’s books and I keep falling in love with her characters and writing more and more each time! I love Sweetie and Ashish so much!

  • Grapevine, TX

    You can't help but love Sweetie. She is what every plus size girl should be: brave, proud and refusing to apologize for anything. This love story is precious.

  • Beverly, MA

    I absolutely adored this book! So many girls grow up feeling “less than” due to their looks/weight and this strong female character was such a delight!

  • Schwenksville, PA

    This book was fun and joyful. I eapecially loved the character of Sweetie. If you love any other of Sandhya Menon’s novels, then you’ll love this book.

  • Sterling, VA

    Super cute, fun story about a strong girl (and loving yourself in general). Can't want for Menon's "Of Curses and Kisses"- hopefully it will also be a BOTM

  • Carrollton, TX

    Sandhya Menon is a national treasure. There's Something about Sweetie is an endearing, wonderful read; we should all be more like Ashish and Sweetie.

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