There's Something About Sweetie

There's Something About Sweetie

Book - 2019 | First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
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Told in two voices, disappointed-in-love Ashish Patel and self-proclaimed fat athlete Sweetie Nair begin to find their true selves while dating under contract.
Publisher: New York :, Simon Pulse,, 2019
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781534416789
Branch Call Number: Y MEN
Characteristics: 378 pages ; 22 cm

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sjpl_leizel Sep 30, 2019

Light and fluffy rom-com. This book is body-positive, and a great read for when you want something fun. This is the second book in the When Dimple Met Rishi series, but you don't need to read the first one to enjoy this book.

JessicaGma Sep 03, 2019

Sandhya Menon writes pretty much perfect YA romcoms, and this is no exception. I loved how Sweetie worked so hard at being body positive despite many obstacles to it, and it was a delight to return to the world of Dimple and Rishi. I had read a few books in a row involving Indian characters and this was a standout!!

VaughanPLKim Aug 06, 2019

I really enjoyed Sandyha Menon's first two books, and There's Something about Sweetie is no exception. I loved the body positivity of this book. This isn't a book about a boy falling in love with a girl despite her weight. Sweetie's weight is never an issue for Ashish and he sees both her outer and inner beauty from the time they meet. More important, though, Sweetie loves herself as she is and doesn't feel the need to change for anyone. She knows that she deserves to be loved for who she is and that she doesn't need to be a certain size to be successful at anything she sets out to do. This book is a companion novel to When Dimple Met Rishi but stands on its own.

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WarriorofMartok
Jul 23, 2019

This fun companion to 'When Dimple Met Rishi' shows the softer side of younger brother Ashish, and introduces readers to a fierce heroine that can easily leave her competition in the dust.

Sweetie is fat, but she's also the fastest runner in California. And she knows her size has nothing to do with her skills in life or in love. Ashish once had mad game on and off the court. But a broken heart has left him flailing, so he decides to ask his traditional Indian parents to set him up. A sweet and inspiring story that focuses on being happy with who you are, and accepting where you came from... all why finding love.

Tigard_LisaE Jul 18, 2019

This is a sweet, fat positive tale about a girl who refuses to conform to limitations imposed by her mother and society, and a boy who finally learns to break through the barriers he built around his heart. These two have quite the meet cute that launches them into an exploration of their Indian heritage as well as themselves. It's a fun book, featuring a rare and important voice- a fat girl happy to be herself. However, I found myself cringing frequently at the overwrought sappiness and predictable romantic tropes.

VaughanPLShelly Jun 05, 2019

What a sweet cute rom-com! While this novel is a companion to the best-selling WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI, this wonderful story can be read as a stand-alone. You will fall in love with both main characters & their story. Sweetie's story in particular touches on important aspects of body-shaming that many teens, and adults alike, will be able to relate to.

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samcmar17
May 13, 2019

I swear, Sandhya Menon writes some of the best rom-coms I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. Not only does she create these wonderfully fleshed out characters, but her storylines have this addictive "just one more chapter" quality to them. I adored When Dimple Met Rishi the year it came out, so colour me happy when Ash, one of my favourite characters from that story, gets his own romance.

Ash and Sweetie are undeniably charming. Both characters have such unique personalities, yet you're rooting from them to be together the whole damn story because all the nay-sayers who say they don't fit are HECKIN' WRONG. I will even argue that I loved Sweetie far more than I did Dimple, if only because Sweetie's level of conviction and lack of apology for who she is, it is completely refreshing in a YA heroine. She has so much passion and I think how she discusses the word "fat" is it's own wonderful revelation as well. Even just her storyline with her family, you get the sense that Sweetie truly loves her folks no matter what they even say to her.

Then there is my beloved Ash, who is just so darling and funny. It was nice to see more somber and thoughtful moments with him, given how high energy he was in When Dimple Met Rishi, and I like the way in which Menon handles his past relationships and how he is the sad boy trying to figure out what is wrong with him! Ash is swoony in a way that Rishi wasn't for me, and it's funny given I generally don't find myself falling for the athletes in any contemporary story. Ash's family, however? My goodness they are hilarious and his dad killed me.

In all fairness, read There's Something About Sweetie. It has so much laughter with equal parts heart, and in a world where news spreads and things feel hopeless, it's wonderful to be reminded of stories that evoke so much kindness and humour. If you want a fun little rom-com that doesn't ask much of it's read, this book is 100% for you.

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