There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon is the charming rom-com I have been waiting for since we first met Ashish in When Dimple Met Rishi. I adored the mix of cute content and a powerful message, and both Ashish and Sweetie are realistic characters. This is the perfect light and sweet read for a sunny day.Title: There's Something About Sweetie (Dimple and Rishi #2)
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
The irresistible companion novel to the New York Times bestseller When Dimple Met Rishi, which follows Rishi’s brother, Ashish, and a confident fat athlete named Sweetie as they both discover what love means to them.
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?
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
I’ve been a fan of Sandhya Menon for a while now, so this book was one of my highly anticipated for the spring. It follows Ashish, who is dealing with a sudden breakup, and Sweetie, who is forbidden to date Ashish until she loses weight. Ashish’s family is in on their secret dating scheme, however they are thrilled to find their son an Indian-American girl and create a contract of set dates for the couple to follow. As always in Menon’s works, this book is adorable and entertaining while also spreading an important message. I must say, I was a little surprised to see a girl who isn’t Celia be paired with Ashish after what I read in When Dimple Met Rishi, but I definitely enjoyed Sweetie’s character and interactions with Ashish much more.
❀ Iconic Main Character
Sweetie is such an iconic main character, and I loved her voice. She is a sassy track star who can kick anyone’s butt, and she has so much confidence. I liked how she is unafraid to stand up for herself instead of letting her mother bully her about her weight. Stereotypes are challenged as Sweetie proves that fat athletes are just as talented as anyone else and that she isn’t lazy. I also liked Ashish, even though he is a bit of a player at the beginning. He is adorable, and reading about him falling in love with Sweetie is so wholesome.
❀ Lovable Novel
There’s Something About Sweetie is a lovable novel about self-love and love in a difficult circumstance. I enjoyed the powerful message and both the main characters. This is such a feel-good book, and I would definitely recommend it this spring.