Review: There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

After loving Sandhya Menon’s other stories, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on There’s Something About Sweetie. Menon did not disappoint me with a swoony romance that made me fall in love with her writing all over again.

There's Something About Sweetie CoverAshish 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? (Goodreads) Goodreads

I received an eARC of There’s Something About Sweetie from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

There’s Something About Sweetie needs trigger warnings for intense fat-antagonistic comments that are challenged on the page.

I loved reading Ashish slowly but surely fall in love with both Sweetie and his own culture in his own way. He’s very different from Rishi and he has to figure out his own path to love and self-confidence. His parents’ dates for them were perfect for that.

Even more than that, I loved seeing Sweetie grow the confidence that she needed to show how much she loved herself. To see her stand up to her mother and have her mother actually hear her was amazing.

We get small hints at what Dimple and Rishi are doing throughout the story, which was a nice throwback for me. I also loved their friend groups and how entwined they were in our main characters’ lives – especially when we get to the part where they’re having trouble in their relationship. It was very realistic for me and I loved it.

Ashish and Sweetie challenge each other in sports, in their thoughts, and in their hearts, and it was done absolutely beautifully. And the gift Ashish gives her? Honest to god I want it.

If you hadn’t guessed already, I loved There’s Something About Sweetie a lot. I think you will, too. You can pick up a copy for yourself from The Book Depository, Indiebound or Amazon.


Title: There’s Something About Sweetie

Author: Sandhya Menon

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Length: 384 Pages

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Rating: Highly Recommended

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

Representation: Indian-American main character, Indian-American author, fat main character, fat author


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