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?
Sandhya Menon has done it again. She’s written yet another amazing and beautiful contemporary that completely and utterly stole my heart. Simply put, it was everything I needed and wanted it to be. Can I leave the review at that? No? Oh well, I tried.
There’s Something About Sweetie is about Sweetie Nair, a formidable track athlete, loyal friend and amazing singer. She’s also fat, which her parents don’t particularly like. Especially her mother. It’s also about Ashish Patel, who you may remember as Rishi’s brother from When Dimple Met Rishi. He’s still crushed over his break-up with Celia and desperate to either get back together or get over her completely. So he decides to ask his parents for help. When their plan to set him up with Sweetie backfires because of her mother, Sweetie and Ashish decide to date after all because both of them have something to prove.
Okay, so when I read Sandhya’s first book, it just made me speechless. Dimple and Rishi are still one of my favorite YA couples ever and it was so fun to see them appear in this book as well. But this book is not about them. It’s about Rishi’s brother, Ashish, and Sweetie. And guys! I loved them! So much! Sweetie is just a walking ball of sunshine and rainbows. She is a powerhouse, people. And I admire her so much for her confidence and strength because that is not me at all. But I still felt so seen with the fat rep here. YES to powerful plus size girls in the lead! Meanwhile Ashish is more like a fragile little bird, my poor cinnamon son. I just wanted to give him hugs. He likes to act tough but inside he’s all soft. And yet he’s also a major flirt. LOVE.
I also quickly want to mention that I have a deep love for all the side characters. Sweetie’s friend squad was all kinds of awesome, as are Ashish’s friends. I need a book for each of them please and thank you. I also wildly loved Ashish and Rishi’s parents. They are so sweet and caring and I wanted to have them as my parents okay? I liked Sweetie’s parents as well, but only near the end. They were kind of horrible to Sweetie about her weight, especially her mom. But that was the point, so.
Okay but the romance, guys. THE ROMANCE. It was everything and more. It’s so soft and sweet and guys! It’s so low-angst and I am so happy! Yay for low-angst romances between people that know how to communicate! Sweetie and Ashish are adorable together and I love them to pieces and will ship them forever and ever. MY HEART. I did think some things were resolved pretty quickly in the end but that’s a nit pick, honestly.
All in all, There’s Something About Sweetie is a beautiful and sweet contemporary romance with an empowering message. I highly recommend everyone should read this because this is definitely among my favorites for 2019.