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There's Something About Sweetie

(Dimple and Rishi #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  7,163 ratings  ·  1,649 reviews
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 takin
378 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Simon Pulse
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Sandhya Menon Hi! I'm so sorry you're sad that Ashish and Celia break up! But I promise, once you meet Sweetie, you'll see how PERFECT Ash and she are for each othe…moreHi! I'm so sorry you're sad that Ashish and Celia break up! But I promise, once you meet Sweetie, you'll see how PERFECT Ash and she are for each other. Plus, Celia does make a cameo in There's Something About Sweetie! :)(less)

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: maybe
4.75 holi-stic, colorful, heartwarming, dancing stars singing baby’s got blue skies over head but in this I’m a rain cloud,you know she likes a dry kind of love oh ohhh sweetest thing stars!!!Yeap I’m singing Sweetest Thing from U2 after I finished this book!

My head turns because of overloaded feelings are now everywhere ! After reading this book I feel joy, hope, love, genuineness, wholeheartedness, happiness, freedom , adrenaline, optimism pumping into my blood!

Sweetie , there is not something
C.G. Drews
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Somedays you just need the cute and fluffiest of romcoms (with a bit of angst because OF COURSE) and this definitely delivered !! I think When Dimple Met Rishi will always be my favourite, but aww there was so much to adore with this one.

➢ I loved how Sweetie was The Softest and so wise and mature, but also not about to be walked over! I love angry girls, but soft girl rep is important too and I just adore her!
➢ I actually didn't remember Ashish much from Dimple & Rishi's book oops, but he was a
Jan 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
Am I the only person who thought of Kal Ho Na Ho once they saw the tentative title?



The adorkable Sweetu

I’m absolutely here for Sandhya’s words and I was beyond excited to see Ashish get his own book.

You guys. I can’t even tell you how much I love Sweetie. She’s so good and such a lovely person. I loved how she saw herself and how she was happy with herself. Ashish took me a second to warm up to, but he was quite a marshmallow and I was quickly invested. And there’s such a great cast of secondary characters here: both Sweetie and Ashish have excellent friends and I’m hoping we’ll get more from the
I wish I could have given this a higher rating. Books that are geared more towards the plot irritate me, and average and weak writing can ruin a story for me as well and it was the latter with this one.

On the whole, this was sweet. I enjoyed the overall story of a fat girl proving to herself and others that she doesn’t need to be thin to be considered worthy or to have success. And she was doing this whilst challenging the Indian cultural norm and being respectful of it at the same time.

Megha Patel
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow, wow, wow!! Freaking wow!

Honestly, how can I not give this book anything but 5 stars. Matter of fact, I would give it a million! Obviously.

I mean what more can you want from a book than for it to be extremely adorable and a swoon-fest along with an important message. This book is not just about a cute romance but it also digs deep into self love and worth. It teaches us we are enough the way we are. The society may create a gap between “thin” and “fat” but at the end of the day we are all e
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
THAT WAS THE CUTEST, MOST WHOLESOME THING EVER AND MY HEART CAN'T HANDLE IT. LOVED THIS. even more so than When Dimple Met Rishi. Sweetie and Ashish were just wonderful characters and i love them so much and want the best for them both. ...more
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So, don't pelt me with rotten fruit, but I have to get this out of the way : THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE was very.. sweet. Kind of gooey. I wonder if it was a deliberate choice in order to balance out the less-than-fun fatphobic elements of the story or if that's just the author's preference (I've read WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI but it was a few years ago and I can't remember what the sweet factor was like, so, anyway..).

Resisting fatphobic messages was one thing -- but what about the insidious,
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
My meanest dearest cousin ordered recommended to read this book. I absolutely hate love her for being stubborn thoughtful.
I continue to adore every single one of these books, but oh man, this one really had the fat rep of my heart. Also, one of my favorite endings (like, literal closing lines) of any YA ever. I don't even know why, but just...yeah <3 ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley, series
After enjoying From Twinkie, With Love in 2018, I couldn't resist the sequel to When Dimple met Rishi. Ashish, the younger brother of Rishi, is a high school basketball star and resident playboy, who has just had his heart broken. His parent's solution-let's find you a nice Indian-American girl. Enter Sweetie, a young woman that attends the same school as Ashish. A member of the track team and a gifted singer, Sweetie has often felt judged on her physical appearance. Even her mother believes t ...more
kav (xreadingsolacex)
"'Sweetie she's...she's like the other half of my jagged soul, you know? She's got the soft edges that fuse with my hard ones.' He shook his head. 'There's something about Sweetie. Something I can't explain.'"

There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon is her third YA contemporary rom-com, this one a sequel to When Dimple Met Rishi, her debut novel. There's Something About Sweetie follows the story of Ashish Patel, Rishi Patel's ~ cool ~ younger brother who loses his 'mojo' afte
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
This was my least favorite book by Sandhya Menon. The characters were all so one-dimensional, their dialogue was generic, and the story was really repetitive. 
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
The cover is SO cute!! All of Menon's covers are so attractive!

Sweetie is a fat girl, she loves her friends, school, life, she is athletic, a runner and a singer. Her only problem in life is her mother. Who doesn't think Sweetie is good enough until she loses weight. Things go worse when Sweetie is into this guy Ashish and his parents want to set Sweetie up with him but her mom says that Sweetie can't be with him because they won't suit, she is fat and he is handsome, he is rich and she is "Swee
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars. I really adored this book, friends! It’s easily become my favorite of Sandhya Menon’s body of work. I truly feel like this YA rom-com also has so much heart, and Sweetie and Ashish were both wonderful. Totally enjoyed it and cannot recommend it enough!
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Is there anything better than a sweet cute contemporary that packs all the feels and leaves you with a smile shinning bright on your face? Something fun and energetic and most of all, just really really good? Nope, I don't think so, at least, not in the book world.

There's Something About Sweetie was so wonderful. Packed full of sweet and heartfelt messages about accepting who we are and being strong and independent while still being respectful of others.

I love not only the strong and powerful m
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
“to me, ‘fat’ isn’t a bad word. it’s other people who’ve made it like that. it’s as much a part of me being an athlete or indian american or a girl.”

this was the cute and fluffy story i had needed. sweetie is quite literally the sweetest girl ever. i especially loved the fat rep and how open and empowering she is about her body. it wasn’t the cliché “no one will love me until i lose weight and love myself” kinda story, but she OWNED it and proved people that fat does not equal unhealthy or laz
Kate (GirlReading)
This was everything I hoped it would be and then some.
It was adorable, funny, infuriating, real, honest and empowering. I loved it with my whole heart.
Lisa Wolf
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet, empowering romantic story about love and family, this book follows two teen children of Indian-American descent as they navigate dating, love, and standing up for themselves. Sweetie is a terrific lead character -- a talented singer and athlete, a good friend, a successful student, but she's held back by her mother's view that she won't be truly acceptable unless she loses weight. Sweetie is tired of the fat-shaming. She actually likes herself as is, and wants her mother to see her as b ...more
Fizah(Books tales by me)
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
Actual Rating 3.5
It is the sequel of When Dimple Met Rishi, Ashish who is Rishi’s younger brother is MC here. I didn’t like Ashish in the first book. He was stubborn and annoying. But the first person POV made him looks better :D.

It is a light and quick read. The story focuses on two important issues, being fat is not bad and What the society will say( It is a big thing in South Asia, as we live in close communities so people have a real impact in your life, so yes parents are always too conscio
Oh. My. Gosh. I am totally swooning! This book is amazing (I know, I say that often, but it's true!!)!!!!!

This book is inspiring and delivers an important message in an impressive way: love yourself as you are, don't change, you are beautiful inside AND out! I've never been fat, I've always had a hard time using this word because it's pejorative, but I've been bullied in high school because I was tall and thin. I'm not saying it's the same thing, I'm saying you don't have to be fat to be bullie
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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.

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
Valliya Rennell
3.75 stars

I delayed going into this book for ages. Like, I loved the first companion novel so I didn't want to ruin my impression of it, if I didn't like the 'sequel'. Luckily for me, though not being on that 5 star level of When Dimple Met Rishi, it did give me "all the feels" again. Sweetie is the star cross country runner of her school's team, she sings, she has loving friends, but she is fat, and that is the thing that her mother fixates on. She doesn't see Sweetie, she only sees her weight.
If I thought When Dimple Met Rishi was wonderful, there is no way I could have described how excited I was for this one. While getting a story about Ashish was in itself a draw, my main reason to read this was a fat brown desi heroine. They so so rare in media that I don’t even look for this representation, so it was such a pleasant surprise when I first saw the amazing cover of this book. And I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it.

We already know from the first book that Ashish is a co
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My god 😍 sweetie is one of my fav female leads ever

There is so much about this book that i love many things hit close to home really close 😔

After reading this book i am disgusted by the people who put others down just to feel better about themseleves totally disgusted 😑

I feel like sweetie mom truly only wanted to protect sweetie becz they do give people who are different a hard time and they sadly get accepted easily but when she standup for sweetie i have tears in my eyes

It did get a little che
Rebekah Weatherspoon
SUPER FREAKING CUTE! Can't wait to read more from Sandhya. ...more
Kate Olson
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(free review copy) AWWWWW ❤️ This is officially my new favorite YA rom com - it’s ADORABLE and modern and has the best body positive message ever. Add it to the like of Dumplin’ / Puddin’ and The Summer of Jordi Perez as an exemplar of a kick ass teenage girl loving who she is - including a body that some in society deem unacceptable. I adore the author’s note about reclaiming the word fat!

Oh, and let’s count the other things I love too! 1) no bro culture or sex-focus. The male lead’s best frien
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Looooooved it!
Salma19 (High Lady of the Dawn Court)
The last one-star book of the 2010-2019 decade

Did I mention I love "cuisses de grenouille"?
-French for 'frog legs' (p. 325)

You fool kids, it literally means 'frog thighs', and I am a Francophone to have a say about it. Authors, please stop misusing foreign words to look fancy in your writing.

There's Something about Sweetie: The Deception of 2019
The completed review

If you’re looking for a rom-com to devoure during Valentine’s Day, skip this one.

Guys! I've never even kissed a boy. (p.122)
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
holy shit y’all i wish i had words to express how much i loved this book

this was THE SWEETEST book ever i loved sweetie and ashish i loved the pop culture and bollywood references i loved the discussions about female empowerment and the reclaiming of the word ‘fat’ as something positive i LOVED the family dynamics and the many moments towards the end of the book especially between sweetie and her mum which made me SOB

this book was super cute and happy and frustrating and angsty and dramatic and
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Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels with lots of kissing, girl power, and swoony boys. Her books have been featured in several cool places, including on The Today Show, Teen Vogue, NPR Book Review, Buzzfeed, and Seventeen. A full-time dog servant and part-time writer, she makes her home in the foggy mountains of Colorado.

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