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There's Something About Sweetie

(Dimple and Rishi #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  693 ratings  ·  307 reviews

'I'm head-over-heels for this charming, funny, romantic, life-affirming book.' Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

The irresistible companion novel to the New York Times bestseller When Dimple Met Rishi, which follows Rishi's brother, Ashish, and a confident, self-proclaimed fat athlete named Sweetie as they both dis

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton
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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…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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Sep 10, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
When the general audience demands diversity, writers grant them their wishes and yet members of the audience continue to complain. Why? Too much brown people? Not enough white people?
Nah son step aside and let these Indian kids have the spotlight.
Jan 10, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
Megha Patel
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 15, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
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
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
Rachel Strolle
I cannot put into words what this means to me holy crap
Ashish was one of those naturally flirty people. It was, like, his resting state. He had resting flirty face.

Review is up (finally) up!

** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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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
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' after his fi
Lisa Wolf
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
Jun 05, 2018 marked it as 2019  ·  review of another edition
:)))) I just can't wait for an fat indian heroine!!!!!!! in ya!!! romance!!!
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
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looooooved it!
Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
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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
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

OMG!!! I loved loved loved every word of this book! Can I leave my review at that? Sandhya has been writing consistently amazing stories about brown girls and their happily ever after and it makes my heart very very happy. I feel like Sandhya Menon just gets what I want out of a feel-good book.

There's Something About Sweetie was extra special for me because I saw in Sweetie someone that young Nick could have aspired to be. She was amazing and I had so much admiration and respect for her. Sweetie
Kate ☀️ Olson
(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 friend
Fizah(Books tales by me)
Actual Rating 3.5
Via Publisher's Weekly 7/3/17: "According to [Thao] Le, the novel is told in dual perspectives, following Rishi's brother Ashish, as he 'hilariously navigates love and identity in the wake of a crushing breakup, and Sweetie Nair, a heavyset athelete who wants to prove she's more than just her dress size.' Publication is scheduled for summer 2019."
✩ Ashley ✩
Even though When Dimple Met Rishi didn’t quite hit the mark, I’m so game for round two when it involves my favorite from the book, Ashish!!! Ahhh that feeling when a side character finally gets the love :):):)
Madison Ellcessor
Wait . . . Are you telling me this isn't Celia? But I liked Ashish and Celia together more than the two main characters . . . Just why? Why?
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Real rating: 4.5 stars. Officially my favorite book from this author!
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
YOU GUYS! This is my favorite @smenonbooks novel yet! These characters have woven their way so deeply into my heart. I initially didn't think I could like a book with Ashish as much because of my first introduction to him in DIMPLE, but OMG, sooooo good and layered and I just can't wait to shout about this book next spring!

The perils of an early read? Nobody to talk to!!

And this cover?? It's from such an awesome scene and just, ahhh!!!
Menon's books about like a delicious bowl of ice cream: sweet and fun and sometimes, the exact thing you need. This book is no different. Told from the perspective of Ashish, the younger brother of Rishi, and Sweetie, this is a story about two teenagers falling in love, even though Sweetie's family doesn't think Ash is an appropriate partner for her. Ash's parents, however, concoct the relationship in secret and as the two fall deeper and deeper -- with plenty of room for the traditional element ...more

Also this cover is super cute =)
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ashish Patel is my new favourite character. Sweetie Nair rules the fat-girl-game. Them together makes my heart flutter.

Indian-American rep, fat girl rep, adorable romance and a hot and lovable love interest.
Sandhya Menon is definitely getting it all right.


May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely going to be on my favourite books of the year

So this book touched me in all the right places. This is the companion novel to When Dimple met Rishi. I read this last year and I lived it
So its about this girl called sweetie and a guy called Ashish. So sweetie is an Indian American plussize athlete who has always struggled with being accepted in the Indian community and also at home. She is the only child and her mother has this view that she can only be happy if she is thin.
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“She was constantly being forced to think of herself as the before picture, but when she spoke to her cousin, she saw that the after picture could include her just as she was right now.” 1 likes
“Tina auntie had a rating system of the prettiest desi girls and handsomest desi boys in her head at all times. She was like a walking Indian version of People magazine. Needless to say, Sweetie did not rank anywhere on her list. In fact, she was probably on some anti-list of some kind, knowing Tina auntie. “Top Ten Fat Feminist Desi Girls to Keep Your Boys Away from Before They Go Over to the Dark Side” or “Five Girls Whose Bodies Do Not Match Their Pretty Faces—BEWARE.” 1 likes
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