There's Something About Sweetie

There's Something About Sweetie

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...

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Title:There's Something About Sweetie
Author:Sandhya Menon
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There's Something About Sweetie Reviews

  • Stacee

    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’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 them.

    Plot wise, it was everything I wanted. There were sweet dates and open communication and lots of kissing. Of course there are a few stupid decisions {that make complete sense}, but the angst doesn’t last long and the gestures that come after that are fantastic. Yes, I’m being vague on purpose.

    Overall, this was an amazing story and I can’t articulate how important it is and will be.

    **Huge thanks to Simon Pulse for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Rachel Strolle

    I cannot put into words what this means to me holy crap

  • Megha Patel

    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

    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 equal. We can achieve whatever we want though our will and not our weight.

    Sweetie is confident and fierce. I loved her from page one. She is a force of nature that just keeps getting better and better. She knew what she was worth form the beginning and proved it to everyone else too. I loved how she never once self pitied. She is strong and independent and just a total badass with a heart of gold.

    Ashish Patel may seem all cool and confident from the outside but inside he is struggling. It sure did get a little warming up to him but once I started to know him, I fell hard! He is like the sweetest person. He is caring, kind, and just adorable.

    And their duo is out of the world. I shipped them from the get go. And every interaction they had just solidified that. Their exchanges were OBVIOUSLY delightful. They fit and complete each other so well. They are literally made for each other.

    This was one of my most anticipated book of the year and I can gladly say that it did not disappoint. Not that I expected anything less form Sandhya Menon but she blew my expectations away and created a masterpiece. Sandhya Menon has managed to be one of my favorite authors in a very short time. I love her writing style, the humor, and the care she pours in it. I find myself literally laughing out loud from all the hilarious dialogues she includes. And of course, all the Indian aspects just makes my heart happy. All the tiny details she includes about the Indian culture. I LOVE it!! Plus, she included a Selena Gomez reference so what more can I want!

    will engross you completely. It’s a journey, it will make you happy, laugh, cry, swoon, and a little mad. All you’ll think about is Sweetie and Ashish. They will constantly make you smile form ear to ear. There is nothing but utter joy and happiness in this book. I absolutely love it so, so much!! 100% recommend to everyone.

    All the opinions are my own and completely honest. Thank you to Simon & Schuster for the ARC!!

  • Erin

    After enjoying

    in 2018, I couldn't resist the sequel to

    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

    After enjoying

    in 2018, I couldn't resist the sequel to

    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 that Sweetie will never be happy until she's thin. But then the two meet...

    This heartwarming story captured me from the very first page and after finishing it yesterday, I am still smiling. In Sweetie, Sandhya Menon has created a character that I wish I could have been in high school and I would definitely want my daughter to be. I also adored the friends of both parties and there was one scene in particular that has me laughing until tears were running down my cheeks.

    I recall years ago a person commenting to me that it always made them uncomfortable when encountering a certain type of couple. The tall muscular guy and his chubby girlfriend. I recall that person saying "Like, doesn't he know that he can do much better?" This was uncomfortable for two reasons- one I didn't share that thinking and two I WAS/still am a chubby girl and how dare they!! Now I haven't a clue whatever happened to that person, but I hope time has given them different opportunities to maybe broaden their vision.

    Great characters, solid storytelling, and just a downright wonderful gem of a novel. That's why my original 4 star rating is now bumped to a 5.

    Published on 14/05/19

    Goodreads Review 16/05/19

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    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

    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 about her, there is everything about her! She can run, sing, whatever she seats a goal she may achieve! She’s strong, brilliant, intelligent, funny and she understands people, she observes then empathizes and connects with their feelings!

    She’s the one! She might be overweighted but she accepts who she is, she doesn’t have inferiority complex! But unfortunately her mother has!

    Our story starts with our hero’s , down to earth, confused but mostly sweet, friendly Ashish who’s feeling like he’s overshadowed by his brother happily in love with his girlfriend because his own girlfriend has cheated on him which destroyed his self confidence !

    Now he decided his mother can play matchmaker and find a candidate trustworthy family for him to date!

    Her mom finds the best candidate, Sweetie! Yesss!

    But don’t get your hopes up! Because Sweetie’s mother thinks that her daughter is too fat and she’s not equal to Ashish! If they date, everybody will laugh behind them so she rejects Ashish’s mother proposal on phone .

    And the worst part, Sweetie hears everything her mother told about her!!! ( Yess! I’m volunteer to give free punching gloves to everyone for teaching the lesson she needs to learn and all the mothers think low about their daughters plan to destroy their own child’s self confidence!!!)

    But Swetie not only cries and resents, she acts behind her mother’s back and meets with Ashish!

    And you know what Ashish likes her appearance and her challenge to race!

    But our naive Ashish spills the beans and tells his parents his meeting with her!

    So their parents take the opportunity to teach their son Indian culture and show their blessings about dating with Sweetie by preparing a full contract designates their date locations, activities!( From the sacred temples to Holi Festival and nuttiest aunt visit you can ever imagine! At least fourth place will be decided by the couple! Yeap, Ashish’s parents in the middle of conservative and bad shit crazy)

    Yeap Sweetie accepts to sign a contract and obey it literally because Ashish’s parents promised her, they are going to keep as secret their dating from Sweetie’s parents till her birthday!

    And Sweetie gotta prove her mother she can date a popular, rich, good looking boy for the first time in her life. She has nothing to shame about herself or her appearance! She loves who she is so her loved ones should respect her opinions! This is her rebellion! So I raise my hand and say hell yeahhh in Sweetie we trust!!!

    I cut the points from the secrecy of Ashish who is texting to his ex ( she cheated on her but he is still heartbroken so he admits to Sweetie that their relationship can be only physical!!!) behind Sweetie’s back! And his friends repeated too many times he should give Sweetie a chance!!! What the heck!!!

    Well at least Ashish comes to his senses and he meets with his only for closure!

    And falling in love parts, one on one basketball game, Holi festival, their text messages give you awwww, yesss, yayyy moments!!!

    I enjoyed this book, loved the heroine and literally I wanted to give a big hug because she was so real so amazing! I loved the couple’s passion, chemistry, emotional growing!

    I also loved the references from Downtown Abbey to Dean Winchester, Aquaman to Popular Bollywood Star Hritnik Roshan!

    As a summary our hero has some flaws but our strong heroine successfully overcompensates his weaknesses!!

    It’s a great, entertaining, heartwarming story that I highly recommend to anyone who needs to learn love themselves!!!

  • Hollis

    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..).

    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..).

    I was really keen on this one because of the aforementioned fat issue. As per the summary, Sweetie was toted to be big and beautiful and trying to be braver, bolder, in the face of her mother's criticisms and constant need to hold her back for fear of what others might say or do. And this definitely lived up to that. I actually really really adored Sweetie. I liked how she pushed herself to take risks, to stand up for herself, how she was confident in herself despite the fact that everything (society, media) and everyone (family, peers) would have her believe there was something wrong with her. But I also appreciated her moments of doubt, of frustration, with her body -- we all have that one area, or more, no matter our size, that we just dislike -- that just proved she was human, too.

    "

    "

    As for Ashish, this is where the connection to the first book came. He's Rishi's little brother; confident, cocky, not-quite-connected-to-his-culture, and also recently heartbroken and reeling from the fact that for all his cool player ways he actually loved his ex, and doesn't know how to move on. Desperate to change things up, get his groove back, he follows in Rishi's footsteps and has his parents set him up with someone they approve of. And in comes Sweetie. Nothing like the previous girls he dated and yet..

    I loved their connection, I loved their differences, I loved their individual sets of friends, and all the diversity within the pages. I'll admit that some of the monologue-y impassioned speeches or wise observations were a little much, and kind of over the top, and not hardly what I think we'd see from sixteen and seventeen year olds. But they were passionate and wise and accurate. So, thumbs up, but maybe a little too much and a few too many.

    There's your typical 'hide something for good-ish reasons and have it blow up in your face' drama, which is hardly limited to YA and happens in all romance, and some issues or conversations did feel repetitive, plus Sweetie's mother as the sole hold out only to have the eleventh hour epiphany was kind of.. shrug. Again, typical, and I would've liked to have seen more gradual awareness in that transition but alas. The romance, too, is definitely a fall hard and fall fast situation and, again, ooey gooey sweet, but I still liked it.

    If you want a diverse, feel good, YA contemporary that's heavy on the romance and heavy on self-acceptance, this is the book for you.

    ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

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  • Dahlia

    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

  • Mina

    DID YOU MEAN WHEN ASHISH MET CELIA THOUGH????

  • Sofie

    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.

  • Kadbury

    Am I the only person who thought of

    once they saw the tentative title?

    Specifically

    The adorkable Sweetu

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