There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

Monday, May 13, 2019


by Sandhya Menon
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Publisher: Simon Teen
Publication Date: May 14th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷✷

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 was such a powerhouse of a character. She was fierce, strong, and wickedly funny. I can't tell you how much it meant to me to see a fat desi character at the forefront of a book. Being fat can be a hellish experience in any culture because of the way we are treated as ugly and unworthy of love, but it's even more daunting experience when you belong to a brown family. They constantly (and I do mean constantly) comment on your weight and your appearance and how much "prettier" you would be if you just lost some weight. It can be mentally draining to have to hear that you are undesirable and you just have to stand there without being able to fight back. Sweetie goes through that with her mother in There's Something About Sweetie. She won't let Sweetie date before losing weight, she won't let her wear the clothes that she wants, and she's constantly worrying about what other people will think of Sweetie. In her own twisted way, it's coming out of a place of love, but it doesn't make it any easier. Sweetie was bold and beautiful though, and we get to see much of her brightness emerge throughout this book as she decides to go after her own happiness regardless of what her mother thought. I loved that Sweetie was so much more than her weight. Yes, she's fat, but she has got so many interests that actively pursued including track and music. Honestly, Sweetie is the best and I would like to be her BFF - too bad, she's fictional! I'm really glad that teen girls now have this badass girl as a source of comfort.

Then, of course, there's Ashish. If you've read a book by Menon, then you already know that she writes incredible love interests. Ashish was no exception. He was so soft and kind and ugh, where do I find myself someone like him, please? Ashish is dealing with one his first ever break-ups and it's not going all that well. He decides to enlist his parents' help in setting him up with a girl since they did such a good job with his brother, Rishi. This is what puts Sweetie on his radar, and what begins is a super cute relationship that had my heart singing in joy. I didn't think it would be possible to love Ashish as much as I did Rishi in When Dimple Met Rishi, but my gosh, THIS BOY! I loved how respectful he was of Sweetie and how he saw her for the incredible girl that she was. The romance was just the best. There is great chemistry, the kissing was swoony, and the conversations the two shared as they grew close to one another were perfection. The shippy feels were out of this world with There's Something About Sweetie! Ashish's parents also deserve to be mentioned, because oh my gosh! They were funny and so supportive, but also very much of a pair of desi parents - I cracked up at their dating contract for Ashish and Sweetie. They were too precious and deserve to be protected at all costs!

There's Something About Sweetie is one of those books that takes you on a rollercoaster of an emotional ride. You will tear up, you'll laugh your butt off, and you'll swoon and sigh over the romance. Truly, it's the perfect package, and Sandhya Menon is just continuing to prove why she is at the top of my favorite author's list. I need more words from her, preferably, right now!

Have you read books from Sandhya Menon? What are some books that you've read that have good fat rep?
Let me know in the comments below!

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