There’s Something About Sweetie – Sandhya Menon

There's Something About Sweetie

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s Something About Sweetie is an adorable, contemporary by Sandhya Menon. It takes place in the same world as When Dimple Met Rishi, as one of the main characters Ashish is Rishi’s younger brother. Menon’s books are the perfect summer reads as they are heartwarming, cute, and easy to devour whether you’re by the pool, the ocean, or just hanging out in the A/C trying to stay cool.

The two main characters in this book are Ashish and Sweetie. Both of which I fell in love with pretty quickly. Ashish is a basketball star and a bit of a player, but after he finds out that Celia cheated on him and they broke up – he lost his mojo. He just doesn’t have his heart in the game and he needs to figure himself out. As a result, he actually agrees to let his parents set him up with an Indian girl, as they did for Rishi. Even though he expects that it won’t turn out well, he is throwing caution to the wind in the hopes that he is able to go back to his usual flirty skills and basketball star ways – but it doesn’t quite go the way he plans.

Sweetie is fat and proud of who she is – she’s a track star, for one. She just wished that other people would see her for who she was and not constantly tell her “oh but if you were only…” you’d be happier. She is happy. But now she wants to prove to the world that she is happy, successful, and thus the Sassy Sweetie project is born. She’s confident, fierce, and fat. Maybe she’ll finally be able to convince her mom and everyone else who ever doubted her what she’s worth.

I thought that Menon did a good job with both character’s friends, but I definitely wanted more character development and depth from them. Sometimes I found Elijah and Oliver to be interchangeable and kept forgetting what made Izzy different from Suki. They just didn’t stand out enough to me to be memorable. That being said, as they were side characters they don’t necessarily need to be as impactful – but I still wish they had more weight and impact on the story.

The plot was absolutely adorable and I fell in love with the story. Ashish and Sweetie developed quickly, but organically. It didn’t feel like insta-love to me and I appreciated that. They had their issues and sometimes needed to trust the other person more, but that’s what made it feel more authentic. It’s definitely heartwarming, engaging, and I would definitely recommend it!

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