There's something about Sweetie

Sandhya Menon

Book - 2019

"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 discover what love means to them. Ashish Patel didn't know love could be so... sucky. After being 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 his date on "fun" excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work? Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she's also fat. To Sweetie's traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death. Sweetie loves her parents, but she's so tired of being told she's lacking because she's fat. She decides it's time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she'll show the world (and herself) what she's really made of. Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there's an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?" --

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Subjects
Genres
Romance fiction
Published
New York : Simon Pulse 2019.
Edition
First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
Language
English
Item Description
Companion to: When Dimple met Rishi.
Physical Description
384 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781534416789
1534416781
Main Author
Sandhya Menon (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Seventeen-year-old, swoonworthy Ashish Patel is the basketball star of Richmond Academy. Bummed after being dumped by his college girlfriend, he challenges his parents to make good on their constant threat to find him an Indian American girl to date. Their choice is Sweetie Nair, Piedmont High's track star. When Ashish's mother proposes the match, Sweetie's mother adamantly insists that their children aren't compatible—namely because Sweetie is fat. Furious with her mother's constant ragging about her weight, Sweetie takes matters into her own hands and agrees to the Patels' four-date contract without telling her parents. Ashish and Sweetie accept the arrangement, each feeling they have something to prove, wondering if this arranged match will work, and not knowing what will happen when Sweetie's parents find out. Ashish and Sweetie share narrative duties, and both are flanked by supportive friends and caring parents—even if their approaches to love can be painful at times. Menon, as always, champions teens by allowing them the space and pace to make decisions, succeed or fail, learn, and blossom. This companion book to her successful debut, When Dimple Met Rishi (2017), hits all the right notes and delivers a joyful relationship that discards society's dictates about appearance in favor of loving the whole person. Give this to readers who love a good rom-com with a message.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Menon's debut won readers' hearts, and her fans will turn out in droves for its sequel. An author tour will add to the frenzy. Grades 7-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 7 Up– Ashish Patel is the handsome star basketball player who could get any girl he wants, but all of that changes when his girlfriend, Celia, dumps him and he can't seem to find his mojo. Though it's not his usual style, he decides to take matters into his parents' hands and asks them to arrange a suitable date for him. Sweetie Nair is intelligent, beautiful, and an amazing athlete who happens to be fat. She is filled with confidence but is constantly knocked down by her mother who believes that Sweetie can't be happy until she is thin. When Ashish's mother decides that Sweetie is the right girl for him and Sweetie's mother declines the arrangement, Sweetie goes against her mother's wishes and dates Ashish. They both have their reasons for dating each other, but neither expects it to end in love. This is a companion to Menon's popular book When Dimple Met Rishi and is also told in alternating perspectives. Fans of Menon will not be disappointed and will be excited to see cameos of Rishi and Dimple. VERDICT Give this entertaining read to romantic comedy fans everywhere.—Kristyn Dorfman, The Nightingale-Bamford School, New York City Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A companion to the best-selling When Dimple Met Rishi finds a brokenhearted Indian-American teen agreeing to allow his parents to set him up on culturally approved dates with a talented track athlete, who is tired of being nagged by her traditionally minded family about her plus-sized body. 75, first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A brokenhearted Indian-American teen agrees to allow his parents to set him up on culturally approved dates with a track athlete, who is tired of being nagged by her traditionally minded family about her plus-sized body.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Told in two voices, disappointed-in-love Ashish Patel and self-proclaimed fat athlete Sweetie Nair begin to find their true selves while dating under contract.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019“Adorable, joyous.” —BuzzFeed“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 and Leah on the OffbeatThe 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 discover what love means to them.Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After being 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 his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?

Review by Publisher Summary 5

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019'Adorable, joyous.' 'BuzzFeed'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 and Leah on the OffbeatThe 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 discover what love means to them.Ashish Patel didn't know love could be so'sucky. After being 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 his date on 'fun' excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she's also fat. To Sweetie's traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.Sweetie loves her parents, but she's so tired of being told she's lacking because she's fat. She decides it's time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she'll show the world (and herself) what she's really made of.Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there's an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?