Review: There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

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Review: There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya MenonThere's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
Series: Dimple and Rishi #2
Published by Simon Pulse on May 14, 2019
Pages: 384
Source: the publisher
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The irresistible companion novel to the New York Times bestseller When Dimple Met Rishi, which follows Rishi’s brother, Ashish, and a confident 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?

I finished this awhile ago, but I’ve put off reviewing it because I’ve been in a review slump and I feel like my reviews are just all babble and crap lately. However, I really loved this book and really wanted to get this review posted already. So.. Here goes nothing!

This book was beyond incredible. I really enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi, but I loved this book even more. Sweetie, as a fat girl, was so incredibly relatable. Many times while reading, I found myself nodding or crying – or both – to the things Sweetie said/felt, or the things other people said to her. ESPECIALLY HER MOTHER. Amma just… ARRGGHHH. OMG don’t even get me started.. I can’t even discuss this.. Not because of spoilers, but because I’ll get angry all over again and start crying.

I ADORED Ashish. And felt so bad for him. As much as I liked Rishi, I could tell right from the moment Ashish stepped onto the page (in When Dimple Met Rishi) that Rishi was too hard on him and too judgmental of his actions. But now, seeing Ashish’s cool, aloof self so broken up about Celia, it makes my heart break for him even more. He tries SO hard to act tough, but everyone has their limits.

Elijah and Oliver were BEYOND adorable. And I totally predicted Samir and Pinky would get a book before it was even announced – SO PUMPED FOR IT!!!!

The ending of this book was absolute, utter perfection. I loved it so much, I can’t even put it into words. Like… There’s so much more I want to say about this book, but… review slump. And babble. I want to avoid babbling like an idiot. I want to do this book justice. So I’m going to leave it here and just recommend the CRAP out of this book. Like, please please please read it. It was SO AMAZING!!!!


Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya MenonDimple and Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Series: Dimple and Rishi #1
Published by Simon Pulse on May 30, 2017
Pages: 380 pages
Format: Hardcover
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Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

“It’s even necessary to break the mold. We need more people shaking things up.”

I’ve been reading a lot of heavy high fantasies and dark historical fictions this year, and I was starting to feel some major Genre Burn-out – and my book slump has been bad enough as it is; I did NOT need Genre Burnout on top of everything else! So I decided it was time to pick up When Dimple Met Rishi. Everyone I know who has read this book has ADORED IT and absolutely GUSHED about it. And HOLY WOW, WERE THEY RIGHT!!! I’m SO sorry I didn’t read this sooner. It was an absolutely adorable romcom with amazing characters and an epic plot that had me laughing, crying, and cheering. The high stakes Insomnia Con element had my heart pounding in my throat the whole time.

Dimple was a fun, sassy, strong-willed character. I loved how fierce and opinionated she was, and the way she stood-up for what she wanted. She was also a fiercely loyal friend. Rishi was completely adorable. I felt so bad for him, the way he desperately wanted to draw but felt obligated to do what his parents expected of him. But I also understand and appreciate the fact that he felt very close to his culture and heritage, so pleasing his parents was something he WANTED to do, something that came naturally to him. I also loved how down-to-earth he was, despite being a rich kid (something Dimple takes note of, as well, when she finds out just how rich he really is).

There are many things in this book I don’t feel I can comment on because I don’t want to stray outside my lane and comment on a culture that I’m not intimately familiar with. But I’ve heard from many own voices bloggers and reviewers that this book was amazing and mirrored their experiences growing up – that that they were able to see themselves in this book and these characters. I think the best review I’ve read is from Alyssa over at The Eater of Books.

What I DO want to say is that I feel like I learned a lot by reading this book. I found myself googling a lot of things, trying to understand and better visualize what exactly was happening. I googled the different types of clothes they were wearing, what certain words meant, and some of the dances Dimple and Rishi were rehearsing.

The only negative thing I really have to say about this book is that, at times, the POV changing multiple times in one chapter was confusing. It made it a little hard to get into the flow of the story. But the more into the book I got, the easier the transition became.

Overall, this book was an adorable, fun, laugh-out-loud joy to read. I’m diving right into There’s Something About Sweetie, and I’m SO pumped for Ashish’s story. I can tell from what we saw of him in this book that we’ve only just begun to learn who he really is. And, of course, I’m excited to meet Sweetie, what with all the body positivity and well-done fat rep I’ve heard is in this book.

So yeah, I HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone looking to read an epic romcom, and anyone who wants a book with Indian rep in it. This book was just absolutely fantastic and you WON’T regret picking it up!