A Cute, Warm and Fuzzy Romance with Indian “Desi” Vibes | ARC Review: There’s Something About Sweetie (Dimple and Rishi #2) by Sandhya Menon

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 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?

Disclaimer: I received a physical copy of the book from Hachette India in exchange for an honest review! However, the thoughts, opinions expressed in the review are entirely my own.

I picked this cute, breezy and warm contemporary young adult romance in between some heavy fantasy and thriller books – and I actually picked it up just ‘cause I couldn’t exactly ignore the cover anymore. Every time I glanced at the book on my shelf; I just couldn’t help smiling back at the model on the cover.

And I knew that if only the cover could bring a smile on my lips, no matter what mood I may have been in; then my expectations for the book itself were sky high.

And the author proved exactly why she has such ardent fans all over the world – adding me on the list after this book.

Sweetie is a gregarious, intelligent girl of Indian Origin in USA – a star athlete, a talented singer and a straight A student – all in all, she is the kind of girl our Indian parents would compare our average tush to *grins*

But there’s one thing that her mother, and most nosy Aunties of the society would change about her is that she is by, society’s standards, FAT! Don’t take this to mean that she is unhealthy, she is definitely not (star track athlete, remember?); she just is not the right kind of “normal body” type by the society’s standards.

On the other hand, we have Ashish, the star basketball player; who has had his heart broken by a girl he was quite serious about – which leads to him falling into a funk, in both basketball and in his personal life.

So, he does the unthinkable (for him!); he asks his Indian parents to set him up with a suitable Indian girl. After all, if it worked for his elder brother, Rishi (of the When Dimple Met Rishi fame!); then it might have a considerable success for him as well, or so he hopes.

But when his mother approaches Sweetie’s mother to maybe talk about the possibility of their kids being set up – she is shot down, with the reason that no one in the society would actually believe a boy like Ashish would ever be interested in a ‘fat’ girl like Sweetie.

It is this conversation that Sweetie overhears and which prompts her to actually take charge of her life – which means confronting Ashish about who she is rather than who the society wants her to be.

The beauty of this book is that its written simply with Desi (Indian) vibes seamlessly thrown int the modern world of western teenagers – this makes it all the more relatable to the generation like mine who always seem to be oscillating between the conservative culture of the Indian Society as well as the western ideas we seem to gravitate towards in our life.

There’s Something About Sweetie is a book that will appeal to almost all ages, if this is a genre that you enjoy and will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, long after you close the book.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .25


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