“There’s Something About Sweetie is a warm story about loving yourself and opening yourself up to others. I instantly wanted to become best friends with Sweetie; not only is she aptly named and open-hearted, she’s hilarious, brilliant, and determined to better herself and the lives of everyone around her. As he falls for Sweetie, Ashish’s player-style humor quickly transforms into something sweet, a little self-conscious, and ultimately endearing. They’re a perfect match, and their struggles with image, perfectionism, and the everyday difficulty of being a teen strikes true.”
— Sami Thomason, Square Books, Oxford, MS
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 Offbeat
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?
About the Author
Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi, Of Curses and Kisses, and many other novels that also feature lots of kissing, girl power, and swoony boys. Her books have been included in several cool places, including the Today show, Teen Vogue, NPR, BuzzFeed, and Seventeen. A full-time dog servant and part-time writer, she makes her home in the foggy mountains of Colorado. Visit her online at SandhyaMenon.com.
PRAISE FOR THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE
"Hilarious. . .focuses on the brilliant qualities that make us ourselves." —Today.cocm
“Adorable, joyous.” —BuzzFeed
“A love story that fans of When Dimple Met Rishi will adore.” —Bustle
“Anytime your soul needs a hug, pick up a Sandhya Menon novel.” —Book Riot
“Hits all the right notes.” —Booklist, starred review
“Swoon-prone readers will wish the Patel boys came in six-packs.” —BCCB
“An entertaining romance.” —Kirkus Reviews
“There's something about the way Sandhya Menon writes love stories. 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 Offbeat
"A thoroughly delightful romance featuring a spirited, confident, and lovable heroine and an unexpectedly dashing romantic hero. Add to your must-read shelves!” —Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of Alex & Eliza and Love & War
“There’s something irresistible about Sandhya Menon’s novels—the romances are sweet and winning, the humor is cheerful and sly, and the families are warm and complicated.” —Stephanie Perkins, bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss and There’s Someone Inside Your House
PRAISE FOR FROM TWINKLE, WITH LOVE
A Junior Library Guild Selection Bustle’s 27 Most Anticipated YA Contemporary Books Hitting Shelves In 2018 Book Riot’s 25 YA Books to Add to Your 2018 TBR Right Now B&N Teen’s 8 Diverse Romances to Read Right Now
“Cinematic.” —Teen Vogue
“Funny and sweet.” —Buzzfeed
“Delightful, inspiring, and the hug your heart most certainly needs.” —Book Riot
“Charming and sophisticated.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Effervescent.” —Publishers Weekly
“Highly recommended.” —VOYA
PRAISE FOR WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI
An NPR Best Book of 2017 A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2017 A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2017 A School Library Journal Best Young Adult Book of 2017 A Chicago Public Library Best Teen Book of 2017 A Bustle Best YA Novel of 2017 A PopSugar Best Young Adult Novel of 2017 A Paste Magazine Best Young Adult Novel of 2017 A Book Riot Best Book of 2017 A B&N Teen Blog Best YA Novel of 2017 A Summer 2017 Top Ten Indie Next Pick A Junior Library Guild Selection
“Effervescent.” —Chicago Tribune
“Full of warm characters and sweet romance.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Get ready to fall in love with Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel.” —HelloGiggles
“Deliciously quirky, funny, and nerdy.” —Bustle
“Charming and heartwarming.” —PopSugar
“Utterly delightful.” —BookRiot
“Heartwarming, empathetic, and often hilarious—a delightful read.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A vibrant, joyous, funny love story.” —VOYA, starred review
“The strength of the story comes from its blending of Indian culture and values into a modern-day romance that scores of readers can enjoy.” —School Library Journal
“Bright and funny.” —Publishers Weekly
“Nuanced and thoughtful . . . will melt the hearts of readers.” —Booklist