Number of pages: 384
Rating (out of five stars): 4.5
Release Date: May 14, 2019
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.
I love Sandhya Menon’s books. I say this all the time (which probably means it’s not as true as I think it is anymore), but I’m not a huge contemporary fan and her books always make me happy.
I feel like this book was exactly what I needed. There were so many times where I found I myself with a huge smile on my face while reading. Like I’d just have a giant grin on my face while reading on the bus. This book is adorable, Ashish and Sweetie are adorable together, the Patels and their date planning is adorable. There are of course some less fun moments, because what’s life without those, but these jocks have stolen my heart.
Of course Ashish, Sweetie, and their friends and family all feel like well-rounded, human characters. They all have distinct personalities (and we’re dealing with 2 families and 2 friend groups here), and the teens feel like teens. Sweetie in particular has my whole heart. She is so unbelievably kind and so happy with the way she is to a level I aspire to.
Speaking of that, because I had to yell at my family about this, people can be fat and perfectly healthy. People can be fat and athletes. There is a certain body type where you will never be skinny no matter how much you exercise. Just because a person is skinny doesn’t mean they’re healthy, and just because a person is fat doesn’t mean they’re unhealthy. I hate this argument that fat people are all unhealthy and unhappy. I hate it so much. It’s probably why I was so frustrated with Sweetie’s mom and her mom’s friend. If you don’t have the kind of confidence in yourself that Sweetie has, the constant comments about your weight mess you up for life (and even if you’re happy with yourself they’re still incredibly damaging).
I loved the dates they went on. They weren’t your typical dates, but they were definitely cool to read about. Ashish and Sweetie were just so sweet with each other, and they learned so much from the other.
Overall, There’s Something About Sweetie is the adorable romance you need in your life, earning it 4.5 stars out of 5.