There’s Something about Sweetie – Published 2019
“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?” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
These characters are so sweet! Sweetie is strong, confident and funny. Ashish is romantic, adorable and thoughtful. I ship them so hard!
I love the body positive aspect of this YA book; it’s so important for young people (and old). Sweetie is “fat” and wants people to know that it doesn’t need to have a connotation. I’m 6 months postpartum, so I could relate to the pressures society and others place on someone to look a certain way, to lose weight or appear “healthy”.
I did not think I was going to like the premise of the book and the dating arrangement between Ashis and Sweetie, but it was actually very cute and enjoyable. It ended up being a very quick read.
I haven’t read YA in a while, surprisingly, so it was refreshing and fun. This is also a companion novel to When Dimple Met Rishi, and I think I liked it better! Ashish is Rishi’s young, and funnier brother. Both showcase Indian American culture, celebrating some diversity, which I love as well.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
These are some pretty intense relationships for high schoolers.