There’s Something About Sweetie
By: Sandhya Menon
3 out of 5 stars
There’s Something About Sweetie is a companion novel to When Dimple Met Rishi. This book follows Sweetie and Ashish’s (Rishi’s younger brother) journey. Ashish is down and depressed so he resorts to asking his parents to set him up with an Indian girlfriend. His parents pick Sweetie Nair, who is a track athlete, an amazing singer, and who also happens to be fat. Sweetie’s mother does not approve and does not consent to the relationship because of Sweetie’s weight compared to Ashish’s. So, Sweetie and Ashish date behind her mother’s back while trying to figure out who they are and how to convince her mother to let them date.
I really enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi, but this book was not even close to being as good. It was very predictable and cheesy. It was like a typical romance novel with lots of cheesy dialogue. I also am never a fan of people dating for a month and then being madly in love. I know they are teenagers, but just seems silly.
I also had trouble connecting with the characters. Sweetie was this amazing athlete, but also happened to be fat? I can see her being athletic, but not the star track athlete she is portrayed to be. This is what I mostly just did not find believable in the book. She was also a great singer and the sweetest, kindest person you would meet. So basically, she was perfect except for being fat.
This was a letdown after reading the first book, hopefully it was just a one off and Sandhya Menon will do better with her next book.