There’s Something About Sandhya Menon’s Books: There’s Something About Sweetie & As Kismet Would Have It Review

Summary (from the publisher): 

51PEpjfmsLL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_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?

 

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

Between her past three books, Sandhya Menon is becoming one of my go-to YA contemporary authors. For some reason, I’ve picked up her latest release every year in June, so this year I saved There’s Something About Sweetie for that month. In short, There’s Something About Sweetie is my new favorite Sandhya Menon novel! I just fell head over heels in love with Ashish and Sweetie as a couple and as individual characters.

“But with Sweetie time passed in gentle waves. A conversation with her was like a warm hug and a cup of hot coca on a cold day – comforting, familiar, a place you never wanted to leave” (175).

There’s Something About Sweetie is such a sweet  YA rom-com. If Ashish’s father said ‘hanky-panky’ one more time, even I would have expected Sweetie to lose it! The book takes a comedic sort of turns in one of the main protagonist’s lives, as the charming Ashish’s heartbreak over his breakup with his girlfriend Celia drives him to allow his mother and father to choose a girl for him. It seemed to work with Dimple and Rishi, right? When Ashish’s parents try to set him up with Sweetie, Sweetie’s mother declines the relationship because of her daughter’s weight.

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Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Summary: Dimple Shah can’t wait to get away from her mother’s obsession with finding her the “Ideal Indian Husband” when she goes to Stanford University in the fall. She starts to think that her parents are on the same page as their career-first daughter when they allow her to attend Insomnia Con, a summer program for aspiring coders and web developers. Rishi Patel, on the other hand, greatly appreciates his Indian upbringing, including his parents’ wish for him to have an arranged marriage. With his future wife attending Insomnia Con as well, the hopeful romantic Rishi doesn’t think anything can go wrong– until he meets Dimple.

My Rating: 4.5/ 5 Stars

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My Thoughts:

When Dimple Met Rishi was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017, completely jealous of anyone who was able to receive an ARC back in January, and Sandhya Menon delivered in this young-adult romantic comedy. Besides its summer contemporary vibes, what drew me into this novel was its diversity, as Dimple and Rishi are both Indian Americans, whose families value tradition and in their case, arranged marriages. It was interesting to get a glimpse of their home lives (kudos to Dimple for sitting through tea time with her mom and auntie Ritu) and their culture. While Rishi definitely incorporates his family’s traditions more than Dimple into his daily life, I still enjoyed Dimple’s nods to her culture- wearing kurtas, performing a Bollywood dance at the summer program, etc.

One of the many things that I appreciated about When Dimple Met Rishi was Dimple’s confidence in accomplishing her goals. While she does develop feelings for Rishi and builds a strong relationship with him, I loved how she was determined to have a career and work on her app before the idea of marriage and having children even entered her mind. Her determination makes her a great role model not only for women entering the tech industry, but for all girls. Another aspect of the novel that I enjoyed was the ‘role reversal’ between Dimple and Rishi in the beginning of the novel. Dimple is furious that her parents would press an arranged marriage on her at this point in her life, contrary to Rishi’s excitement in getting to know his hopefully future wife. In some contemporary reads, often the female protagonists tend to be the head-over-heels characters , and I just loved this reversal.

Overall, I really enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi. Even though it was a tad predictable, this was the perfect YA rom-com because of its characters and diversity, and I’m excited to see what Sandhya Menon has next.

Have you read When Dimple Met Rishi? Share your thoughts and feels in the comments!