A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
While only briefly described, Sweetie and Ashish's first dates do take readers to a Hindu temple and the Hindu festival of Holi (or Festival of Colors), where visitors dump packets of brightly covered powder over one another to celebrate the beginning of spring.
You're not defined by what you look like on the outside.
Positive Role Models
Sweetie grows in self-confidence as story unfolds. She refuses to see herself as simply a fat girl unworthy of dating a boy like Ashish, focuses instead on things that make her special: that she's a good friend, a straight-A student, blazing fast on the track. Ashish never sees Sweetie's weight as a reason not to date her. He loves that she's an athlete and that she's a good person.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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A few uses of "damn," "pissed," "hell," and "crap."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sandhya Menon's There's Something About Sweetie is the companion novel to her New York Times best-seller When Dimple Met Rishi. Handsome, rich, and popular Ashish Patel is Rishi's 17-year-old younger brother. He's just been dumped by the last in a long line of non-Indian girlfriends, so his parents decide to take matters into their experienced hands. They did so well matching Rishi up with Dimple, they're certain they can do the same for Ashish. The Indian American girl they choose surprises everyone. Sweetie Nair is smart and athletic, a track star at her high school. She's also fat (the author's word). Because of that, Sweetie's mother refuses to even consider a date between her daughter and Ashish. When hopes for the match seem all but lost, Ashish's parents come up with a plan. The teens may start dating without Sweetie's parent's permission, but only if the Patels can choose where they'll go on their first dates. Like Menon's previous novels, this is a charming romantic story. There's no violence. Sexual content is limited to kissing. There are a few uses of "damn," "pissed," "hell," and "crap."
Is It Any Good?
This charming, sweet romantic comedy tackles the serious issue of body shaming and being judged only by how you appear on the outside. In There's Something About Sweetie, author Sandhya Menon once again features a seemingly unlikely love match between two Indian American teens. But this time, readers may find that the unfolding romance isn't quite as believable, as both Ashish and Sweetie often speak and behave in ways that make them seem wise way beyond their years.
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