Today is day 20 of Asian American Pacific Heritage Month and I’m sharing an AAPI book a day that I want to read. This past weekend I had the pleasure of being on the faculty of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency Big Sur at Cape Cod retreat where I led two groups of 5 writers each. These writers shared their work for feedback and all 10 of the writers in my groups were talented and a joy to work with. Among the faculty was senior editor Jennifer Ung – editor of today’s featured book.
There’s Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon is the companion novel to one of my recent favorite YA romance novels – When Dimple Met Rishi. I’m super excited to read this one! I picked up a copy at Eight Cousin’s Books, during our author signing. (And just barely got my hands on it before Jennifer Laughran!)
From the publisher:
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?