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There's Something about Sweetie
There's Something about Sweetie | Sandhya Menon
The irresistible companion novel to the New York Times bestseller When Dimple Met Rishi, which follows Rishi's brother, Ashish, and a confident fat athlete named Sweetie as they both discover what love means to them. 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?
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dariazeoli
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Saw this image on the Over app and thought it related to my current read! Sweetie is fat. She‘s okay with it. Her mother is not. Thank goodness she‘s got a strong support system in friends and other family.

I managed to make it to the post office today with three pieces of mail. Chipping away at my #jb stack! Hope you‘re all enjoying the weekend.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Definitely deserving of my hoarded tea from India. Writing is witty. Interesting look into Indian American families. How they balance Traditional Culture with Modern Life.
I particularly loved the message of standing up for yourself. To not be afraid to live your life as you are right now. You don't have to look like a supermodel to be happy. Also be sure to read the heartfelt Author's note.
Now if only I had some Gulab jamun. 🤓

OriginalCyn620 This is on my TBR! Great pic too! 😊 (edited) 2mo
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ReadingEnvy
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I had an ARC of this book this past spring but forgot to read it. What a pleasure to see a positive story about a girl trying to live her best life while also pursuing romance. If you read When Dimple Met Rishi, this is Rishi's community back home. I was impressed by how Sweetie's empathy is portrayed in how she deals with everyone around her. This is a feel good read with lots of Desi culture.
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#romantsy

readordierachel The cover is so joyful. It makes me smile. 2mo
ReadingEnvy @readordierachel it's a good capture of the tone of most of the book 2mo
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xicanti
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Easily my favourite of Menon‘s books to date. Sweetie and Ashish are the best kind of romance protagonists: two people who‘re interesting on their own and even better once they start bouncing off each other. I rooted for them the whole way through—especially when they did SPORTS STUFF together! Yay, sports romances!

I also found Sweetie‘s relationship with her mom heartbreaking, and I‘m glad the queer characters got their own subplot.

Hoopiefoot I can‘t wait to read this! Bumping it to the top of my list based on your review😀 3mo
xicanti @Hoopiefoot I hope you love it as much as I did! 3mo
Lovesbooks87 I loved this book. There were many times I wanted to punch Sweetie's mom!!!! 3mo
xicanti @Lovesbooks87 she made me SO MAD. 3mo
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xicanti
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We‘re having a monsoon this morning. The street‘s totally flooded, so I‘m just gonna stay at home. Poor Casey hasn‘t even HINTED he‘d like to go for a walk, which is how you know it‘s serious.

I also woke up with a baaaad headache that made it tough to read while I breakfasted. Audiobooks to the rescue! I listened to a big chunk of THERE‘S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE while I cooked eggs and wilted the chard I got the other day. #audiocooking

cobwebmoth Hope your head feels better soon.❤ 3mo
Mimi28 Stay safe and I hope you feel better!! ❤️❤️ 3mo
Megabooks Take care! ❤️ 3mo
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xicanti @cobwebmoth @Mimi28 @Megabooks thanks, everyone! My head‘s doing better now, but the water situation‘s escalating. There‘s a couple of cars foundered in the middle of the street, because people will try to drive through the flooded area, and I‘m pretty sure some of the parked cars have been flooded out too. The water level‘s up into their license plates. 3mo
readordierachel Glad your head is feeling better. Hope everyone stays safe with all that water. 3mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai Winnipeg, right? It was a helluva rain. It woke me up this morning. I sat myself down by a window and read my book. 3mo
Eyelit Take care and hope things get better! 3mo
xicanti @readordierachel it‘s been pretty intense. It looks like they cancelled the local schools for the day, but they were already in session so I dunno how all the kids‘ parents managed to get through the flooding and pick them up. 3mo
xicanti @GrilledCheeseSamurai good plan. My entire neighbourhood‘s flooded after the deluge. 3mo
xicanti @Eyelit it‘s stopped raining for now. Hopefully the water will have drained by the time it starts back up again. 3mo
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xicanti
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Casey and I took a lovely #audiowalk this morning. The skies were gloomy but the temperature wasn‘t too bad.

Book‘s still great, too. You can see it headed towards certain cliches as the relationship rolls along, but the bulk of it is so charming that I really don‘t care.

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xicanti
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I haven‘t had a whole lot of listening time today, but I made a bit of progress through THERE‘S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE while I dealt with part of the giant bunch of chard my neighbour gave me earlier this evening.

The book‘s still great. I‘m sure the chard‘ll be great, too, but I‘m tired of eating it as chips or tossing it in anywhere I‘d normally use kale. Do any of you have some favourite chard-forward recipes? #audiocooking #sortof

Lindy I like chard cooked with a little soy sauce and garlic. Sauté the stems separately because they take longer. (edited) 3mo
effani I like to saute chard with onion and garlic and use that as a burrito filling, along with fresh tomato salsa and rice. (This is a very abridged version of a recipe from the tagged cookbook, which is a favorite in my house) 3mo
xicanti @Lindy I like the sound of that. It‘s similar to the seasonings I use with shimeji mushrooms. 3mo
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xicanti @effani I don‘t eat onions, but I‘m sure I can adapt that! I‘ve also got a ton of tomatoes courtesy of the same neighbour and his extensive garden. 3mo
Lindy I remembered having a sweet tart made with chard when I was in Nice. Tourte de blettes. David Leibovitz has a recipe: https://www.davidlebovitz.com/swiss-chard-tart-recipe-tourte-de-blettes/ 3mo
xicanti @Lindy this sounds intriguing, and I‘ve got everything except the pine nuts on hand. 3mo
xicanti @mreads I do like hummus! I‘m gonna see if I can find some affordable tahini so I can try that. 3mo
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Lovesbooks87
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erinreads Her covers are always so fun! 3mo
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xicanti
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I‘ve listened to almost half of THERE‘S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE today, thanks to some intense cleaning and a sunset #audiowalk. It‘s so cute! But it also hurts my soul! And there‘s SPORTS!

I like it a lot, is what I‘m saying.

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UnabridgedPod
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Sandhya Menon's third YA novel, There's Something about Sweetie, is a beautiful followup to her first (and my favorite!) When Dimple Met Rishi. This new book focuses on the relationship between Ashish (brother to Rishi from book 1) and Sweetie, a self-proclaimed fat athlete whose traditional South Asian mother constantly criticizes her weight. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Menon says, in her Author's Note, that she "wanted to write honest conversations between a fat Indian-American teen and her mother. [She] wanted to put the same messaging [she]--and so many others--got onto the page, and [she] wanted to have this strong, beautiful main character refute it on the page." Through the novel, those goals are obvious. ⬇️ 4mo
UnabridgedPod There were times when I was taken out of the storyline because of the explicit passages addressing the stated issue. Ultimately, though, I loved this book and these characters. The novel alternates between the perspectives of Ashish and Sweetie, and each is endearingly sweet and vulnerable and true to the teenager she (and he) is. 4mo
JoyBlue I just stacked When Dimple Met Rishi. Thanks! 4mo
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Merethebookgal
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Another adorable YA Romance from Menon! I don‘t think I liked it quite as much as “When Dimple Met Rishi,” but I loved Sweetie. She was such a great character! I also enjoyed that this story included the theme of self-love and acceptance, separate from the romantic storyline.

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Bookjunkie57
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I did quite a bit of ranting this time around so you can see the full review at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2910499755

#BBRC #TEENANGST #MiddleOfASeries #40in2019

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Merethebookgal
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I‘m in the mood for some fun reads this month! Carry On will be a reread via audiobook, and I‘m also finishing up The City in the Middle of the Night and need to read Sky Without Stars for my YA book club, which I‘ve got waiting for me on my Kindle. What are you hoping to read this month? #tbr

That-Bookish-Hiker I just love all your pics. They are put together well and are so pretty! 4mo
Merethebookgal @That-Bookish-Hiker Awww, thanks!! 🥰 4mo
thewallflower0707 Great photo! 4mo
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AutumnAuroraRain95
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5/5 stars. Sandhya Menon did it again! I absolutely loves this book! Not only do we get a continuation from Her first book, but we also get fat rep! I love it!! I think at this point I will read anything Sandhya Menon writes!!

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OriginalCyn620
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I love this Indian American author - her books are nice and light but have a good message. I haven‘t read the tagged book yet but the other two are really cute. The teen characters are also Indian American but their families are from #India and very traditional. #letstraveljuly

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Lol!! I‘m a day ahead!!! 5mo
MallenNC I love these too! 5mo
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Sarah.Kat
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I would've taken a picture of my dog, but her paws were super muddy, so another photo of morning sun on the trees it is!

The amount of wealth on display with Ashish's family makes me feel weird, but Sweetie is such a loveable and compelling character that she makes up for it. I'm only about 40% of the way through, but watching her journey to not just loving herself, but not being ashamed of loving herself, has been an utter delight so far!

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CoffeeK8
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Finally getting to read this cute #romantsy

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suzisteffen
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Sweet YA that gets at deep issues around parental torture and weight (yes, it‘s child abuse), the feelings of being a player and wanting to change that, Friend Squad goals, and much more. Nice coming of age tale that‘s s great companion to When Dimple Met Rishi! #youngadult #romance

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bookandbedandtea
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First I'm clearly getting old as 17 year olds in love make me mentally roll my eyes. But I was in the right mood for it so it seemed more charming than tooth-rotting. I loved Sweetie's bravery & would hope my daughter & all the young women I know would be confident enough to take a stand for themselves. Overall this was a total feel good listen; the narration was great too.I could have used books like this when I was a teen.

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bookandbedandtea
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I got a lot of #audiostitching done today. 😊🧵

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bookandbedandtea
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🎧🚙 I only started this today but I already 1- can't wait to get back in the car to listen to more of it and 2- feel horrified on Sweetie's behalf. As someone who has always struggled with weight, her mother's attitude is heartbreaking and I want to give her a big hug. Since I'm home now I'm hoping to finish up #EoE.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I really liked this third book by Menon in this series. Sweetie was an interesting and complex character.

Merethebookgal She is a great character! 4mo
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SarahSaysRead
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YA rom-com perfection. 💕🔥💕🔥💕

(Also, using this as my Title Includes Characters Name pick for #RippedBodiceBingo.)

#YA #romance #representationmatters #SweetieAndAshishForeva

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TaraTLK
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So delightful. And #rippedbodicebingo name on the cover.

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DebinHawaii
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OK, this tastes much more delicious than it looks since I kind of just threw it in a bowl. Store-bought California Roll Ahi Poke, leftover brown rice & homemade quick-pickled sweet peppers & mini cucumbers.🐟🍚Totally hit the spot on a warm summer night. I really liked When Dimple Met Rishi so I grabbed this companion novel at the library today.

Cinfhen Sounds super yummy!!! 6mo
annahenke Can't wait to read this one! 6mo
BarbaraBB The food sounds great! 6mo
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TheNextBook
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Even though I was gone I was still reading so I‘ll be randomly posting some of the books I was reading #inmyabsence! I just read this and I love Menon‘s writng style. I love the way she writes young adult romance. I love the way she portrays the mix of Indian and American culture. In this book I enjoyed the way she discussed complex teenagers/parent relationships and the way she handled accepting ones body and what its capable of. She makes...

TheNextBook ...very clear from the beginning the message she wants to convey and the reason she is using certain language and I thought she was effective. Plus I love Sweetie. Ashish is adorable and I love that we got to see bits and pieces of Dimple and Rishi who I also love! 6mo
MallenNC I've enjoyed all her books but I think this was my favorite of all. Sweetie is such a great character. 6mo
TheNextBook @MallenNC agreed! Dimple and Rishi is my favorite! I teread that before reading this one and it is so good! This one was so great! 6mo
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MallenNC @TheNextBook I loved Dimple and Rishi too! Did you see her announcement about the next book in this series? It's going to be about Pinky. (edited) 6mo
TheNextBook @MallenNC I did! And I‘m ready! 6mo
MallenNC @TheNextBook Me too! I'm a little embarrassed to say I didn't realize all her titles were from rom com movies until she announced this next one. I totally missed that. 6mo
TheNextBook @MallenNC I didnt know either! It‘s okay! 😂 6mo
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brittanythebookdragon
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Simply adorable. When opposites attract and it ends up actually being love. Sweetie‘s relationship with her mother both breaks my heart and pisses me off. I just want her mom to open her eyes! Ashish has lost his mojo and honestly I‘m glad because I couldn‘t have taken him being a player douche...

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RebelGrrrl
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So excited to be reading this book! I adore Sandhya Menon's books and her talent for writing brilliant characters. Sweetie is definitely resonating with me, and the humor and charm of this book is making me fall head over heels!

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MallenNC
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#ThisIsIt -- all the books I'll be able to finish this month. I liked all the books I read in May! I did pretty well sticking to my planned TBR. I'm still reading the three I didn't finish, and I also finished There's Something About Sweetie. #AMonthofSongs

OriginalCyn620 Did you like Sweetie? I haven‘t read it yet but I liked the author‘s other two books! 6mo
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 I did! I think I may like it the best of the three. 6mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great job! 💖📚💖 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Way to go!!! 👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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MallenNC
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This was the perfect book to read after finishing some more difficult reads. I love the author‘s style and she always does a good job giving her characters interests outside of the main relationship that drives the narrative. Sweetie was a fun, strong character!

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Bkwrm7
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Today's book haul from The Book Loft in Columbus, OH. The Boynton board books were all 50% off and will go in various baby presents. Shout, The Female of the Species, and Let Me Hear a Rhyme are all signed by the authors as a bonus! Plus, who could resist pigeon socks? A gift certificate from my in-laws covered a little over half and I splurged on the rest. Happy 40th Birthday to me!

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Cabookle
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Excited to read this beautiful book! I‘m so happy to see more plus sized characters in YA fiction. I needed these books as a teen 💕

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WeeziesBooks
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Book 38: This was just as wonderful as I hoped it would be.

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AmyM43
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There's a lot to like about There's Something About Sweetie, but honestly, the awesomeness that is Sweetie eclipses everything. #ya

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AmyM43
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There's a lot to like about There's Something About Sweetie, but honestly, the awesomeness that is Sweetie eclipses everything. #ya

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Lovesbooks87
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I absolutely LOVED Sweetie and Ashish! There story was so sweet. What I didn't love about this book was Sweetie's mom. She was awful. She thought Sweetie shouldn't be able to date certain people because she was fat or even do certain things. I thought this book had such an amazing body image message! The author showed that it doesn't matter what you look like you are enough! 💜💜

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lowellette
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Sandhya and I hanging out at Minneapolis‘s Wordplay. She was as delightful as her characters.

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Lovesbooks87
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Saturday morning reading with Brillo. I am absolutely loving this book!

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Lauredhel
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Johanna414 That‘s beautiful! What pattern are you working on? 7mo
Lauredhel @Johanna414 thanks! This is the Lost Garden blanket, in 8ply cottons from Bendigo Woollen Mills. 7mo
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Lauredhel
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Settling down for the night!

suzisteffen Can‘t wait for this to come in at the library! 7mo
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WeeziesBooks
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All of my book orders came in at once 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

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This is a sweet YA romance with an awesome heroine. Sweetie‘s mom is awful though. I was enraged by her. Ashish wasn‘t the greatest love interest as he made some really poor choices but Sweetie made up for all his bad qualities. She is so awesome and I adored her.

I was provided an advanced copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Clare-Dragonfly A fat athlete heroine! Books need more of those! 7mo
ReadingSusan @Clare-Dragonfly yes! She was awesome too! 7mo
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OriginalCyn620
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My #BOTM package came today! I just love #bookmail! ❤️🙏🏻

BooknerdsLife Aww love it! 🥰 Wish they shipped outside US too ☹️ 7mo
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brandymuses
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My Anticipated May Releases along with the TBR Shelf

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LibrarianRyan
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I have tried and tried to read or listen to this authors books with no success. But I know they are well loved

May 14

#CoverLove. #YAedition

SaturnDoo Nope. 👎👎👎 8mo
LibrarianRyan @SaturnDoo me neither. 8mo
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kate_reads
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I can‘t stop smiling at her sweet face 😆 #bookmail

Lovesbooks87 So lucky!!! 11mo
rachelsbrittain Such a precious cover 😍 11mo
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Matilda
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In line with 2018 my Eeyore sticker died 😭

Owlizabeth Nnnooooooo 13mo
Matilda @Owlizabeth I don‘t even know how it happened. It was there and then it was gone! 13mo
CouronneDhiver Oh no! 😐 Poor Eeyore 13mo
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DGRachel 😢 13mo
batsy 🙁 13mo
RealBooks4ever Oh no! I loved that little sticker! 😢 13mo
balletbookworm Oh no! Glue him back on!! 🙀 13mo
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Matilda
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I am so ridiculous happy to get to start reading Sandhya Menon‘s next novel!

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