Sandhya Menon: writer of things for teens.

Of Curses And Kisses

St. Rosetta’s Academy, Book 1

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One of Pop Sugar’s and Yahoo! Entertainment’s Books Coming Out in 2020 That Need to Be on Your TBR Now!

One of She Reads’ Books Most Anticipated YA Books of 2020!

One of Paste Magazine’s Best Young Adult Novels of February 2020!

An Amazon Best Romance of February!

One of Bustle’s Most Anticipated Books of February 2020!

One of The Young Folks’ Most Anticipated Books of 2020!

One of Culturess’s Must-Read New YA Releases That Will Capture Your Heart This February!

One of Tor’s Best Retellings of Classic Stories!

One of Goodread’s Most Anticipated YA of 2020!

One of Buzzfeed’s Brand New YA Books to Look Forward to in 2020!

One of Booklist’s High Demand: Hot List for Youth!

One of the Financial Times’ Best Romance Novels for Young Adults!

One of Cosmopolitan’s Best YA Books of 2020!




Out now!
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From the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the first novel in a brand-new series set at an elite international boarding school, that’s a contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast.


Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending… Right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life. Sparkling and elegant, Jaya’s unlike anyone Grey has ever met. Still, he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.

UK/British Commonwealth readers: Good news! Hodder & Stoughton will be my overseas publisher for this series! Here’s a super-cute blog post from them with more about it.

10 Things I Hate About Pinky

Dimple and Rishi Series, Book 3

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One of Teen Vogue’s 10 YA Novels with South Asian Characters!

One of Buzzfeed’s YA Romances We’re Loving this Spring!



Coming July 21st, 2020!

Preorder: Amazon | B&N | Indies

The delightful follow-up to When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something about Sweetie, which follows Ashish’s friends Pinky and Samir as they pretend to date in order to achieve their individual goals, to disastrous and hilarious results.

Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. From raccoon hospitals to persecuted rock stars, no cause is too esoteric for her to champion. But a teeny tiny part of her also really enjoys making her conservative, buttoned-up corporate lawyer parents cringe.

Samir Jha might have a few…quirks remaining from the time he had to take care of his sick mother, like the endless lists he makes in his planner and the way he schedules every minute of every day, but those are good things. They make life predictable and steady.

Pinky loves lazy summers at her parents’ Cape Cod lake house, but after listening to them harangue her about the poor decisions she’s made (a.k.a. boyfriends she’s had), she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy—who is a total Harvard-bound Mama’s boy—to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer.

When Samir’s internship falls through, leaving him with an unplanned summer, he gets a text from Pinky asking if he’ll be her fake boyfriend in exchange for a new internship. He jumps at the opportunity; Pinky’s a weirdo, but he can survive a summer with her if there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

As they bicker their way through lighthouses and butterfly habitats, sparks fly, and they both realize this will be a summer they’ll never forget.

“Stocked with Menon’s staple impassioned and contrary young woman lead[…] Highly relevant for today’s teen readers, this book will no doubt be a hit both with Menon’s existing fans and new ones.” –Booklist

Want more? Read an exclusive excerpt on Entertainment Weekly here!

When Dimple Met Rishi

Dimple and Rishi Series, Book 1

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  • Instant New York Times Bestseller!
  • Instant National Indie Bestseller!
  • A Top 10 Indie Next Pick!
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection!
  • starStarred Review from Kirkus!
  • starStarred Review from VOYA!
  • A 2017 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist!
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Year!
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year!
  • An NPR Books Best Book of the Year!
  • A Target Best Book of the Year!
  • An ALA BFYA (American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults) 2018 pick!
  • An ALA Amelia Bloomer List pick for feminist YA fiction!
  • An Indies Choice Award Finalist!
  • 2018 South Asia Award Honor Book!
  • Winner of the 2018 Colorado Book Award in Young Adult Literature!
  • One of Book Riot’s Must Read Contemporary YA Novels of the 2010s!

New York Times and national Indie bestseller!

Buy in the US: Indiebound (support an indie bookstore!)| Amazon | B&N

Foreign and Other Editions:

Canada: Indigo | Amazon Canada | Buy Indie | Kindle | Kobo | iBooks | Google Play

UK (Hodder & Stoughton): Buy on Amazon!

Australia (Hachette UK): Buy the ebook or the paperback (both releasing May 30, 2017).

New Zealand (Hachette UK): Buy the ebook or the paperback.

India (Hachette India): Buy on Amazon!

Turkey (Sis Yayincilik): Buy here.

France (Hachette Livre, date TBA): Links TBA!

Indonesia (Haru Publishing, date TBA): Links TBA!

Russia (EKSMO, date TBA): Links TBA!

Audiobook: Buy the audio CD here.

The YA rom-com everyone’s talking about! As seen in Teen Vogue, Bustle, and BookRiot—with a starred review from Kirkus ReviewsWhen Dimple Met Rishi follows two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

“Full of warm characters and sweet romance, fans of contemporary young adult novels will want to pull up a chair and read all about When Dimple Met Rishi.” Entertainment Weekly

“The arranged marriage YA rom-com we’ve been waiting for.” Bustle Magazine

There’s Something About Sweetie

Dimple and Rishi Series, Book 2

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2019 Junior Library Guild Selection!

Starred Review from Booklist!

One of Buzzfeed’s YA Books You Absolutely Must Read This Spring!

One of Her Campus’s Books with Amazing Body Positivity!

One of Teen Vogue’s Books With South Asian Characters You Should Read in 2019!

One of Bustle’s New Books Guaranteed To Make You Laugh In Public!

One of Barnes and Noble’s Best YA Books of May!

An Amazon Best Romance Book of the Month!

A Summer 2019 Indie Next Pick!

A 2020 ALA Amelia Bloomer List Pick!

One of NPR’s Best Books of 2019!

Book Shimmy Awards 2019 Semifinalist for Cutest Ship!

One of Audiofile Magazine’s Best Audiobook of the Year!

One of Powell’s Best YA Books of 2019!

Featured on the Today Show!

Colorado Book Award Finalist!



Out now!

 Buy in the US: Indiebound | Amazon | B&N

Foreign and Other Editions:

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Canada (Simon & Schuster Canada): Amazon Canada | Indigo 

UK (Hodder & Stoughton): Amazon UK

Australia (Hodder & Stoughton): Booktopia

New Zealand (Hodder & Stoughton): Mighty Ape

India (Hodder & Stoughton): Amazon India 

Spanish Edition (Planeta Mexico): Coming soon!

Buy internationally elsewhere: Book Depository

Audiobook: Buy here.


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The irresistible companion novel to the New York Times bestseller When Dimple Met Rishi, which follows Rishi’s brother, Ashish, and a confident, self-proclaimed 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?

“Menon, as always, champions teens by allowing them the space and pace to make decisions, succeed or fail, learn, and blossom.” – Booklist, starred review

 “An entertaining romance.”Kirkus

“An unapologetic, wish-fulfilling dessert buffet. Swoon-prone readers will wish the Patel boys came in six-packs.” – BCCB

“Give this entertaining read to romantic comedy fans everywhere.” – School Library Journal

“Sweetie is probably the first plus-sized South Asian protagonist in YA, and I couldn’t be more excited to see her in an adorable romance.” – Book Riot, Most Anticipated 2019 Releases

“Menon’s rom-coms are absolute instabuys for me; her smart and funny characters full of charm and personality are just impossible for me to ignore, and the covers make sure I know exactly how good a time I’m in for.” – B&N Teen Blog

“‘There’s Something About Sweetie’ by Sandhya Menon is a love story that fans of ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ will adore.” – Bustle Magazine 

“Anytime your soul needs a hug, pick up a Sandhya Menon novel.” Book Riot, Best Books We Read in December 2018

“Irrepressibly joyous… Sandhya Menon definitely hits it out of the ballpark again with There’s Something About Sweetie, crafting a rich, intricate story about two young characters you can’t help but fall in love with.” – NPR Books

From Twinkle, With Love

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A Junior Library Guild Selection!

A Barnes & Noble Most Anticipated Sophomore Novel of 2018!

Available in Scholastic Book Clubs starting Fall 2018!

An Indie Next Summer 2018 Pick!

One of Popsugar’s 10 Exciting Summer Releases!

June 2018 Pick for Chloe Lukasiak’s Book Club!

Starred Review from Kirkus!

Starred Review from Booklist!

Starred Review from School Library Journal!

An NPR Books Best Book of the Year!

Featured on The Today Show!

Buy here: Indiebound | Amazon | B&N

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to longtime crush, Neil Roy—aka Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man ‘N’ begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, With Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

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Foreign/Other Editions:

Canada (Simon & Schuster): Links coming soon!

UK (Hodder & Stoughton): June 7, 2018. Links coming soon!

AUS/NZ (Hachette UK): June 7, 2018. Links coming soon!

Russia (EKSMO): Links coming soon!

“Delightful, inspiring, and the hug your heart most certainly needs.”

Book Riot

From Twinkle, With Love is a cinematic rom-com as charming as Menon’s New York Times best-selling debut, When Dimple Met Rishi.” -Teen Vogue

“Funny and sweet.” – Buzzfeed

“This bubbly, humorous novel effortlessly explores complex subjects… As in When Dimple Met Rishi, Menon gives her heroine room to stumble as she comes into her own; teens will be rooting for Twinkle the whole way. A sweet, smart gem for most readers.” — School Library Journal, starred review

“…An often laugh-out-loud funny journey through the tribulations of high school… The teen voice is pitch-perfect.” Booklist, starred review

“Menon’s sophomore effort is a charming and sophisticated rom-com that outshines her previous outing.” — Kirkus, starred review

“The characters are deeply likeable and richly drawn.” — VOYA

“Effervescent.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“I laughed, I cried, I skipped dinner without realizing it. I hereby give this novel two thumbs up, and declare it to be better than ‘Cats.'” NPR Books

Make Up Break Up

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Coming Feb. 2, 2021!

{Final cover to be revealed}

Make Up Break Up is about an idealistic Indian-American entrepreneur, Annika Dev, whose app goes head-to-head in a prestigious pitch contest against a much more successful app run by her arrogantly handsome rival, Hudson Craft. While Annika’s business is focused on bringing lovers together and giving them their happily-ever-afters, Hudson’s has been dubbed the “Uber for breakups.” A more detailed synopsis will be available closer to the release date!