Interviewing SANDHYA MENON and Giving Away a Copy of 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT PINKY!

As a member of Sandhya Menon's street team, I am SO excited to be on the blog tour for 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT PINKY!

Of course, being me, I also have to be extra about it.

PINKY comes out this Tuesday, July 21st, and to celebrate, I am going to celebrate with a Sandhya Menon-inspired post EVERY. DAY. for the next ten days because there are way more than ten reasons why I love Sandhya Menon and her books!

Come help me celebrate -- and since next week is both Pinky's book birthday AND my real birthday, I'm celebrating by giving one of YOU a gift -- every day, you have a chance to enter to WIN a copy of PINKY, with new entries every day you stop by, wow!

Today, I want to kick off the week with a street team exclusive INTERVIEW with Sandhya Menon!


 An Interview With
Sandhya Menon


Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels with lots of kissing, girl power, and swoony boys. Her books have been featured in many cool places, including on The Today Show, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, NPR, Seventeen, Entertainment Weekly, and Buzzfeed. Two of her books have also won the Colorado Book Award. A full-time dog servant, Sandhya makes her home in the foggy mountains of Colorado. With a glass of wine at her elbow, she also pens adult romances under the name Lily Menon.

How did you come up with the idea for 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT PINKY?

I knew at the time I wrote THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE, which was the Dimpleverse companion novel that came before 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT PINKY, that the two protagonists would be Pinky and Samir. What I didn’t know was what the plot would be or where the story would take place. At the time that I was making those decisions, it was right in the middle of summer and I totally gave into my love (some might say obsession) with summer! That’s why the book is set at a lake house on Cape Cod, features a light house and a butterfly habitat, and has plenty of summery scenes (including of the make out variety!). ^_^

What was your favorite scene to write in 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT PINKY?

Oh my gosh, so many! Like I said before, I absolutely let my inner summer-lover run wild. There’s a scene where Samir and Pinky (who fake date in the course of the book) practice kissing in a tree that I absolutely looooved writing. There’s a scene where they cook together that my design team loved so much, it almost made the back cover! And I also really just loved in general showing what I like to call Samir’s sneaky hotness. I wanted readers and Pinky to realize at the same time that this seemingly goody-two-shoes guy is actually kind of really hot, and my favorite thing has been getting emails from early readers saying precisely that!

Will there be any more novels in the Dimpleverse?

Well, never say never, but I did picture 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT PINKY as the last story in that universe (*sniff*). Who knows what the future holds, but for now, I think I’ve said my goodbyes. I hope readers enjoy this final chapter in the universe!


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Author: Sandhya Menon
Release Date: July 21, 2020
Publisher: Simon Pulse / Simon & Schuster
Received: For Review

Purchase Links:
BOOKSHOP *Order from and support your local indie or Wellesley Books, who is hosting the PINKY Virtual Launch Party! *


The follow-up to WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI and THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE follows Pinky and Samir as they pretend to date—with 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 (aka boyfriends) she’s made, she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy, Samir—who is a total Harvard-bound Mama’s boy—to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer. 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.


If you are able to, please purchases a copy from indie-owned Wellesley Books, who will be hosting Sandhya Menon's virtual launch party for PINKY!

You can order online through Bookshop and -- the store will receive a portion of the proceeds and it will help so much!

Interested in attending the PINKY Launch Party?
Sandhya Menon will be in conversation with Becky Albertalli (SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, WHAT IF IT'S US, YES NO MAYBE SO)
Tuesday, July 21st at 7 pm EST.

Sign up for the Zoom Webinar now!


You also have a chance to WIN A COPY of PINKY below -- it's truly the perfect summer read! It takes place during Pinky and Samir's summer vacation. I don't know about you, but personally, I love reading books that take place in "real time." I loved this book so much that I've already read it twice, and now I want you to have a chance to read it as well!

Enter below!


You could win...

A copy of 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT PINKY by Sandhya Menon!

This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL
wherever Book Depository ships!

You must be at least 13 years old to enter or have a parent's permission!

Winner will be emailed and must respond within 48 hours, or a new winner will be chosen.

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