When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Published by Simon Pulse in 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Romance

Pages: 380

I went and bought When Dimple Met Rishi the DAY it came out because omg. I was in love basically from the moment I saw the cover, and then the premise intrigued me so much I knew I had to have it.

I am living for these pictures I took. Seriously.

When Dimple Met Rishi book by Sandhya Menon

(Dimple is a coder and Rishi is a comic book artist :D)

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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. 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.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

is so intriguing! I love that it’s about arranged marriage for a few reasons. One being that to people outside of a culture that practices arranged marriage, a lot of people may think the custom is antiquated, or that it’s only practiced outside of the US. I thought it was so cool to expose people to how Indian families living in America may still navigate this part of their culture. Another being that we get to see how kids who are Indian and American react to it (more on this to come).

I also feel the pacing is really great. This is a book about Dimple and Rishi, and they’re both in every chapter and we watch their relationship progress at exactly the speed we want it to. I read a lot of YA romance, and sometimes the relationship takes a long time to develop or the two aren’t around each other as much as I’d like or it just seems somehow slower. It makes it less realistic, when we’ve only seen two characters together twice and suddenly they’re in love, no matter how much behind-the-scenes time together has been alluded to. It’s harder for the reader to root for the characters in these cases. Dimple and Rishi are nearly always together, and it makes their development feel more realistic. This is fast-paced, and the way the chapters end, I always wanted to read another.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I love both Dimple and Rishi, and how they’re completely different and exactly the same. Their different feelings about their families is so beautiful and fun to watch. I love that two kids who have the same beliefs and culture act so differently toward it. I like that one cares so much about honor and tradition, and the other cares, but believes their feelings need to be validated also. They both have distinct and exciting character arcs. In addition, Celia and Ashish, the two closest side characters, also have their own motivations and arcs which I love.

is on Twitter, and you should follow her, because she’s awesome. This thread I think is just so beautiful, so I’m including it here. (You’ll have to read it from bottom to top, because unlike Dimple I am not proficient in computers, and did not want to take the time to re-order them after I took the screenshot :D)

Sandhya Menon

Because she’s right!! The amount of people who gravitated to this book almost immediately shows that readers interested in love stories are going to read love stories, regardless of whether they come from the same culture as the characters. If anything, we may be more interested to read about a culture that’s not our own.

I’d Recommend

When Dimple Met Rishi to anyone who wants a fun, quick summer read full of love and teenage cuteness.
Here’s a link in case you’d like to get it on Amazon!

*Note: My reviews are full of opinions. I may love a book. May want to marry it like the kid in the commercial for Peanut Butter Crunch (1999 was a great year for cereal and commercials, look it up). I may say a book is the best thing to happen to me since I started shaving my big toe. None of these things mean it is objectively good. I recognize that. Many times throughout my life, I have given a book I swore to be a life-changer to a friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/shark hunter. Shaking, quietly weeping, I’d hand it (and my heart) over. Only to find out several weeks later that for them the book was good, maybe even great, but not the life-giving, soul-renewing magic I’d purported. You may not like a book I recommend. Sue me.

**Please don’t sue me, I just write here.


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8 thoughts on “When Dimple Met Rishi: An Adorkable YA Romance

  1. Evelina says:

    There’s just.. something wrong about seeing a fictional book and then “marking up code” under it xD I know it relates to the content but 😀 I guess I have university burnout like 7 years after I even studied these things 😀 I just.. really didn’t like programming xD
    Also. THOSE FOOTNOTES of yours xD hilarious 😀

    1. Savanah says:

      Haha I totally get it!! It reminded me of my first semester in college and I got shivers. I haaaaated coding. But now I’m happy to have the info, I guess.
      I’m glad you enjoyed it 😉

  2. Jo-Ann says:

    I’ve seen so much about this book on quite a few book blogs and it looks wonderful. Plus, your review sold me on it. I’ll definitely have to pick this up.
    I tagged you in the Mid-Year Freakout Book tag, by the way! No obligation, but if your interested in participating the post is here

    1. Savanah says:

      I hope you enjoy it!! I’d love to know what you think if/when you read it.
      Oh how fun!! I will most definitely do that. Thank you for thinking of me 😀

      1. Jo-Ann says:

        Awesome! Cant wait to see your post 🙂 I’m putting When Dimple Met Rishi it on my TBR list for the summer…I’ll let you know my thoughts on it. Sounds like a great read for the beach.

  3. The author’s Tweets would be in order if she knew how threading works! Oh, well. Lot’s of people get that messed up. Basically, you reply to your own Tweet.

    I few years ago I worked with a young woman from India. She was a fierce feminist who had married a guy from NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. Think of two totally different people. Now think harder. That’s what they’re like. They’re so fun! She was telling me that her sister had an arranged marriage, and it was interesting to think about how even within one family opinions about marriages are so different. I’ve read that some Americans are looking into arranged marriages because it’s so hard to find someone and then judge them and then like them and the try to fall in love. Why not meet someone you know you’re going to be with forever and then fall in love with them? It’s an interesting idea, one that I think MAY (correct me if I’m wrong, people) make us less judgmental.

    1. Savanah says:

      Wow! As a fierce feminist myself, I don’t generally see myself getting along with people from Tennessee haha.

      I have heard that, too! I think it’s definitely an interesting concept, though I don’t know how well it would work in America? Like the honor and tradition associated with marriage is just lacking here. People get married on whims and so many don’t stay married and I could see even arranged marriages easily breaking down, you know?

      1. I was surprised mostly by how different their cultures are, as opposed to questioning how men in TN in general treat women. I think the thing I was reading was about Americans wanting to avoid the flakiness that can come with the modern dating scene. They saw an arranged marriage as a promise to work together and love one another because they’re both humans, as opposed to all the family tangles that can happen in other cultures.

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