When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Published by Simon Pulse in 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
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.
(Dimple is a coder and Rishi is a comic book artist :D)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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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