Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
As I write this, I feel a bit rusty. I just got back from vacation yesterday and my brain is not 100% working right now. But I HAVE to tell you about this amazing book that I finished on vacation and that’s When Dimple Met Rishi! I had heard the hype about this book last year and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Then I did. And then it sat there on my shelf.
I finally decided to pick it up and BAM! I didn’t like it. Not that I didn’t like the writing or anything. No, not at all. However, I didn’t like Dimple, one of the main characters. I’ll explain later, promise. But it got better, a lot better. Now I love this book and want more to read from Sandhya Menon. So let’s get to the review.
Things I Like:
I’ll mention right here that I have no idea about Indian culture. It’s not something that I’m familiar with, but I loved learning about it in this book. It was so informative and not forced upon the reader. The entirety of explanation flowed within the chapters without any type of information dump. It was natural and informational all in one.
The development of characters is great in this book. Rishi is kind and innocent and yearns to be the best son to his parents. Every section narrated by him shows his dutiful nature, but also his fun-loving art side. While Dimple is headstrong and stubborn. Although I didn’t like Dimple at first, she does get better. Her personality has a reality check when she meets Rishi and it’s a good thing too.
Even Dimple’s roommate Celia and Rishi’s brother Ashish are well-developed characters in this story. They both help Dimple and Rishi through tough times and are their voices of reason in the story even though they both have their own struggles. By being there for the characters and helping them out, the plot is able to move forward.
Much like the characters, the relationships that are formed in this book are strong. Whether it’s Dimple and Rishi or Dimple and Celia or Rishi and Ashish. All have their struggles of maintaining a relationship with each other but work on making things work and the hard decisions we face when moving forward.
Things I Don’t Like:
This only bothers me slightly when it comes to the overall book. It was great to get both POVs from Dimple and Rishi as they went through experiences. However, sometimes it felt as if a character should say more. For example, a lot of Rishi’s sections are very short. Like maybe only a quarter of a page short. Now, this isn’t terrible except I want more narration from Rishi. Because it is broken up, I feel like there should be more equality between narrators and that just wasn’t the case in this one.
Dimple (at the beginning)
Oh, Dimple. She is rude and condescending and arrogant and stubborn. At least for some of the book. Her better than everyone attitude is such a turnoff, I actually thought about DNFing the book. I couldn’t handle it. But she does cool it and it ended up not being as big of a deal.
No Coding but Lots of Art
This book is supposed to be based on Dimple’s love for coding and Rishi’s love of Dimple. Well, we get Rishi’s love of Dimple and Rishi’s love of art instead. Only minor portions of the book discussed coding even though they were at a coding program for the summer. I’m not big into coding or know much about it, but I figured there would be more mention of it throughout the book.
Overall, When Dimple Met Rishi, is a cute contemporary read about two very different people finding each other. It has a great depiction of Indian culture and values. It also has amazing side characters that are important to the plot. I really enjoy the bonds Sandhya uses to create depth with each of her characters. Although I did have some issues with Dimple’s character at the beginning and the lack of coding throughout, I still really enjoyed reading this one. It’s also probably the first book that started at a solid 3-star rating until I got about halfway through. I give When Dimple Met Rishi…
What do you think? Did you read this one? Did you like it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!