I bought this book 🙂
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Stand Alone (I think)
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.
Hi all, OMG this is the cutest book in 2017!! I absolutely loved it! Dimple was so cute, Rishi was so cute, their relationship was. So. Cute. I see why it made the New York Times Bestseller’s list! So, without further ado, let’s get into the review~
Okay, so. The book centers around Indian-American culture, and we follow two teens: Dimple and Rishi. Dimple wants independence, she wants to pursue education and enjoy life without her parents breathing down her neck about The Ideal Indian Husband. Rishi on the other hand, lives to make his parents proud, and welcomes an arranged marriage. Dimple struggles with the language of her motherland, while Rishi learned Hindu before he learned English. They are both equally valid Asian-American experiences, but on different ends of the spectrum. I really love how this book centers around identity, because we don’t all fit into one category and it’s nice to see the diversity.
“This is our life. We get to decide the rules. We get to say what goes and what stays, what matters and what doesn’t.” – Dimple
The book is written in two perspectives, Dimple and Rishi’s; which I wasn’t expecting, but it was nice to be able to see both of their sides to the story. I honestly related more to Rishi than I did to Dimple, as we both live to make others happy. A lot of how we navigate the world is the same, so I appreciated his POV, but I can also see Dimple’s perspective. Plus, she challenges many toxic ideas, is very level headed and logical! I really liked that about her.
There was also a lot of humor in the book, and sweet romance! They were so awkward with each other at first, but as they slowly got to know each other, they really did fall in love. Personally, I did find this a bit insta-lovey for me. They met and fell in love within six weeks, so I kind of wish they had more time to get to know each other; but they met at summer camp. So it’s not like they had an entire semester, and in some books kids fall in love in a shorter amount of time, so I really can’t complain that much.
“She refused to be one of those girls who gave up on everything they’d been planning simply because a boy entered the picture.”
As far as writing goes, I really liked it. It was fast-paced, and I felt like I was really there in the book. The side characters were really darling as well, I personally loved Celia! I like her character arc, because there really are people out there who try to fit in with the “in crowd” even after high school is over, and learn why it wasn’t so cool in the first place. Plus, she’s bisexual (or pansexual, I don’t think it was specified) and I for one really appreciate the rep! Plus the way she and Dimple met was too real, online friends for the win!
There has been some controversy surrounding Dimple; she wasted a cup of coffee when she first met Rishi. However, she was in a new city, and Rishi was kind of creepy when he first approached her, so I think Dimple had a perfectly fine reaction to the situation. Another thing people had against Dimple is that she would jab Rishi in the ribs when she got annoyed with him (or embarrassed?). Which is ridiculous, first of all, almost everyone goes through that stage in life. We life in a very violent society, and even though her family originates from India; she has lived in America all her life.
When I was in high school, I hit boys too. Violence, like playfully hitting each other, is normal among high schoolers. I didn’t learn until I went to college that you shouldn’t hit people, period. Even if it’s just playing. She just finished high school, she still has time to learn. Besides, tons of other YA heroines (hello Clary Fray, Rose Hathaway) hit people, but I didn’t see anyone complaining at the time.
Anyway. I really liked this book, and I think it’ll mean a lot to other brown girls out there.
- Good Rep
- Cute Romance
- Strong Characters
- Own Voices!
- Amazing Cover
- A bit insta-lovey
- Some ableist language
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 hearts
Thanks for reading! Let me know what you thought of the book~ and as always, catch you later! Bye