BOOK REVIEW: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary

Page Count: 380 pages

Publication Date: May 2017

 

Goodreads summary:

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.

 

My thoughts:

When Dimple Met Rishi has been very hyped on the internet, so I was a bit sceptical about it. But after seeing it was only 99p on iTunes I bought it out of curiosity. When Dimple met Rishi

Boy, am I glad my curiosity got the better of me!

I don’t usually go for contemporary novels (I’ve been burned too many times before) but this is a massive exception to the rule. We follow 2 Indian-American kids who have just graduated from high school, and are on their way to a web-development summer camp in San Francisco.

I loved them all! Not just the two main characters, but the side-characters as well. They were so much fun and relatable. Dimple and Rishi were both born in America, but their parents were born and raised in India so they feel a stronger connection to their homeland. The author did this so well! Living in a “different” culture myself I can relate to Dimple so much. The way her parents still hold on to their original culture as if they were still living in India while their kid has been immersed in a “different” culture for most of her life. The conflict between the two generations is real!

The story is simply adorable. And you get to learn so much about the Indian culture! You don’t get a lot of that in YA books.

When Dimple Met Rishi will give you so many feels! * sighs * It’s adorkable and culturally diverse. You can’t really go wrong with that combination.

5

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