When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandy Menon
# of Pages: 380
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Do I recommend this book?
Absolutely, it was a very cute story that I recommend to anyone who likes contemporaries.
Ratings (out of 10):
Plot development: 10
Ease of Reading: 10
Summary from Goodreads:
A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
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 Opinions (SPOILER FREE):
This was such great story. I loved the uniqueness of the whole thing. I have never read any YA contemporary like this before.
I absolutely adored the characters so much. Dimple and Rishi both had great qualities that made this story all the more interesting. They really worked well together even though they were very different.
There were also great side characters, and a great “sub-plot” that was going on on the side. This was a very character driven story, and I was a little worried that I would get bored, but I didn’t because there was lots of interesting stuff happening on the side with the other characters and the plot.
This was overall a very cute and funny story, but it also felt so real which I really appreciated. And because of these things, I highly recommend When Dimple Met Rishi.