When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Published by: Hodder Paperbacks
Release Date: 01/06/2017
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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.
I’ve never read a book about arranged marriages before, and I don’t think I’ve read many books about Indian main characters before either, so going in to this I was really looking forward to learning more about Indian culture. I was also really excited to read something that was different and diverse.
I really enjoyed seeing their culture from both Dimple and Rishi’s point of view. Rishi was happy and willing to do what was expected of him by his parents, while Dimple wanted to follow her own path, not the path set our for her by her parents.
I loved both Dimple and Rishi. Dimple seemed like such a strong, independent, feminist person, which I really admired. She knew exactly how she wanted her life to be and she was willing to fight for it and do whatever it took to achieve it. Rishi was such a romantic and he was super cute. He was always really sweet to Dimple, and he was really understanding about the fact that she wanted different things from life to him. He also really understood how much coding and the Insomnia Con meant to Dimple, which was nice. Rishi reminded me a lot of my own boyfriend and I think that’s part of the reason I love him so much.
The only problem I had with this book was that at times it seemed to jump from one persons point of view to the others in the middle of a scene without any marker to let the reader know. I found this a bit confusing at first, but once I got into it I was able to follow along pretty well.
Overall this was a super cute read and I definitely recommend it if you are looking for something light and summery.