Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandy Menon
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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 finished this last night and I wasn’t sure about how to rate it, mostly because I was very conflicted. I liked it but then again it didn’t left me with such emotion as some very scarce YA Contemporary’s have. I am not new to this genre but its my least favorite genre to go for, mostly cause I find it hard to find “good” YA Contemporary’s that I fully enjoy and this was one of those misses for me.
The book itself is not bad. I am in love with our characters.
Dimple Shah is not afraid to speak her mind and she is all out there to tell you like it is, especially if you are her mother. She is so certain of who she is and what she wants to become, very independent and unafraid to be herself.
Rishi is a dork. Like the dork of all dorks..dorks. He is so proper and is also very out there about what his beliefs are and what he wants in his life. He has his life planned out but also baring his parents wishes. I kinda related to him in a way where at one point in life I was doing what I was expected of me and wasn’t fully living, also he really did go over the moon for the people he cares about which is something I do so I appreciated that in his character.
Now we get to the iffy aspect of why I didn’t thoroughly enjoyed. Although this book was funny and very relatable I found it to be lacking in conflict. In the end this book was just about two kids falling in love, yeah the characters had their little history, baggage and insecurities to overcome but to put it bluntly the story surrounded them falling in love. They had this whole storyline where they went to this Con where they had to develop an app and I was so interested in that and we barely got to see the process of them working on the actual app. Dimple expresses constantly her love for coding and it’s obvious that she is pursuing a career she is passionate about. I just would’ve liked more scenes of Dimple and Rishi actively working on their app they are at the program for, in addition to all of the fun scenes that come from their summer together. It would’ve made the story more believable or more digestible for my liking when it comes to this genre.
If you love YA Contemporaries I think that you are going to LOVE this book it just wasn’t fully for me. Its cute, made me happy and it made me educate me when it comes to different cultures.
Have you read this book? If so, what did you guys think about it?