When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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5 stars 

An adorable contemporary romance with a unique voice, When Dimple Met Rishi is a tale of two teens, Dimple and Rishi, from Indian families as they fall in love.

Dimple is the daughter of two Indian parents and all she wants to do is go to a summer program for aspiring web developers with the possibility of meeting and working with her idol.

Rishi believes in the power of arranged marriages and has full faith that he’ll get his own happy ending. When an opportunity to attend a summer program with his future wife arises, he’s more than happy to oblige.

These two clash in a heart-warming story of first love, passion, and surprises.

Here’s the official 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.

This is probably my favorite contemporary romantic comedy release of 2017.

When Dimple Met Rishi is such a fluffy, cute novel that gives you all the fuzzies inside.

It’s a perfect teen romance story that works a lot with character relationships. There are deeper themes (feminism! race! peer pressure! ethnicity!) interwoven in, but these are still kept light so this book isn’t a really huge Debbie-downer to read.

I’m all for reading sad or darker books, but sometimes you just want that nice, fluffy, hope-giving read–and When Dimple Met Rishi is definitely one of those.

It’s a character based novel, but the plot is still present with the summer camp competition to win money to fund your idea. The plot in this novel is used largely to further the character’s developments and their relationships, but it still provides a nice background to fall onto so it’s not a lot of interior monologue-ing.

When Dimple Met Rishi is told through alternating points of view, although Dimple seems to be slightly more predominant than Rishi. Both are really cute characters to read from & have unique voices.

Dimple is surprised that her parents paid the fee to go to this summer camp, and she’s so excited for the opportunity to fund a project and meet her idol. She’s not ready for marriage, especially when she wants to go to college and get a job as her future has so much to hold.

She’s trying to get out of that married woman cycle and be independent, but she’ll soon learn that love and independence aren’t like oil and water–they can instead coexist.

Rishi is a firm believer in the safety and tradition of arranged marriages. He just wants to make Dimple happy for most of the time, and is very caring and separates the relationship from being toxic.

I found Rishi a lot more one-dimensional compared to Dimple, and I would say Dimple is the main protagonist of the whole novel. He contributes a lot to Dimple’s character development (ahem romance) and shows her how she can mix both aspects of her life.

Nevertheless, he still had his own subplots as he’s secretly a comic book artist, but never really thought to pursue his dream of creating an Indian superhero.

The characters were captivating and didn’t grate on my nerves. I found myself rooting for them, especially with all their awkward moments.

I found the plot very predictable (this is a romcom), but I didn’t mind the tropes used. It was paced nicely and helped with how their characters developed.

The differences between the Indian culture of Dimple and Rishi’s family and the predominantly white culture of the other attendees to the conference were juxtaposed nicely as we got to see the different beliefs and priorities of them.

Aspects of peer pressure and bullying shone through, as well as differences in socioeconomic status.

This didn’t just apply to Dimple–her roommate had a small subplot as she tried to fit in with the ‘cool kids,’ which involved a talent act that made her uncomfortable with the amount of skin showing & the treatment of women.

There are more adult topics mentioned, for example a very mild sex scene, but I think this is appropriate for anyone 13+.

When Dimple Met Rishi was a very sweet novel that works well as a quick read that you’ll speed through. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fun, lighthearted read.

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Have you read When Dimple Met Rishi? What did you think?

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