Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Series: No

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: May 30, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Source: Library loan

Find it here: GoodReads | Amazon

The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.

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.

When I picked up When Dimple Met Rishi the hype was kind of insane. It seemed to be the current "IT BOOK" that everyone was reading and loving. And hyping. So color me a little hesitant going in to this one. And the verdict is: I get it. I so get it. 😊

Dimple chafes at her parent's expectations and is determined to buck tradition and live life on her own terms. She's not interested in fashion or makeup or finding the Ideal Indian Husband. Instead, she's focused on her passion for web development, going to Stanford, and having a successful career in a field dominated by men. Attending InsomniaCon is a dream come true - until she learns that her parents have been matchmaking and her intended is now her partner for the summer. 

Of course. Dimple should have guessed.
It was the I.I.H. [Ideal Indian Husband] nonsense again.
She suspected the entire community of aunties was in on
it. It was like some bizarre version of a geocaching club; 
the minute somebody's daughter turned eighteen, all the
aunties began to scheme the shortest route from her 
parents' home to the ultimate prize - her sasural.

Rishi embraces his parent's traditional ways and takes the responsibility of being the oldest son seriously. He sees practicality and stability in arranged marriages and takes pride in upholding the cultural tradition and honoring his parent's wishes. And he doesn't quite know what to make of the outspoken girl who throws her iced coffee on him at their first meeting.

"Hello, future wife," he said, his voice bubbling with glee. 
"I can't wait to get started on the rest of our lives!"

It was so refreshing to read about a female YA character that wasn't wallowing in unrequited love or crippled by insecurity. Dimple was a girl who knew what she wanted and was usually fearless about going after it. And Rishi - could he be any more precious?! Sweet, kind, thoughtful and, despite his own self-assessment, quite romantic. I absolutely adored Rishi.♥

He wondered if he should feel a stab of jealousy - 
Dimple bonding so well with his muscled, much-cooler younger 
brother - but all he felt was this warm, almost gooey 
feeling in his chest. Like his heart was wrapped in microwaved Nutella.

I loved the easy flow of the story, the inclusion of Dimple and Rishi's culture, their familial relationships, and the evolution of their relationship. I thought Menon did an excellent job of allowing each of them to show real growth. They both questioned their beliefs and their goals and came to understand it didn't have to be all or nothing. They truly brought out the best in each other.

She'd been so sure that Rishi and she would have  absolutely 
nothing to do with each other. But that was Rishi... 
he was like a pop song you thought you couldn't stand, 
but found yourself humming in the shower anyway.

I was completely charmed by these characters in all their funny, awkward, sweet, and totally adorkable glory. Sure, there was an element of predictability but who cares? It was worth it to get to experience the heartwarming goodness that is When Dimple Met Rishi.

4/5 STARS

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



18 comments

  1. I've been hesitant to read this because of all the hype, but the excerpts totally convinced me! I'm glad I got this one from the library and will be starting it soon! Thanks for the review. 😊

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    1. I'm always wary of the super-hyped books, too. But in this case it was worth it. :) Totally cute and fun YA contemporary. I hope you'll enjoy it, too, Gennifer!

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  2. Yeah! It's always scary reading a hyped book, because it could lead to disappointment. I am glad you enjoyed this, because I loved it!
    Sam @ WLABB

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    1. It'd be hard not to fall for this one. :) I just adored Rishi!

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  3. Yes the hype was so crazy on this one. I thought it was cute and loved Rishi!! Great review!

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  4. We talked about this before, but I'm so glad you like it. This one was just such a fun beach read and just so adorable, it made me smile :)

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    1. I agree, Olivia - adorable describes it perfectly. :) Perfect feel-good read.

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  5. I've been dying to read this and I'm so glad you enjoyed it and that I deserved the hype!

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    1. I hope you'll love it, too, if/when you get to it, Kei!

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  6. I really want to read this one. Glad it lived up to the hype for you. Makes me more convinced that it's a good read. :)

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    1. Definitely worth reading, Aleen. I hope you'll enjoy it, too, if you pick it up! :)

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  7. Lovely review, Tanya! This sounds so worth the hype, although I'd be nervous about starting it too.

    I love what you said about Dimple - she really seems like a breath of fresh air among YA heroines. And I love all the other points you made; adorable, geeky romances are so lovable, and I really like that the book's rich in Indian culture.

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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    1. Thanks, love! :) This one really was worthy of the hype. It does feel sometimes in YA I'm reading about the same female MC over and over. She's insecure, she's gorgeous but doesn't know it, she's in love with some guy who doesn't know she exists... and on and on. It was so great to read about Dimple who was none of those things!

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  8. I definitely can't wait to check this one out, it sounds really great. Nice review, Tanya! :)

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    1. Thanks Jazmen! I hope you'll enjoy it when you get to it.

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  9. yup the hype has been indeed insane. I'm glad to hear you found the characters so likable. I will give it a try now :)

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    1. Hope you'll enjoy it when you get to it! :)

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