Author: Sandhya Menon
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Genres: YA Contemporary
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Hachette NZ in exchange for a honest review.
Summary: 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 dimple met rishi is one of the cutest books i’ve ever read. i didn’t think i’d like this book to begin with as it’s not something that i’d typically read, but i’m glad i picked it up!
when dimple met rishi is the first book that i’ve read that features arranged marriages. i’ve heard that other books don’t focus on it in a positive light, and i was pleasantly surprised with how it was handled in this book, not to mention the supportive family members.
i really loved dimple, i found her very relatable (however, i’d never throw something so expensive at someone). she’s a down to earth and likeable character. if this is a series, i’d definitely read more just for her.
on the other hand, i wasn’t a fan of rishi. i found him rather annoying and unrelatable. i’m pretty sure i’m the only person who feels this way, but ugh w h y ?! not only that, but i really didn’t like the romance very much. i felt that there wasn’t a lot of development. (feelings don’t just appear overnight)
one of my absolute favourite things about this book was celia and the whole meeting an online friend thing. it’s a very common thing these days, yet loads of YA contemporary books forget this. it was really nice to see an online relationship such as this and it not be some creepy 40 year old dude.
when dimple met rishi is an amazing book if you’re looking for a cutesy contemporary to read, or something to read between series as a little break type thing. even if you’re not looking for any of that, just read it anyway — it’s so worth it.