Feb 12, 2018

Review | When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Series: N/A
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Publication: May 30, 2017 by Simon Pulse
Format: Hardcover/Audiobook
Source: Library
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: 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. 

Thoughts: This was a really cute contemporary, and a little different than others I've read. We follow Dimple who is ready to take on the world and become a successful woman which does not involve getting married and settling down the way her parents expect her to. We also follow Rishi who believes his parents know best and will do anything to please them, which means going to a school and following a career he's not passionate about. He's also more than ready to fall in love with Dimple, who they've tried to set him up with.

Their relationship doesn't have the best start since Dimple is totally against it, but in order to win the competition they are there for, they have to work together. Of course, they friendship becomes more and overall, the story wraps up nicely. It's a cute story, it didn't offer much and it was predictable, but I really enjoyed it because their interactions felt realistic. It could be that I read this after reading too much horror, and it felt like a breath of fresh air. Overall though, it's a cute story and I really liked it.

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