When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

by Sandhya Menon
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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

A New York Times bestseller

“Effervescent.” —Chicago Tribune
“Full of warm characters and sweet romance.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Get ready to fall in love with Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel.” —Hello Giggles
“Adorable.” —Buzzfeed
“Deliciously quirky, funny, and nerdy.” —Bustle
“Utterly delightful.” —BookRiot
“Heartwarming, empathetic, and often hilariousa delightful read.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481478687
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,420
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: HL700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of the smash-hit When Dimple Met Rishi and From Twinkle, with Love. She was born and raised in India on a steady diet of Bollywood movies and street food, and blames this upbringing for her obsession with happily-ever-afters, bad dance moves, and pani puri. Now she lives in Colorado, where she’s on a mission to (gently) coerce her husband and children watch all 3,220 Bollywood movies she claims as her favorite. Visit her online at SandhyaMenon.com.

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When Dimple Met Rishi 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
BoundlessBookaholic 7 days ago
Another great contemporary romance for the books! I’d heard the narrators were good, so I gave the audiobook a try. I did like the narrators for the most part, although the guy doing a female’s voice isn’t the greatest. The story was interesting, and I found myself waiting to see what happened next. I’m giving this one 4.5 stars. I really adored Rishi, except for like one thing he did. It’s pretty early into the book, so if you’ve read it, you’ll probably know what I’m talking about. He was pretty cute, and he was genuinely an overall good guy. He tried to support Dimple, he was actually chasing after her–wanting to woo her–which I liked. Not enough guys chase after girls! He’s definitely an addition to my book boyfriend list. I’d love to have a boyfriend like his thoughtful self. Dimple, Dimple, Dimple…I liked her quite a bit. Some of her logic made me want to shake her, asking her what the heck. But besides that, I felt a kinship with her. She’s strong, opinionated, and smart. Yes to main characters like that! And as for the controversy, if you can call it that, surrounding this book, I think it’s blown out of proportion. And that’s all I’m saying about that. The romance was cute, swoony, and made me smile. I loved some of the secondary characters. Mainly Ashish, although I did like both sets of parents to a certain extent. Celia kind of drive me nuts through at least half the book, along with some of the other coding contestants. It was nice to see a bit of the Indian culture scattered throughout the book, so props for that. Overall, I can’t wait to read more from this author!
Anonymous 9 days ago
This book is a total joy to read.
JulieMaguda 3 months ago
Ahhh!! The cuteness!!! I just had to go ahead and get that out of the way really quick. lol! When Dimple Met Rishi left my heart feeling full and squishy with happiness. I can't even handle how much I enjoyed this one. This was a book that constantly had me smiling and made me laugh out loud. I felt all of the feels. Dimple Shah is a recent high school graduate that is dedicated to learning coding and having a career. Her mother would rather her grow out her hair, put on some makeup and get married already. So when she gets her parents to agree to send her to a summer web developers competition, Dimple decides not to push it and question her good luck. What she doesn't know is that the main reason she's being allowed to go there is because they have arranged for a boy named Rishi Patel to meet her there. Oh, and also that he is under the impression that they will have an arranged marriage. One of the things about this book that I really enjoyed reading about was Indian cultures. I don't actually know too much at all about Indian culture so that was really fun and interesting for me to read about. I thought it was really interesting to read about modern day teenagers with an Indian heritage, and their take on their beliefs and culture while living in and "fitting in" in America. I thought the culture was presented in an informative and relatable way. I loved reading about it! Dimple was a hilarious, unique, and strong-willed character. She didn't care what other people thought about her. She refused to be a girl that needed to fix her hair and makeup and become obsessed with finding a husband. Dimple was never afraid to truly be herself. At first I thought she came off a bit harsh, but she eventually opened up and showed her kind and caring side. I admired Dimple's need to be independent and her focus on her career but I thought she took it too far at times, and it frustrated me because of how she treated Rishi a few times. I can't handle how much a loved Rishi. He was definitely book boyfriend material. My heart hurt for him at times because he got his feelings stomped on quite a few times by Dimple. He was very patient, loving, and sweet with her. But also very determined. He took his time and really "woo-ed" her. I loved every second of it. The romance between them was really cute and well developed. It didn't feel rushed at all to me. Dimple started out not trusting him at all and being pretty mean to him, but he eventually grows on her and they have an adorable friendship that leads to more. They made an adorable couple. They also had great chemistry with one another. There is a scene between them where things get intimate but it wasn't graphic and I thought it was handled really well. Things sort of "fade to black" before it gets to that point. And yay for another YA book that tackles consent really well! Obviously, I really ended up loving this book. lol. It was the lighthearted, funny, and super adorable book that I was hoping it would be. I would recommend to anyone that is looking for something a little light and fluffy, and low on angst. I'm excited to read more from this author in the future.
EllenRozek 3 months ago
Well, this was really freaking cute. I'm a sucker for good, believable romances, and WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI is one of them. Despite their initial rocky start, I understood immediately what each of these characters would see in each other, and why they'd get along so well. There's a great cast of secondary characters, including a pair of Indian families who don't feel stereotypical at all, and an unbiased look at how being connected to one's culture is both a blessing and a curse. Bonus points for Dimple, who's a badass, nerdy girl looking to use her coding skills to design apps that help people. I appreciated her determination to live life on her own terms almost as much as I related to her fears about sacrificing her career plans for romance. Double bonus points for the fact that the arranged marriage between Dimple and Rishi is never treated as some set-in-stone contract, and that they're free to decide how, or whether, they want their relationship to proceed. Triple bonus points for distracting me for at least two hours of a nine hour international flight. If you enjoy diverse, contemporary romance and you haven't read WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI yet, you should definitely give it a shot.
KateUnger 4 months ago
I wanted to love When Dimple Met Rishi. Everyone loves this book. It’s gotten so much hype. Unfortunately, I think that killed it for me. I started the book expecting to be sucked into the story right away, but I had a hard time getting into it. I liked the characters right away, and the premise is so cute, but something about the writing made this book a little hard for me. It almost felt like there were too many words. Maybe it was too literary? I felt like I was wading through all of the description to get to the plot of what was actually happening. It just didn’t flow easily for me. I heard about this book from other bloggers, but I got really excited to read it when I heard an interview with the author on the podcast 88 Cups of Tea. Sandhya Menon has such an interesting story about how she came to write this book. The publisher was looking for an Indian author to write this story, and they found Sandhya through her agent. Pretty cool, huh? Anyway, I loved both Dimple and Rishi. Dimple is practical and goal-oriented. She knows what she wants for her future, and she’s going after it, despite what her parents want for her. She is awesome! My kind of girl for sure. Rishi is a romantic. He believes in arranged marriages, and he wants to please his parents. I liked him a lot too. Dimple and Rishi are great for each other. In that respect, this book reminded me of Emmy & Oliver. I love healthy YA romances. The Insomnia Con that they were attending was pretty amazing as well. Honestly, I could have handled A LOT more nerdy stuff related to the app they were building. This book didn’t get into the meat of their studies enough for me. I loved the talent show stuff and all of the teenage drama, but I wanted more of Dimple and her idea and how they made it happen. I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t love it. Ya know? But can I just say, this might be my favorite book cover ever! It’s so cute. http://opinionatedbooklover.com/review-dimple-met-rishi-sandhya-menon/
alyssama121 4 months ago
This was such a cute book! It’s been getting such great reviews, so when I saw that the author was signing at ALA, I told my husband about the book, knowing that he’d love a copy for his classroom. Even with all the hype, this book does not disappoint! I love how Dimple is so focused on her career and is incredibly straightforward and honest, and how that’s matched by Rishi’s dreamy, romantic personality. Reading about them working together and becoming “friends” and eventually falling in love with each other is a treat unlike any other. When Dimple Met Rishi is basically a YA Indian rom com, and it is fabulous. I seriously hope this gets made into a movie or something, because it would be great for the big screen. Menon does a great job in portraying that awkward post-high school pre-college vibe where everyone is trying to be grown up and adult, but they’re still stuck in some high school ways and don’t quite know how to act or what to do. It makes for some alternately hilarious and super awkward situations, and it’s absolutely perfect. The characters have different personalities, so how they react to finally being an “adult” and going away to college is different. Dimple just wants to get out on her own, so she’s ready to get away from her parents and start on her own path, so she calls occasionally, but mostly revels in her freedom. Rishi, on the other hand, isn’t chafing under his parents’ influence; he welcomes their input and their guidance, so he calls regularly to update them and very much includes them in his process of making a plan for himself for college. That sort of complexity is what really makes this book shine and keeps it interesting. The characters, however, are by far the best. I feel like I jumped right into the story and became friends with them; the tone of the book is light and airy, even though Dimple is trying to do a serious thing and jump-start her career. It’s a quick, fun read, and I laughed out loud a couple of times in the story. Basically, what I’m saying is that if you like romantic comedies, read this book! Keep these diverse books coming, publishers!
Griffingirl 5 months ago
I finished this book over a month ago, and I still think about it all the time! So cute and memorable
TheThoughtSpot 6 months ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Simon Pulse for the opportunity to read and review When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon! Prejudice and pushy parents are a part of every culture and Dimple is tired of her parents shoving the culture of India down her throat when she just wants to be a young adult American. Her dream is to become a web developer. she'll be attending Stanford in the fall but for the summer she's attending Insomnia Con-six weeks of learning web design and development. Little does she know that her parents have prearranged a meeting with the young man they want her to eventually marry, Rishi. She knows nothing about Rishi and her parents kept her in the dark while Rishi's parents told him everything. Rishi doesn't realize that Dimple has no idea before it's too late and they have a disastrous first meeting. They end up being partners for Insomnia Con and get the chance to know each other without the pressure from their parents. Dimple and Rishi have more in common than they could have guessed and they end up being very compatible. I think it's creative and funny how they dubbed the small group of rude, arrogant rich kids, The Aberzombies and it made me smile every time it was mentioned in the book. The story of Dimple and Rishi is fun, eye-opening, romantic, full of friendship and loyalty, inspiring and, at times, heartbreaking. Beautifully written, entertaining and worth 5 stars!
KivoxEnder 6 months ago
I thought this book was such a cute, fluffy, contemporary romance. I felt like it was refreshingly original and didn't have a lot of the tropes you see in other contemporary romance novels. Dimple and Rishi are both very driven characters but express it in completely different ways. Dimple doesn't want to think about boys and wants to just focus on her career and her future. Rishi is also very driven but is a hopeless romantic and wants to find his ideal wife...in which him and Dimple are actually set up to be in an arranged marriage. She doesn't want it at all and he really does and this story is all about how they meet, their relationship with each other, and how each character grows and develops individually. I definitely recommend this if you like contemporary novels.
Taylor_FrayedBooks 7 months ago
This book was SO CUTE! I had heard a lot about this book online and I was so glad to be able to finally read it. Dimple and Rishi are just absolutely adorable. But, Dimple has to be one of my favorite contemporary female characters. She knows what she wants and she is not afraid to speak out about it, even if it goes against her parent's wishes. I found that so endearing and she really cares about developing as a person rather than jumping into relationships. But, enter Rishi: he is kind of irresistible in that nerdy, adorkable way. This book also does a great job of addressing many microaggressions towards minority groups and how people's assumptions can be the opposite of the truth.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I adored this book! The perfect summer rom-com with characters that are hilarious, endearing, sharp, and ambitious. Loved it!!!
Take_Me_AwayPH 9 months ago
I just knew this would end up being one of those over-hyped books where I would end up being the black sheep, but in all honesty, this book was still SO cute and SO needed. When Dimple Met Rishi is honestly one of the cutest stories I've read in a long time. Dimple Shah is headstrong and has her life planned. She has no time for the schedule that her mom has already put in place for her. And then there's Rishi who dutifully follows all that his parents have laid out for him, especially the part about finding his future wife. But of course, when Dimple and Rishi meet, it's not exactly what either one is expecting, but maybe it's what they needed all along....... ALL. THE. HEART. EYES. When I talk about contemp romances, I think about the characters apart and then the characters together. Dimple is so smart and innovative and I loved that she wasn't willing to change who she was. And then there's Rishi, who had so much heart and showed how much he changed throughout the entire story. And then the two of them together was even cuter. They both had something they could bring or teach to the other and I loved that. Relationships are about what all parties can bring, and too often that's lost in YA. Also, Rishi has made the Book Boyfriend list for sure, because OMG he was the swooniest dude I've read about in a long time. Someone go find me a Rishi please lol I really loved the two of them together, but even better, I loved them apart as well. I laughed with them (so much so that people I work with turned to look at me weird because they didn't know why I was laughing lol) and at one point I cried with them. That's how I know I've loved a character and their story, when I connect with them on that level. The only thing I wasn't a fan of was the plot. I really wish I had seen more of the coding competition or at least more of them working together on it. It was the entire point of the being there, but it seemed a bit lost in the background. I also wasn't too much of a fan of Dimple in the beginning. There were laugh out loud moments sure, but she just seemed mean for the most part. I really felt bad for Rishi. I'm so glad this book is going out into the world. There's everything, from romance, to culture, to a million laughs. This book is everything a Rom-Com should be, plus some. I hope to see more of these characters in the future.
Shouni 9 months ago
Ahh, this was so freakin’ ADORABLE! This is a Bollywood romance turned into a YA novel. By Bollywood romance, yes I mean the cliches and the overused tropes and the songs and the drama, it was perfect! Dimple Shah is the only child to her traditional Indian parents; parents whose biggest goal in life is to marry her to a suitable boy now that she has graduated high school. Dimple though has no desire whatsoever to get married. Dimple is a coder and her biggest goal in the book is to win a programming competition and meet Jenny Lindth, her programming role model. She is intelligent, determined, and is always struggling to find the perfect balance between her family’s tradition and western society. Rishi on the other hand is more traditional, he wants to do whatever will make his parents happy and he’s completely on board with an arranged marriage. He is an artist at heart but is pursuing more “practical” goals like going to MIT to become an engineer. I understood where he was coming from, there’s usually a huge pressure in South Asian culture to pursue careers in science and the arts are usually dismissed as silly hobbies that you are supposed to do on the side but not make a career out of. The book itself can be best described as a romantic comedy and there were lots of funny scenes thrown in there with the romantic ones. I was giggling all through the book because of the sheer cuteness. The author does add some Hindi dialogues when Dimple and Rishi are talking to their parents which may throw off some non-Hindi speakers. Though you do get the gist of what they’re saying because of the context. All in all, When Dimple Met Rishi was just plain adorable and I recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a fluffy read.
Seoling 10 months ago
If you are looking for something quick and cute to read, then WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI is the book. I am all for contemporary romances, especially the ones that boost diversity. I am by no means, an expert on Indian culture. Nor do I know anything about it and I was really surprised by how interested I became in the cultural aspect of WDMR because I felt that it was slightly frustrating that terminology and speech were never really translated, but I feel like the writer did this on purpose to force her readers to immerse themselves in the experience and be interested enough to go and Google things – and I can see from people on Goodreads that definitely happen. I happen to think this is a genius way to encourage people to be more open to reading different perspectives, especially if they are not familiar with it at all. There were a handful of things to love about this story (including its gorgeous cover) and very few criticism I really had. I think that the romance is borderline cheesy. That’s not to say that it’s a bad thing – I love cheesy romances. I just don’t like when they become overly cheesy. Like if raclette goes too far (HOW IS THIS POSISBLE?). I didn’t think that there was enough development in Dimple and Rishi’s relationship to warrant the kind of seriousness that they seemed to pursue by the end of the book (but maybe it really was kismet!). I found it somewhat unbelievable at times, but it didn’t deter me from wanting to finish the story. After all, who doesn’t want to know if the two mains get together by the end? SPOILER! I did like that I got to see Dimple and Rishi in relationship-mode. It’s a rarity when a reader gets to experience a couple/ship in post-get-together bliss. Most of the time, they get together in the very last half of the book and by the end, I just want more! I want a long epilogue! I want a long lost chapter! I was very pleased that I got to read about Dimple and Rishi in both a friendship and romantic light. END SPOILER!
thelonereader 10 months ago
If you guys followed my Youtube Channel, then you know that I wasn’t exactly the most excited for When Dimple Met Rishi. I had read a snippet of the first few chapters earlier, except I skimmed it, and so I didn’t connect at all to the main character, Dimple. Even so, after all the hype this book has been getting since even before it was released, my anticipation grew as well. I finally read it, and while it’s super cute, it isn’t the most amazing thing I read. However, I loved reading a book about Indian American characters. I only recognized five of the Indian references in the entire book – idli, Krrish, Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, and Hrithik Roshan – and I differed from the characters more than I was like them, but I could relate to a lot of the philosophies and mindsets in the book. The problems that Dimple and Rishi dealt with are problems that I have to think about as well in my own life, and it was really cool seeing all of that reflected in not just any book, but a NYT bestseller. Allow me to list all the ways I related to this book: • In possibly the very first chapter of the novel, Dimple’s mom yells at her for being lazy, and tells her that no way is she going to find a husband if she’s lazy. My mother says this to me all the time. • Rishi wants to be the perfect child for his parents. He’s a comic book artist at heart, but he’s pursuing computer engineering in college because that’s what his dad wants for him – he also understands that it’s a more stable job than what he wants to do. This was me. I got great grades in high school and was on the pre-med track in college. In my first few years of university though, I realized that maybe hating every class I was taking was not the norm. I thought long and hard about it, and realized that when my only hobbies are reading, blogging, filming/editing videos, and watching tv, maybe that’s exactly what I should be looking to do as a career. • Arranged marriage is a huge deal in this book, and it’s kind of similar in my life. When I was younger, I was expected to have an arranged marriage sometime in my mid-twenties. Now, for those of you who think arranged marriage is awful and backwards, it’s really not. Parents just introduce you to a guy – or five – and you are absolutely able to say no if you don’t like that person. I’ve always seen it as either finding a roommate you’re super comfortable with, or finding the love of your life in a cute and romantic way. It’s kind of great because you don’t have to deal with dating, which can be a hassle, especially if you have zero flirting skills (me). Read more at: https://lonereaderblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/all-the-ways-i-related-to-when-dimple-met-rishi-by-sandhya-menon/
Aditi-ATWAMB 11 months ago
When Dimple Met Rishi was EASILY one of my most ANTICIPATED 2017 RELEASES (Right below A Court of Wings and Ruin and King’s Cage) and now that I’ve read it, I can HONESTLY SAY that this book is EVERYTHING THAT I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR. Reading When Dimple Met Rishi was SO EYE OPENING. I felt like I WAS MIRRORED in Dimple, her need for independence, to rebel from societal pressures and to FIND HERSELF IN A WORLD THAT HAS ALREADY TOLD US WHO WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE. I had an INSTANT CONNECTION with When Dimple Met Rishi, and it made me realize how I’d NEVER SEEN MYSELF IN A BOOK BEFORE THIS – How I NEVER felt the need to be represented until this book and I LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF THE AWAKENING. Reasons Why This Book Should Already Be In Your Hands: 1. THE DIVERSITY: YAY FOR #DIVERSEBOOKS. The diversity in this is ACCURATE, with the religion, the parents, the pressure and the judge-y aunty-jis. I ADORED Dimple’s line of thought and how similar Dimple and I, and I felt like I understood a LOT OF PEOPLE BETTER after reading Rishi’s. THIS WAS SO WELL DONE. I CANNOT EVEN TALK ABOUT HOW HAPPY I AM THAT THIS BOOK IS GOING TO BE IN SO MANY HANDS SOON; THAT THIS WAS JUST WHAT I NEEDED TO READ. I LOVED IT. 2. ALL THINGS INDIAN: After I connected with Dimple on SUCH A PERSONAL LEVEL, all of the Indian things that came into this book made me feel like I WAS AT HOME. Whether it was the Bollywood item songs for the talent show, the KHATTA MEETHA MIXTURE (Which is my FAVOURITE and I one I haven’t eaten in so long) or the feeling of being dragged to boring family functions, THIS BOOK WAS COMPLETELY PERFECT IN ALL ASPECTS. 3. THE ADORABLENESS: EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK WAS ADORABLE, OKAY? I absolutely loved the beginning with Dimple throwing her iced coffee on Rishi, how she slowly warmed up to him and his hopes and dreams about her. I loved their dates and the chemistry and how they just wanted the best for each other. #SWOON. 4. FOLLOWING YOUR PASSIONS: In India, about ten years ago, they only respected professions were wither being a doctor or an engineer. Parents FORCE their children TILL DATE to become one of these two things regardless if they hate it or not. I WAS SO GLAD THAT THIS BOOK HIGHLIGHTED THE DIFFICULTY TO SAY NO TO YOUR PARENT’S REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEIR EXPECTATIONS FOR YOU ARE. #AccuratelyDesi 5. THE TWO SISTER BAR AND BOOKS: This is a book shop. And a bar. NEED I SAY MORE? Sandhya Menon and I have decided to live under a table now and I’ve totally booked my flight tickers. Bye now. An absolutely adorable, brilliant and addicting book starring two Indian American teenagers that will stay with you long after you’re done.
fatimaaaxo 11 months ago
This. This was the perfect cute summer romance read. Filled with dynamic characters and a very engaging plot, this book was an absolute delight to devour! I’ve been looking forward to this book for ages, and it did not disappoint at all!! I don’t know how many times I’ll be saying this in my review, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The story is told through the alternating POVs of Dimple and Rishi. The alternating POVs allowed us to view scenes from Rishi’s cheerful, optimistic perspective and from Dimple’s cautious, realistic perspective. It’s also written in 3rd perspective – which actually didn’t detract much from the story being told! Rishi and Dimple’s interactions were always something to behold. I reallyy loved them. Their first meeting was hilarious, and the consequent ones were equally as entertaining to read. They were such dimensional characters, and their romance was so cute! I think Dimple is an amazing heroine – she’s smart, cautious and levelheaded. She is definitely her own person. Rishi is so swoon-worthy, too! He’s adorkable and goofy and just perfect! The yang to Dimple’s yin. (Or was it the other way around? Don’t attack me.) Rishi and Dimple’s dynamic is made even better when you throw the “arranged marriage” aspect into the mix. Typically, books pertaining to arranged marriage are always negative and depressing as hell, with the parents being depicted as evil dictators. However, in this book, that was not the case at all. Rishi and Dimple’s parents were (relatively) chill about it. They weren’t all “Get married or die!!”; they were more like “Here, we arranged a quite opportune marriage for you. You don’t have to do it, but it’d be cool if you did.” They obviously wanted what’s best for their children and didn’t try to force anything they didn’t want on them. In addition to all of the above, the cultural aspect of the book was soo perfect! The way it was presented made me curious to know so much more! The clothes, the food, the homage to Bollywood movies… everything! Both Indian and non-Indian readers alike are sure to appreciate this. I do admit, there were times when the story felt a little too predictable, especially towards the end when I felt like I was reading a mix of contemporary romance novels. But that definitely isn’t enough to keep me from reading. Overall, this book had all the feels! This was a light, fun, engaging read with constant humor and swoon-worthy romance. The characters were realistic and dimensional, and the diversity was on point. The writing flowed really well with the story, and the alternating POVs offered fresh insight into the characters’ minds. I really recommend this book if you need a quick, unique read to devour and feast on!
JollyRogerBooks 11 months ago
When Dimple Met Rishi is the diverse YA Contemporary that we've all been dying for and it does not disappoint in any way. It is one of the most adorable and well written Contemporaries this year and is sure to be the Hit of the Summer. WDMR is the diverse book that people all over the globe have been wanting because it gives them something that many of us take for granted, a book with MC's and references that they truly can identify with. That being said, almost anyone can identify with Dimple or Rishi, even if they are white. Dimple Shah is a class A geek, she loves coding and wants to branch out on her own and find her independence. She is such a computer geek she even wants to go to a Summer Camp that is all about coding and web app design before the start of her freshman year. Rishi Patel on the other hand has an Artist's heart. But he feels pulled to please his parents and be the perfect eldest son and is currently lined up to go to MIT (which is nothing to sneeze at) and get an Engineering Degree. He feels conflicted between what would be the 'sensible' route and going with his heart, which is something many people can identify with, myself included. Dimple and Rishi's parents are extremely traditional Indian parents, meaning they want to arrange their children into marriages and ensure their happiness. This being said, Dimple is 100% against this idea where as Rishi wants the stability and security this idea gives. But unbeknownst to Dimple only, this Summer Camp is the primed place to drop some hints and do some subtle or not so subtle nudges from Rishi and both set of parents. From adorable and awkward meet cutes to amazing dates with perfect views, WDMR is the perfect summer Contemporary YA Romance to sit by the pool and soak in. I recommend drinking an Iced Coffee beverage, ;) i myself prefer Iced Vanilla Lattes. The setting was gorgeous California and you definitely felt transported htere and this story is just rife with Hindi and Bollywood references that you feel easily immersed into this culture. I'd say I personally would want a pronunciation guide but that's just because I like to pronounce things correctly, and i screw up things in every genre...may or may not still think Tobias has a different pronunciation in Divergent than a friend says is correct. But i digress. Definitely pick up this story when next possible, or even better yet, order it online and have it delivered. Either way, read this adorable story.
Nels7691 11 months ago
Holy cuteness overload, Batman. This book is everything I wanted it to be and more! Yes, I knew it was going to be cute and fun, but there was so much depth to each of the main characters as well as the side characters that I wasn't necessarily expecting. I loved both Dimple and Rishi for completely different reasons. Dimple is a determined, stubborn, intelligent character who's close with her family, but feels pressured by their culture. Rishi is kind and protective and like Dimple, is close with his family, however, he finds comfort and stability in their culture. Every time they interact feels genuine and not at all contrived, which can be difficult when the bulk of the book takes place over the course of a month or so. Plus, Dimple and Rishi's families were present in the book and present parents in YA is always icing on the cake. The side characters were very interesting as well and were fleshed out, three dimensional characters. They don't just exist to move the plot forward for the two main characters - they have real challenges to overcome and story lines of their own. The story is told in alternating POVs, but not in a way that books typically are (at least none that I can think of). While each POV could be viewed as its own chapter, there are times where a moment starts in one POV and then is continued or finished in the other POV. I think this helps with the flow of the book because there isn't any backtracking needed to know what's going through Dimple's mind or Rishi's mind. While some may be put off because they think that this book is simply a romance, there is so much more going on. This book explores culture, parents' expectations, familial relationships, friendships, and finding balance in life. Seriously, there's something for everyone in this book.
Anonymous 12 months ago
i really don't know what to say... this book has been so good! i love so many things about it! the characters are amazing! Dimple is feisty and does her own thing and i envy her so much. she's the type of girl I wish i could be! Rishi is awesome. I actually relate to him more. but he has a side of him that's heroic and i love it. their differences as characters and their similarities too just go so well together. i personally love that all the characters here are imperfect because they are so realistic! the plot is so adorable! i swear i feel <i>kilig</i> in most of them. they are so adorable together and it feels not that fluffy even! i kinda have a love/hate with it being an arranged marriage but it's more of actually falling genuinely in love than anything forced. and the kismet!!!! *swoon* totally amazing on how the author used it in the plot. if anything kismet is my favorite about the plot! tradition, diversity, women empowerment, Indian culture... these are just some of the things that hold the book together. the love story is interesting and all, but all this won't be as amazing if these elements are not present at all. i am in love with these elements that spoke but seems like shouting while you read it. giving this a four stars though because there just some things that i thought that were a bit off for me. 4.5 if I can actually! in all honesty this book being it a diverse one made itself so special. it's not much the romantic aspect (but that was crazy amazing too) but it was them being young and in love, and finding their own, and not losing themselves in the expectations of others and even themselves. that definitely made it amazing for me. Congratulations Sandhya Menon for this amazing debut. thank you for these lessons and expressing your love through this book! *i received an ARC copy of this book as part of a giveaway.
Alyssa75 12 months ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Publisher: Simon Pulse Publication Date: May 30, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. 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. What I Liked: When I first saw this book I thought, Indian rep written by an Indian author? YES PLEASE! I'm Indian and I often have such a hard time reading YA books with Indian protagonists or set in an Indian setting or based on Indian culture or folklore - because these YA books are often written by white authors, and I'm often incredibly disappointed by those stories. This YA contemporary romance is so fun, lighthearted, and it struck a chord in me. Dimple Shah is off to Stanford at the end of the summer, and she can't wait to start her college career in technology and coding. But first, she is going to attend Insomnia Con, a summer program for aspiring web developers. Rishi Patel is also going to Insomnia Con, but he has a goal in mind: woo Dimple Shah, his future wife. Dimple has no idea that Rishi's parents and her parents have put Rishi up to this, and so color this girl surprised when she and Rishi first meet and he says something about them getting married. Though Dimple has no intention of getting married anytime soon, she doesn't mind starting a friendship with Rishi - especially when they are partnered to work together on the project for Insomnia Con. But Dimple does not expect to fall for Rishi, and Rishi doesn't expect to fall for Dimple. They may have had a rocky start, but they are meant for so much more. This book is written from both Rishi and Dimple's POV, which I loved. Dimple is clueless to her parents' arrangement with Rishi's parents, and she thinks that her parents are simply sending her to Insomnia Con because she wanted to go. Rishi, on the other hand, knew everything, and thought that Dimple did too. Their first meeting is hilarious! Poor Rishi. Anyway, I liked getting the chance to read from both of the characters' POV. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
book_junkee 12 months ago
I absolutely loved this cover and after reading the synopsis, couldn't wait to get my greedy hands on it. I loved Dimple and Rishi. They're both so smart and so alike and different at the same time. She's sort of rebelling against the traditional ways of her family and he's all for it and I was captivated by reading them figure it all out. The plot for the story was delightful. I loved having them thrown into a situation away from home and becoming somewhat dependent on each other. It definitely made for some sweet swoony moments -- as well as some frustrating ones. Overall, it was quick, fun, and mostly fluffy read. I loved seeing the culture represented and can't wait to get a finished copy on my bookshelf. **Huge thanks to Simon Pulse for providing the arc free of charge**