When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

by Sandhya Menon

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ISBN-13: 9781481478687
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 97,653
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 When Dimple Met Rishi; From Twinkle, with Love; and There’s Something About Sweetie. A full-time dog-servant and part-time writer, she makes her home in the foggy mountains of Colorado. Visit her online at SandhyaMenon.com.

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When Dimple Met Rishi




  • Dimple couldn’t stop smiling. It was like two invisible puppeteers, standing stage left and stage right, were yanking on strings to lift up the corners of her mouth.

    Okay, or maybe something less creepy. The point was, the urge to grin felt irresistible.

    Dimple clicked on the e-mail again and read it. Stanford. She was going to Stanford. Even though the acceptance letter had come in the mail weeks ago, she hadn’t allowed herself to really, fully believe it until her student log-in details had come via e-mail. She’d thought that, at the last minute, Papa would have second thoughts and renege on the deposit. Or that Mamma would call and tell them Dimple had changed her mind (and if you didn’t think Mamma would do something like that, you’d never met her).

    But no, it had all actually worked out. Everything was settled. She was officially enrolled.

    Now, if only . . .

    Dimple clicked over to the other window she had open, her smile fading just a tad.

    Insomnia Con 2017:

    A fabulous opportunity for rising high school seniors or recent grads! Come learn the basics of web development on the sunny SFSU campus this summer!

    Just shut up and take my money, Dimple thought.

    But it wasn’t that easy. It would be an incredible opportunity—this was true. She’d have a leg up on everyone else when she started Stanford in the fall. And think of the contacts she’d make! Some of the biggest names in web development had gone through Insomnia Con: Jenny Lindt, for instance. The woman was a genius. She’d basically designed and coded the billion-dollar Meeting Space app and website from the ground up. It made Dimple salivate just to think of sitting through the same classes, participating in the same activities, walking the same campus as she had.

    But she didn’t know if she could push her luck with the parental unit.

    The summer program cost a thousand dollars. And while Papa and Mamma were solidly middle class, they weren’t exactly flush. Not to mention she’d already stretched her luck about as far as it could go, she was sure, by asking—nay, haranguing—them to let her go to Stanford. She was sure the only reason they had agreed was because they were secretly hoping she’d meet the I.I.H. of her—no, their—dreams at the prestigious school.

    I.I.H., for the uninitiated, stood for Ideal Indian Husband.

    Uggghh. Just thinking about it made her want to banshee-scream into a pillow.

    “Diiiiimpllllle?” Mamma sounded screechy and frantic as usual.

    When Dimple was younger, she’d go running downstairs, heart pounding every single time, terrified something awful had happened. And every single time Mamma would be doing something mundane like rummaging in the kitchen cupboard, greeting her casually with, “Have you seen my saffron?” Mamma never understood why it made Dimple so livid.

    “Just a minute, Mamma!” she shouted back, knowing full well it would be more than a minute. Dimple now knew better than to rush when she heard her Mamma call. They’d arrived at an uneasy truce—Mamma didn’t have to modulate her tone if Dimple didn’t have to drop everything and rush to her aid for saffron emergencies.

    She clicked through the photo gallery on the Insomnia Con website for another five minutes, sighing at the building’s giant glass and chrome structure, at the tech nerds grouped together in inviting clusters, at the pictures of previous, jubilant winners of the legendary talent contest that gave them extra seed money for their apps or websites. Dimple would kill to be one of them someday.

    Participants of Insomnia Con were tasked to come up with a concept for the most groundbreaking app they could conceive during their month and a half at the SFSU campus. Although no one could actually code an entire app in that time frame, the idea was to get as close as possible by the judging round. There were rumors that, this year, the winners would get the chance to have their concept critiqued by Jenny Lindt herself. Now that would be epic.

    Dimple said a little prayer that she’d win a thousand-dollar lottery, turned off her monitor, adjusted her ratty gray salwar kameez, and made her way downstairs.

    •  •  •

    “Woh kuch iske baare mein keh rahi thi na?” Papa was saying. Didn’t she mention this?

    Dimple stopped, ears perked. Were they talking about her? She strained to hear more, but Mamma pitched her voice too low, and Dimple couldn’t make out anything else. Of course. When she actually wanted to listen, Mamma decided to be quiet and reserved. Sighing, she walked into the living room.

    Was it her imagination or did her parents look a little flushed? Almost . . . guilty? She raised her eyebrows. “Mamma, Papa. Did you need something?”

    “Dimple, tell me again about—oh.” The guilty look disappeared as Mamma pursed her magenta lipsticked mouth, taking Dimple’s appearance in. “Wearing specs?” She pointed to Dimple’s glasses, perched on the end of her nose like usual. Mamma’s eyes roamed, squinting with disapproval at Dimple’s unruly black curly hair (which she refused to let grow past her shoulders), her face so completely unadorned with makeup, and sadly, in spite of Mamma’s optimistic naming, nary a dimple in sight.

    She should be thankful I brushed my teeth this morning, Dimple thought. But Mamma would never understand Dimple’s aversion to makeup and fashion. Every other week one of the aunties from the Indian Association came over to help Mamma dye her roots black while Papa was at work. He was under the impression she still had her youthful color.

    “Where are your contacts? And remember when I showed you how to do kaajal?” Kaajal was the potted eyeliner that was hugely popular in Mamma’s youth, a trend which she apparently hadn’t noticed had died away sometime in the ’70s.

    “Vividly,” Dimple muttered, trying to tamp down the annoyance in her voice. From beside Mamma, Papa, ever the peacemaker, was making a surreptitious please let it go face. “I just graduated three days ago, Mamma. Can’t I have this week to relax and be lazy?”

    Papa’s face now resembled a roti that had been left in the pan too long.

    “Relax and be lazy!” Mamma thundered. Her glass bangles jangled in synchrony. “Do you think you’re going to find a husband by being lazy? Do you think, for the past twenty-two years since marrying your father, I’ve had a minute to myself to be lazy?”

    Of course not, Dimple thought. Because you’ve been too busy hovering. She bit her tongue and sank down on the sofa, knowing that once Mamma got started, she’d be at it for a while. It was better to let her talk until the words petered out, like those windup chattering teeth you could buy at the joke store. There were a million things she could say in acerbic response, of course, but Dimple still hadn’t ruled out asking to enroll in Insomnia Con if the opportunity presented itself. It was in her best interest to hold back.

    “No, I haven’t,” Mamma continued. “ ‘Lazy’ shouldn’t be in a woman’s vocabulary.” Adjusting the violet dupatta on her gold and pink salwar kameez, Mamma settled against the couch. She looked like the brilliant Indian flower Dimple knew she herself would never be. “You know, Dimple, a grown daughter is a reflection of her mother. What do you think others in our community will think of me if they see you . . . like this?” She made a vague gesture at Dimple’s person. “Not that you aren’t beautiful, beti, you are, which is what makes it even more tragic—”

    Dimple knew she shouldn’t. But the flare of temper that overtook her made it all but impossible to stop the flood of words leaving her mouth. “That is such a misogynistic view, Mamma!” she said, jumping up, pushing her glasses up on her nose. Papa was muttering something under his breath now. He might’ve been praying.

    Mamma looked like she couldn’t believe what she was hearing. “Misogynistic! You call your own mother misogynistic?” Mamma darted an indignant look at Papa, who appeared to be extremely invested in a loose thread on his kurta. Turning back to Dimple, Mamma snapped, “This is what I’m worried about! You lose sight of the important things, Dimple. Looking nice, making an effort . . . these are the things girls value in our culture. Not this”—she made air quotes, which up until now Dimple hadn’t realized she knew how to use—“ ‘misogyny’ business.”

    Dimple groaned and clutched her head, feeling like that ancient pressure cooker Mamma still used when she made idli cakes. She was sure there was an actual chance she would explode. There was no way she and Mamma were related; they may as well have been two entirely different species. “Seriously? That’s what you think I should be relegating my brain space to? Looking nice? Like, if I don’t make the effort to look beautiful, my entire existence is nullified? Nothing else matters—not my intellect, not my personality or my accomplishments; my hopes and dreams mean nothing if I’m not wearing eyeliner?” Her voice had risen incrementally until it echoed off the high ceilings.

    Mamma, caught up in the moment, stood to meet her glare. “Hai Ram, Dimple! It is not eyeliner—it is kaajal!”

    Dimple’s temper flashed, the heat tempered only slightly by the dampness of disappointment. This was an argument they’d had so many times, she and Mamma could probably say each other’s lines. It was like they were constantly speaking two different languages, each trying to convince the other in an alien lexicon. Why couldn’t Mamma make the smallest effort to understand where Dimple was coming from? Did she really think Dimple had nothing valuable to contribute besides her looks? The thought made Dimple’s pulse skyrocket. She leaned forward, face flaming, ready to speak her mind about how she really felt—

    The doorbell chime echoed through the house, bringing them to a standstill. Dimple’s heart still raced, but she felt all the million old arguments stall, unspoken behind her lips.

    Mamma adjusted her dupatta, which had begun to fall off during the argument, and took a deep breath. “We have guests,” she said demurely, patting her hair. “I trust you will behave for them, Dimple?”

    Papa looked at her with big, pleading eyes.

    Dimple managed a curt nod, thinking, Saved by the bell, Mamma. You don’t know how lucky you are.

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    When Dimple Met Rishi 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    The book I read is called “When Dimple met Rishi.” It is about a girl named Dimple and a boy named Rishi. They are both Indian and are deciding which college to go to. Dimple really wants to go to Stanford for coding. She gets sent to a program in San Francisco for students who want to go there. Rishi’ s and Dimple’s parents are planning for them to get married, as like a lot of people in their culture. But, there’s a problem. Only Rishi knows about it. Dimple’s parents didn’t tell her about it in hopes that she and Rishi would fall in love. Dimple is very happy about going to the program and winning. But once she gets there, she gets an unpleasant surprise. Rishi thinks that Dimple knows about the arranged marriage and is just as excited as he is. The only reason Rishi is going to the program, is to meet Dimple. He thinks that’s why she is going as well. When they first meet, Dimple thinks he is crazy. He approaches her in a manner that they were best friends. He greets her as his future wife and she doesn’t understand what he’s talking about. She gets pretty creeped out and throws her drink on him and gets away from there as fast as she can. At the program, everyone starts getting assigned partners for their first activity. Dimple and Celia, her roommate, really hope to be paired together. But, they aren’t. Dimple gets paired with Rishi and they try to get new partners since Dimple doesn’t exactly like Rishi, but they can’t. They learn to work together and actually have a really great time going all over the city. They start hanging out more and more. Even going out to dinner with a couple friends. Eventually, going to dinner by themselves. They really start liking each other and turn it into a relationship. Since they are partners, they have been thinking about dancing to win the talent show. Rishi’s brother, Ashish comes to campus to visit Rishi and he helps them learn the dance. Rishi and Dimple decide that they are going to try doing long-distance for when they go back home. Will their relationship work out? Will they win the talent show? Well, you’re just going to have to read to find out! I definitely would recommend this book to others. It is very funny and humorous. It really shows you how other people with different religion, race, or culture live their lives. Whether it’s just like yours, or very different. I would recommend this book because a lot of it focuses on careers and it helps you get thinking about yours. I would recommend this book to middle school and up because it does use a lot of words appropriate for older viewers and talks about some inappropriate things. They aren’t very bad things, but it would be more appropriate for an older student.
    Jill Jemmett More than 1 year ago
    I finally finished this book, just in time for From Twinkle, With Love to come out, and I absolutely loved it! Dimple was such a fabulous character. She was so real. I love that she was interested in coding. She was also strong because she insisted on going to school instead of getting married right away. She stood her ground with her parents, but at the same time, they respected her wishes. I also loved Rishi! He was so sweet and planned the best dates with Dimple! He was even willing to leave the camp just to please her when she was shocked that he was there just for her. Indian culture played an important part in this novel. Dimple’s and Rishi’s parents tried to set them up to get married, because they were family friends. Dimple wanted to do a Bollywood dance for the talent show. Both of them embraced their Indian culture. I wasn’t familiar with some things, like the foods, so I loved learning more in this book! This book definitely lived up to the hype! I highly recommend it!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This was utterly cute and hard to put down. I fell in love with the characters and the story all the way. Actual descent friendships that don't turn sour are something I want to see more of honestly. Not to mention the obvious cuteness that was Dimple and Rishi's relationship. It was such a fun and interesting book and I'm looking forward to her next release!
    TheMissCharley More than 1 year ago
    While I wanted to love this book due to all the high reviews I saw, I didn't really like the overall book. I connected with the characters' problems and the description hit spot-on for what was needed. My main problem was the pacing of the plot. Dimple and Rishi both go to a six-week program for web development, and three of the weeks lasted for about 80% of the book. In one paragraph the final three weeks were summarized which left me wondering how Dimple and Rishi's relationship developed. By not really getting to know the characters, I felt they were inconsistent to how I imagined they would react to certain situations. The description throughout intense moments brought tingles to my feet and tips of fingers. Some of the moments I laughed and cried right along with the characters. Overall, I feel very conflicted with this book due to the plot development and love for the characters.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I am not a modern realistic fiction, light-hearted romance reader. I was a bit concerned going into this one because I wanted to like it; it's a Lincoln Finalist. I was very pleasantly surprised once I started reading. I got into it very quickly and enjoyed the book a lot. It's cute and sweet, and although it uses a lot of the common romance tropes, they're wrapped inside of a story of a young pair that it dealing with tradition and expectations and going off to college and their hopes and dreams. Those things don't take a backseat to the romance, the romance is a backdrop to their lives. I appreciate that a lot.
    13835877 More than 1 year ago
    When Dimple Met Rishi is an absolutely adorable coming of age romance. Dimple is a headstrong fiercely independent young woman. Dimple is striving for the career of her dreams and believes that means she cannot have love. Rishi is bound by duty and responsibility. He believes he needs to marry for practicality and go to school for a reliable career. Rishi and Dimple balance each other and push each other to be true to themselves. I really enjoyed the fact that this book had a cast of diverse characters. This is the first book I've read that focused on characters with an Indian background and I greatly enjoyed it. I definitely recommend this to YA romance fans. *This is a YA book with sexual content and fade-to-black scenes*
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    xokristim More than 1 year ago
    This was one of my most highly anticipated reads of the summer. After reading the synopsis and hearing about all the hype surrounding it, I could not wait to jump in. Alas I read it months later as I tend to do, and I don’t know if the hype wore off, or was too much but I didn’t get the feels I was expecting. That’s not to say I didn’t highly enjoy reading it and thought the story was absolutely adorable. I loved some of the background information on Dimple and Rishi’s culture. It was so interesting and to be honest a breath of fresh air. I also enjoyed the character’s as a whole. I thought each character was portrayed wonderfully and fell in love with pretty much all of them. I will say I found the story quite predictable. Once I got to know the character’s I could almost feel their next move. Overall I thought this was a cute love story that touched on family dynamics. I enjoyed the story as a whole and would recommend it to any lovers of contemporary reads. I feel like I just wanted to like it even more than I did.
    JLeighG More than 1 year ago
    When Dimple Met Rishi, is a cute contemporary read about two very different people finding each other. It has a great depiction of Indian culture and values. It also has amazing side characters that are important to the plot. I really enjoy the bonds Sandhya uses to create depth with each of her characters. Although I did have some issues with Dimple’s character at the beginning and the lack of coding throughout, I still really enjoyed reading this one. It’s also probably the first book that started at a solid 3-star rating until I got about halfway through.
    BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
    Finally got to read this book after hearing so many amazing reviews and comments about it and I loved it so much. It was so entertaining the characters, every single one, seemed honest and real, I loved the culture and the way they talked with their families and about their families and their experiences growing up. I’m Mexican and they are Indian – American and so many things about out cultures were different but having family as your core is very similar to my experience. Rishi seemed so adorable from the beginning and yes he had a really rough first meet with Dimple but I loved that he realized what he had done wrong and acted accordingly, he was a gentleman, he supported her every step of the way and was there for her in the most amazing way, there were big alpha male fights or declarations, he was just him and sweet, kind, real and honest. Dimple is an inspiration, she truly is and I really hope so many people read this book because it is full of life lessons and sweet and tender moments between the characters that we are introduced to.
    BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
    This book is a total joy to read.
    JulieMaguda More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
    I finished this book over a month ago, and I still think about it all the time! So cute and memorable
    TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
    I adored this book! The perfect summer rom-com with characters that are hilarious, endearing, sharp, and ambitious. Loved it!!!
    Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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/