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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Thursday, March 9, 2017
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.

Goodreads Summary

Dimple and Rishi are two totally opposite personalities. Though they say opposites attract, I doubted that saying in this one and, I have to admit, sometimes felt as if some of the "love" scenes were forced. Dimple's family wants her to find a great Indian husband; Rishi's family wants him to major in engineering and find a great Indian wife. When the families suggest an arranged marriage, they have no idea that both Dimple and Rishi will be attending the same summer program. As they pair get to know each other they realize that they are not so far apart in ideology and likes/dislikes as they think. They experiences new events together and have a few steamy scenes. Dimple, however, remains unsure of the arrangement and prefers her independence. I really loved finding out how the story ended.

Dimple's character annoyed me. She was fun, intelligent, and forward-thinking, but she was also pushy, obnoxious, and willful to a fault. Rishi was very adorable. His shy, sweet personality will instantly make the reader like him. I still don't know if they are necessarily "right" for each other, but I did like how organic their relationship felt. The book focused on their two characters and sometimes it felt like there were literally no other characters involved in the plot. I liked Menon's writing style and her way of inserting Hindi words and snippets of Indian culture.

3 1/2 Stars

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