Review: When Dimple Met Rashi by Sandhya Menon

Review: When Dimple Met Rashi by Sandhya MenonWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Published by Simon Pulse on May 30th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 380

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.


This was a super adorable and fun read. There definitely a lot of highlights in the book which I loved with a few things that didn’t really work for me.

Meet-cute and kismet: I loved the way the universe brought together Dimple and Rishi! It has all hallmarks of a rom-com from the slightly meddling family members, to awkward shenanigan meet-cute, to forced time together, to a ton of really cute moments. Seriously, Dimple and Rishi are adorable and it fun getting to see both POVs and their relationship evolve.

(Clash of) cultures: While I’m not Indian, I can still totally relate to this odd mix of traditional meets American culture that both Dimple and Rishi experience. What more is that they both experience it differently and have different ways that they clash or embrace their cultures (like an arrange marriage!). I liked learning about Indian culture and I liked the family dynamics between Dimple and her family and Rishi with his.

Rishi: was a winner. He was just so lovely and adorkable and you knew when he committed to something, it was wholeheartedly.

Dimple: I struggled with a bit. It was a bit of a rollercoaster ride with her. While I appreciated Dimple’s drive and determination to stay true to herself, I was also really frustrated by her selfishness.

Plot (or lack of?): A bunch of stuff happened but really nothing happened (expect for the romance)? Why did we spend so much time worrying about a talent show when we could have been embracing the tech-y goodness!?

Anyway, When Dimple Met Rishi was pretty enjoyable and diverse read. Despite some of its flaws, this story definitely left a smile on face.

This is our life. We get to decide the rules. We get to say what goes and what stays, what matters and what doesn’t.

About Sandhya Menon

My name is Sandhya Menon, and I’m a New York Times and national Indie bestselling author. I write books for teens (and those who still feel like teens inside!). I currently live in Colorado, where I’m on a mission to (gently) coerce my husband, son, and daughter to watch all 3,221 Bollywood movies I claim as my favorite. Also, I love my pets a little too much, as you can probably tell.


Author: Cyn

noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

12 Replies to “Review: When Dimple Met Rashi by Sandhya Menon”

  1. Glad you were able to enjoy this despite its flaws. 😉

  2. This was definitely a cute fun read. I agree the talent show was weird in that I expected more tech stuff. Great review!

  3. I just recently bought this one and I can’t wait to read it. Sorry to hear that you had a couple issues with the story, but glad that you ended up still enjoying it in the end. Great review!

  4. I’ve seen great reviews for this book. Sorry to hear you had some issues with it. I hope you enjoy your next book (the one you’re currently reading) more than this. Awesome, honest review. I love it.❤️👍🏻

  5. I hope to read this one and have it requested from the library. It sounds like it was really cute despite having a few issues. Thanks for the fair review!

  6. Dimple is what people call an “unlikable heroine”! I didn’t know there was a specific term like that. I didn’t totally love her at first but I definitely understood her. My parents are a mix of Dimple’s and Rishi’s, and my life (in terms of tradition and custom) is a mix of Dimple’s and Rishi’s, and so this book felt pretty personal to me. Menon did a beautiful job with the story. I didn’t love the drama towards the end but I thought the story was good. I’m glad you (mostly) liked it, Cyn!

    Have a great weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  7. Glad you mostly enjoyed this one! I have been seeing it all over and it sounds cute in the way Dimple and Rishi meet and get to know each other, coming with different expectations . Nice review.

  8. I thought this was so fun! Such a different kind of setup from what we see, and I love hearing that it’s authentic from other bloggers. I understand what you mean about Dimple, but I appreciated her drive. Sometimes a cute, fun story is just what you need, eh? 🙂

  9. Ahhh, this book! I can see why you have some issues with it, but I still am enamoured with the sheer cuteness of it!

  10. I picked this up at ALA, and I can’t wait to have time to read it! It seems like the consensus is that everyone loves Rishi, and some people aren’t as crazy about Dimple. I need this kind of cute, light story in my life right now! 🙂

  11. I really enjoyed this one too Cyn, I think the word I would probably use is delightful and there’s not too many of those around that leave you smiling lately I’ve found. I struggled with with Dimple at times but I loved flawed characters and warmed to her seeing her interact with Rishi. He was such a beautiful boy wasn’t he. Wonderful review Cyn and so glad you enjoyed this one despite Dimple getting under your skin a little <3 <3 <3

  12. Great review, Cyn! While I didn’t *love* this one and gush over it as most reviews I’ve seen, I still really enjoyed it and thought it was a super sweet and adorable read. Rishi was the total stand-out for me. Simply adored him and his kindness and his patience. I agree with you that Dimple seemed selfish at times – she was very all-or-nothing. Nothing major, though, and it didn’t detract from it being a fun read.
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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