Published by Simon Pulse on May 30th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.
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