Contemporary (YA) | Romance (YA) | Young Adult fiction

Review: When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

6. November 2018

GENRE & SYNOPSIS

Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance

Now that Dimple Shah has graduated, she’s ready for a break from her family – especially from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the Ideal Indian Husband. Ugh. But Dimple knows that her mother must respect that she isn’t interested in doing that right now – otherwise she 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 – during which he’ll have to woo her – he’s totally onboard. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. Although their parents hadn’t planned suggesting the arrangement so soon, when their kids signed up for the same summer program, they figured why not?

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RATING & REVIEW

★★★☆/5

I started this on my holiday to Greece in September, and I was not able to finish it until November. I mean, the book itself was a cute read, but it just didn’t have much in it. The characters are likable, and I felt like Dimple was a strong female lead that was easily likable, and the writing wasn’t bad at all. I actually liked it a lot. I also liked the dip into Indian culture, and how that translates to Indian culture in America.

As mentioned the characters are likable. But at the same time, I couldn’t really understand the instant change Dimple had from “hating” Rishi and what he symbolized and then changing completely all of a sudden. I also didn’t like Rishi, and to be honest, I think the male reader of my audiobook completely destroyed Rishi for me. He had the most annoying voice, and every time he was reading something that Dimple said or her friend said, I rolled my eyes.

It wasn’t what I wanted it to be, I wanted more depth into the culture, more understanding when it came to arranged marriage and what that means, and how it is translated into being Indian away from your home-country. I also wish the minor characters had more time – because I didn’t feel connected to them at all. They were just sidekicks that didn’t help the story along a lot.

This book is cute and I can understand that a lot of people love this book, but I wished more.

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