When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

img_9982Title: When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: May 30th 2017

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️  ½

Goodreads Summary: 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 book, is your average contemporary, but it’s not.

It’s got the base line of two characters meeting each other and eventually falling in love, but, the setting isn’t like any other contemporary book.

I’ve read many contemporaries, which is obvious due to the amount of book reviews on my blog that are of contemporary books and not fantasy, but I’ve never read a contemporary quite like this one. It is truly unique from the set of main characters down to the setting at a coding program.

I not only liked how both main characters were very strong in their own ways, I liked how this is set at a coding program dubbed ‘Insomnia Con’, where this is this huge competition to create the best app and eventually meet Dimples hero, Jenny Lindt.

Usually in YA romance contemporary stories, we’re set in the home town or in a college, eventually maybe traveling around the world, but they usually have regular lives or kind of simmered down lives and they happen to meet their perfect match and the story is about them falling in love.

This one is too, but it isn’t. This book isn’t just about Dimple and Rishis romance, it’s also about the hard work put into programming, a different way of dealing with people that treat you poorly, a very close family dynamic and achieving your true goals in life.

The one thing that bothered me so much about this book, which made me deduct half a star off my rating, was the huge use of Hindi. I get it, for the Indian readers, or the readers that are currently learning the Indian language, the use of Hindi is like really cool and I get that feeling too. Whenever I read a book and there’s a sentence in French, German or maybe even Russian (Latin too sometimes when I’m reading a Shadowhunters novel) I feel giddy, because I understand what’s happening, but being on the other side, it isn’t too much fun. Whenever either Dimple or Rishi talked to their parents, their parents would usually start speaking a little Hindi and sometimes you understood from the context what it would mean, but sometimes you’re just kind of in the dark. I think it would be great for novels like this to maybe put the translations in the back of the book so that everyone gets a kick out of it.

Other than that, it was a very good book. I very much liked reading it a lot since I’m trash for contemporary. I hope you guys liked my review and that it inspired you all to pick it up aswell, since you really should. 🤗🤗

P.S. This post was posted on the same day as Harry Potters and J.K. Rowlings birthday, so happy birthday to them! 🎉

 

📖 Booktube-A-Thon/Summer Biannual Bibliothon Wrap Up 📖

My first readathon, and it was a complete success! I think I had the advantage of picking my reading challenges since I did have 14 to choose from and I kind of put the odds in my favor. The important thing about a readathon is being flexible with your tbr and rolling with the inevitable punches.

Geekerella Ashley PostonFor the first challenge I chose “Read a book with a person on the cover” (BooktubeAThon) and all of my books had people on the cover, so I’ll hand it to Geekerella.

With Geekerella I also completed the second challenge “Read a book completely outdoors” (BooktubeAThon) and this was the first challenge I eliminated when I was choosing which challenges I should pick from both of the readathons, but I ended up actually managing to finish a book completely outdoors.

 

When Dimple met RishiI read When Dimple met Rishi (Review coming  tomorrow!) to complete the challenges “Read a hyped book” and “Read a book about a character that is very different from you” (both from BooktubeAThon). Every BookTuber I watch has raved about this book and how it is a great summer read, and since I’m not Indian, finished with school and don’t have parents that are already planning my wedding with somebody I don’t know, I am nothing like Dimple or Rishi.

I finally got around to reading Hello, goodbye & everything inbetween for the challenges “Book thats been sitting on your shelf for over a year” (Bibib throwback challenge) and “Read a book in one day” (BookTubeAThon) and it lifted a weight off my shoulders. It’s a really cute book and beautifully short.

the evil we love.jpgFor the final challenge to “Read a book from a specific genre” (Bibib genre I chose is Paranormal) I wanted to read Jackaby but I didn’t end up having enough time to get to it, so I read a novella — novellas are books too! — The evil we love, the fifth part in the shadowhunters academy which on goodreads is shelved under Paranormal and if you don’t count it it’s also 100% urban fantasy and that’s another genre I could choose from. I’m not enjoying the shadowhunters academy novellas, they bore me and feel so unnecessary and like they bring absolutely nothing to the story, but everyone says it’s important to read the novellas before reading Lady Midnight, so that’s the only thing holding me back from Lady Midnight. I’m really excited for the Dark Artifices, everyone says it’s her best series yet and I’m super excited for it, but the damn shadowhunter academy novellas.

So, all in all, it was a very successful experience for me. It really helped me get to books that I thought I might never get to again and made me feel all in all very happy about reading, I’m almost finished with my Goodreads reading challenge, only one left! Although I had to force myself through the shadowhunter academy, it got me really excited for Lady Midnight, so I think I’m just going to read the summaries and finally get around to the Dark Artifices! 🤗🤗

 

 

💙 Booktubeathon/Biannualbibliothon Update 💙

I thought tackling both readathons would be harder, but, surprisingly, I’m even on schedule! I decided to mash up the challenges between both of the readathons and at first they were 4 challenges from booktubeathon and 3 from Biannualbibliothon, it’s changed to 5 from booktubeathon and 2 from the Biannualbibliothon due to the fact that I actually managed to read a book completely outdoors! Woohoo! 

I’m currently reading When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and I really like it so far. I’m overall happy with my first readathon experience and will post a wrap up on Sunday when they’re both over 🤗🤗

🏷 Totally Should’ve Book Tag 🏷

Doing one of my favorite tags from one of my favorite booktubers Emmmabooks, brings you the Totally Should’ve Book Tag for another Tag Tuesday.

upside of unrequitedTotally should’ve gotten a sequel

I’ve talked about this book so many times already on my book blog, which says a lot, because I haven’t posted that much on my book blog yet, but it’s definitely The Upside of Unrequited. I loved the characters! I loved the family aspect! I want to know more about Molly, hear more of her pinteresty recipes and what she’s doing and how it’s going with her boy. The one thing that I hate about contemporaries, is that mostly they’re basically a lead up to when the couple finally gets together. Don’t get me wrong, contemporaries always do it really well and I always enjoy the love confessions, but I miss out on seeing characters that I’ve grown close to in the novel actually being a couple and I kind of hate that. And that’s why this book deserves a sequel.

Totally should’ve had a spin off series

Emma said Harry Potter, and I’m definitely agreeing with her. I love Harry Potter and I guess now you could count the Fantastic Beasts in a way, but I want to read more about the marauders or basically everything else, main thing is that it’s in the Harry Potter universe and preferably in Hogwarts.

An author who totally should write more books

Stephanie Perkins is a writer who should write more contemporary books. She’s just amazing at them, creating these great couples and boys that you just have to adore, she’s basically a Queen of Contemporary. Yes, I know about her new novel There’s Someone Inside Your House and I’m very excited about it, but I’m kinda bummed that it isn’t a contemporary novel.

A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else

!! SPOILER ALERT FOR THE 4th-6th BOOK IN THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES !! I hardcore shipped Malec in the first three books, they were an awesome couple, but Magnus just does not deserve Alec in the last 3 books. Alec goes behind his back, doing basically anything that he can so that he can take Magnus’ immortality away from him and they can grow old together. Seriously Alec? If you want to be with Magnus for so long, just turn into a vampire, alright, you already know the secret for how to walk around in the sun, nothing stopping you. Can’t believe Magnus got back together with him. I think Cassandra Clare only got them back together because a huge part of the fanbase is Malec oriented and maybe she would have lost a lot of readers.

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Totally should’ve ended differently

Throwing a random book into the mix, Anatomy of a Misfit. This book is great, it’s a classic opposites attract kind of thing with dark back stories, and I really wanted the couple to get together but then something happened and I wasn’t prepared and I did not want that.

Totally should’ve had a movie franchise

I feel like, if you turn The Wrath and the Dawn into a movie franchise, it could be done really well. The books aren’t that long, that means not a lot can be left out, and I’d be super interested in going to the cinema and watching that movie, it would be so awesome.

Totally should’ve had a TV show

Percy Jackson would be a great TV show. It would be for all ages, it would teach us a lot about greek mythology and obviously they should throw in Heroes of Olympus and Trialls of Apollo as well, so that it would be a bit longer and still with Percy Jackson. Sure, Percy Jackson got 2 movies made, but everyone says they suck, so I feel like they could redo it properly with a TV show, that is not made by Freeform but still with Logan Lerman.

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Totally should’ve had only one point of view

Although I’m never going to get around to finishing this series, not only because this series is really long and super boring, but also because there were so many points of views from so many characters that you get confused and just can’t be bothered to even try to connect who’s who. This series is Inkheart. The first book was good, but it seriously would have been a lot better if it only had one point of view.

Totally should have a cover change

Look, I know that there a lot of worse ones out there, but I’m going with the Lux series. Not the first four books, the last book. Why on earth would you change the covers for the last installment in a series? Honestly, I think the kind of cringeworthy covers the first 3 books (not the fourth, those were some nice abs) had, really matched the tone of the books. Now you’re just gonna go ahead and change the last book in the series, why? Even Shadows, a novella that came out around the same time as the 5th book, has the same kind of cover as the first four books.

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Totally should’ve kept the original covers

I can’t really think of anything beside the Vampire Academy series. I feel like everyone needs maybe a couple of cringeworthy books on their shelves, but I feel like the redo of the VA books were pointless and now you’re bound to mix them up, because they all look the same.

Totally should’ve stopped at book one

I haven’t even read this yet, and I really am not planning on it, although I really liked her past books, and by her I mean Colleen Hoover. Look, I don’t understand the point of writing the exact same book but from the other’s perspective. Slammed, the second part is written from the guys perspective and it’s exactly the same story, and I’m here like, what’s the point? You know, maybe give us a novella about it if you really want to, but writing the same story from a guys perspective, is just so unnecessary. If you want both of their perspectives in a book, just write a duo perspective book in the first place. They’re done really well in contemporary and are highly underrated.

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So yeah, that is it for my take on the Totally Should’ve Book Tag! I had a lot of fun ranting about some books with the occasional wish for more, and I want you guys to give it a go aswell.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella Ashley PostonTitle: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Quirk Books

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Goodreads Summary: Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

After marathoning a series, I felt a book slump coming on and I was scared for my life. I am currently participating in both Booktube-A-Thon and the Biannual Bibliothon, so a book slump is the worst thing that could happen to me, but contemporaries are always here to save the day.

And this contemporary saved the crap out of my day.

It was jam packed with funny jokes, the classic horribleness of the stepmother and the stepsisters and vegan vans.

Immediately it started off great, with a super relatable character for me, a fellow fangirl. There was this huge fangirl aspect to the book, and it made me so happy. But we not only had our main character Elle Wittimer as a huge fangirl for the Starfield series, we also have Darien Freeman as a huge fanboy. I love how we got both sides of the card for them.

The best part about this was how very early in the story they were already intertwining their stories. It wasn’t just a parallel story from both of their perspectives until they’re magical meet at the con, they were already indirectly communicating with each other and being equal geeks about the Starfield series.

It was also a very real representation to how fangirls live, there’s always a huge fandom and committed fangirls with blogs or instagrams dedicated to the series, but in this book there are also the outsiders, the people who don’t understand how someone can obsess so much about a series and how they can have such deep, meaningful feelings for the series.

I recommend this book to everyone, especially all fangirls. This book is so relatable I generally loved everything about it. There wasn’t anything to criticize for me, I loved every moment of this book.

🤗 Rick Riordan Rocks 🤗

The_Hidden_Oracle.jpgListing up my favorite series for a blog post, which I will be posting soon 😉, I obviously put down the Percy Jackson series, because I consider it to be one of the funniest series, if not the funniest series, I’ve ever read. The highlight of his books though, beside the dam scene in The Titan’s Curse, is The Hidden Oracle. And I thought I’d list up the top 5 funniest jokes (including a haiku), in my opinion, from The Hidden Oracle.

P.S. This doesn’t contain any spoilers for the Percy Jackson series so you can continue reading if you haven’t finished it yet (hints at my two friends who I know are reading this and have yet to finish the Percy Jackson series)

  1. ‘I was expecting a tearful welcome or even a small fest.

    Instead he opened the door and said ‘ why?’

  2.  Then I did my usual motivation speech in the mirror: “you are gorgeous and people love you”
  3.  “These woods can’t be that bad” – the woods were that bad
  4.  “Would you please refrain from calling me man? It is a painful reminder that I am a man.”
  5.  Casa de Jackson
    No gold-plated throne for guests
    Seriously, dude?

 

I hope you guys liked this little post I created, because it honestly made me so happy and just look at that amazing fan art piece I found on Pinterest. I clearly wasn’t the only one who found that scene hilarious.

 

What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

what to say next Julie BuxbaumTitle: What to Say Next

Author: Julie Buxbaum

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: July 11th 2017

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

 

Goodreads Summary: Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

There is no book with two characters that are such opposites as these two. They both find each other in their personal hard times in life, during Kits fathers passing and Davids general struggle with the social aspects of school, and this beautiful friendship blossoms.

I believe all contemporaries should be written from a duo perspective. I honestly love it when they are and somehow a lot of the contemporaries that I’ve read recently have been written from a duo perspective and I think that is highly underrated. Usually, you just see the girls point of a view, but with this duo phenomenon you can see what’s going on in both of their heads + if they have dramatic backstories that they are hiding from the other, you automatically know what’s going on.

In this book, the duo perspective was the most amazing thing in the world. Kit and David think so differently from each other and you never felt like their two perspectives could blend together, because that was just impossible. These characters are beautifully fleshed out with completely different back stories and amazingly developed, there’s nothing missing.

Plus, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where someone had Asperger’s. I’ve heard of a few from BookTubers, and Kurt from Isla and the Happily Ever After also had autism, but I think that’s it. And honestly, I am so lucky that this is the first book that I’ve read where someone had Asperger’s. I think it was beautifully done, and I love being in Davids head and seeing how he thinks and seeing his general struggle with understanding human beings but being able to master basically anything else in the world. It was simply amazing.

The one thing that bothered me just a little bit, and it was only at the beginning of the book, is that the story seemed to be going on, but I couldn’t pin point it exactly to any point in time. I didn’t know where they were during the semester and I thought that they were at the beginning of the school year and then all of the sudden its February, because I didn’t know what was going on. But then something occurred in the story and I felt right on track with everything again, so all in all it was fine.

I hope that everyone picks up this book. I definitely recommend it to everyone, plus it has less than 300 pages so you’ll be done with it in an extremely short time. It’s the perfect book if you still want a contemporary, but not the usual contemporary where it’s only focused on their romantic relationship blossoming, this is really a hard-hitting book with depression, but in a slightly lighter tone.

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I’m not sure if this qualifies for a spoiler since, maybe it’s obvious in contemporaries that the boy and girl fall in love or something, but I just wanted to be sure since the friendship is constantly stressed in this book, but the way these two fall in love is the best way to fall in love.

Usually with contemporaries it’s boy-meets-girl, boy-instantly-falls-in-love-with-girl and vice versa, but there’s nothing instant about the love in this book. Since we have the advantage of a duo perspective in this book, we can really tell where they started developing feelings for each other, David hints at liking Kits smell in his mind or Kit feels safer with David and then David realizes what’s happening to him and he can only think about kissing her, it was beautiful. It wasn’t instalove, you really saw them going through all the phases, friendship-crush-confusion-realization-love. And also the love part wasn’t all that easy either, David was confused out of his mind, because love is very new to him and then they had a fight and it wasn’t instantly forgiven or forgotten, they had to work on their relationship afterwards, and that’s the best type of relationship.