Title: 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! 🎉