Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Synopsis: 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?
The case with this book is quite simply that I am not the audience for this; YA contemporaries without hard hitting subjects to explore are incredibly boring to me and trivial. It would be unfair for me to read these because the ones who will read and enjoy it would be teens.
Our book follows Dimple, she comes from a traditional Indian-American family but she’s modern, she doesn’t want to conform to norm, she wants to study web coding and she’s desperate to make her own life away from her parents. Then there’s Rishi, son of a rich Indian-American family, always follows his parents wishes and tries to be the best Indian son possible. They have picked a bride for him and that bride is Dimple who has no clue her parents have set her up. And so the story starts pretty quickly with Rishi going off to meet Dimple and Dimple basically not having it. This is basically a Bollywood film in book form, if you love those you might love this 🙂
The problem with this story for me is that it was incredibly predictable; sure enough Rishi begins getting under Dimple’s skin and he’s so cute and slowly by slowly but then suddenly fast they’re together and making plans for the future. It is CUTE, incredibly cute, if you’re a teen you might even absolutely adore it and it’ll be the best book ever. So I would recommend it for younger audiences but I do not think it translates well to the adult palette.