- “When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandhya Menon
- Young Adult Contemporary
- Read as an ebook
- 4/5 stars
- Finished October 19, 2017
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.
People could not stop recommending this book to me, so I put it on hold at the library and I had to wait. For months. Meanwhile, my friends were reading it, and reviewing it with so much love that I just couldn’t wait to get it. And then I did.
Man, did I really like this book. I’ve been intentionally trying to read more #ownvoices books and this is one of those that came up. I haven’t been reading as much YA contemporary romance as I have throughout my normal reading life so this kind of caught me off guard (not in a bad way though). I had to put myself back into my YA romance headspace, but once I did, I absolutely adored this book.
Dimple Shah is headed to a summer camp of sorts but based around coding, the prize is getting to work with her idol to turn her idea for an app into something tangible. Rishi Patel is also at this summer camp, except for a totally different reason, his whole life his parents told him when he got older he would be marrying Dimple Shah because they’d arranged a marriage. Rishi decides to go to finally meet his future wife, however, Dimple has absolutely no idea that this arrangement exists. When Dimple finds out, she is not happy.
What follows though is a sweet, lovely story about these two characters and their families. All the characters in this book seemed fleshed out, and it didn’t seem to play on stereotypes for the minor characters and the “bad guys”. Instead, all the characters felt real, and like people I knew. The story followed the typical YA contemporary romance line, but in a really great way. This book really illustrated the distinction of #ownvoices books in my opinion. It’s important for people within a culture to write about that culture, and bring realness to that representation in the world. It’s hard when someone who is not part of that culture to truly write authentically from that perspective, as it isn’t their own.
Overall, this book was very cute and sweet, and I’m so glad I read it.
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