Eeeeeeek! Let’s talk about this book before I combust, shall we?!
Spoiler Free Review
Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Published: Simon Pulse, 2017
(from GR): 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.
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 read is possibly one of the most hyped books this year. I’m sure we can all agree that when this book was first published, it was all anyone – on here, on Booktube – could talk about. That always makes me a little sceptical, but I couldn’t help getting swept away in it all too. After all, it’s true, isn’t it? This is a fantastic read!
Let’s start with the characters, shall we? Dimple and Rishi could be seen as the typical love/hate characters on paper, but in this novel they are so much more than that. I loved learning about each of the characters in their own right, rather than as a couple. They were both so passionate about their dreams and wants, but not in an artificial way like some other YA books. It was nice to see them grow as individuals, as well as venture into the unknown and friends and eventually more.
I loved how big a part their families played in their story. It was refreshing to see a such a strong emphasis on family and family values, as well as it come from a different culture which we rarely see in YA fiction. I feel like I learned a lot from this book – about Indian heritage and culture, but also just about family balance and parents wanting success for their children.
I really loved the fact that web development was a main strand in this novel. It made the story more ‘real’ in a sense, keeping it current, whilst also allowing you to see how this type of activity can attract – and should have – both women and men interested. Having the plot centred around a competition gave this book and interesting edge and kept the plot moving along nicely. There was never a moment where I was bored. I was rooting for these characters to come into their own, to achieve what they wanted and garner success.
But for me, the main draw into this story was Dimple and Rishi’s interactions with one another. How they bounced off of one another so sweetly, how they both started to genuinely care for one another. How lovely and real everything about their love story seemed – from the title, it could have quite easily been a cheesy romance, over-hyping everything with rom-com-esque plotlines and dialogue. But Menon chose another path, and that was exactly right for Dimple and Rishi’s story.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars!
Definitely a favourite read of mine in the last few months! If you haven’t given this book a try yet, pick it up before summer is completely over. It’s the most lovely companion for a sunny day.