Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: May 30th, 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, YA
My Rating: 3.75
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.
I picked up this book because I kept seeing it all over the blog world and it was the Septemeber book club book for the HPA Apparating Library. I figured if the HPA likes it, this is a good choice.
I found this book so cute. Dimple was incredibly relatable. She’s a fresh high school graduate off to Standford in the fall. [side note– is it just me or are a lot of YA characters heading off to Standford recently?] She doesn’t want to do what her parents want, she wants to live her own life. Rishi has a more traditional view of things. He takes his role as a first born son seriously.
I don’t know much about Indian culture. All I know is what I’ve read in books and seen in documentaries about first generation Americans. However, without feeling like I now know all there is to know about Indian culture, I did find that this book explained things that I didn’t understand well without making me feel completely lost or underinformed. I liked how Dimple and Rishi’s family life was spun into the story. In many YA novels, parents are not involved and don’t seem to exist for the most part. This novel creates whole characters for the parents, which adds a richness to the story.
I did feel like some of the storylines fell short. I would have like to either know more about Celia or just have her as a side character. It felt like her story was half finished. I also found myself wanting to know more about Insomnia Con. To me, it felt like everything else in the story started to fall away when things between Dimple and Rishi started to heat up. I wanted to know about Dimple’s app and more about the process of creating it, but we didn’t really get it. To me, it just felt like some of the storylines weren’t written to their full potential; there were pieces outside of the romance that could have woven in.
This was one book where the double POV worked for me. It didn’t give spoilers but gave enough of what each character was thinking about different scenes. I liked how it changed several times during a chapter, but it didn’t disrupt the flow of the writing.
Overall, I found this book so cute and fun quick read. Completely worth picking up if you haven’t yet!
Have you read When Dimple met Rishi? What did you think?
Until next time Internet,