Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 30th 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.
This book was pretty heckin’ adorkable! It’s been a while since I’ve picked up a contemporary, but I’m glad I finally read this one. This has been on my tbr since it came out and I’ve been putting it off for so long. It was the perfect light read I needed to end my summer and I’m only sorry I didn’t read it sooner!
Dimple and Rishi’s story begins with an arranged marriage gone wrong when Dimple’s parents bribe her with her dream summer program to set her up with a guy. I really enjoyed the positive spin on arranged marriage in this one. Their parents didn’t try to force marriage down their throats, though. It was more like a not-so-innocent set up.
Dimple and Rishi were both Super Nerds and I was loving every minute of them together. Can I just say that iced coffee scene was iconic? I also loved how they pushed each other to follow their dreams as well! Also, I completely died laughing during one part. Like, lost it. I also loved how strong-minded Dimple was. She wasn’t afraid to voice her opinions and stand up for herself and others.
My only bone to pick with this book is the fact that it constantly switched between POVs. Some chapters were one page and then it would suddenly switch. I’m a fan of multiple POV books but it was disorienting.
This story was perfectly predictable in all the right places. It was a whirlwind romance saturated in fluff and while it was light, there were also some serious emotional moments in there as well. I can’t wait to pick up the next books in the series!