Book Review of “When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandhya Menon

Genre: Romance, YA Fiction and Contemporary

Rating: 3/5 ⭐️


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.


My Thoughts (Slight Spoilers)

It was refreshing to read a YA contemporary with American-Indian teens as the lead characters. Both Dimple & Rishi are both different characters but they are also somewhat similar and it was amazing to see them fall in love even though it happened a little too fast.

Rishi was my favorite character in the book because he was such a sweetheart and I just love the way he treated Dimple. I also love how fierce and determined Dimple is. She wasn’t going to let a man get in the way of her dreams.

I wished we got to see more of Dimple’s coding experience but this book was about falling in love and taking control of your own life. The characters that I didn’t like were Hari and Evan because they were sexist and assholes. Celia was okay but I wished we got to see more of her and Dimple being friends than her following the popular crowd.

I’m keeping a close eye on the author’s  future work since I enjoyed this book a lot.


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