By Sandhya Menon
Series: Dimple and Rishi #1
Source Borrowed ARC
Published by Simon Pulse
on May 30, 2017
Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:
A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
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 was so excited to read this book! I’d heard such good things about it and it was getting lots of buzz. So I was thrilled when a friend gave me her ARC to read!
When Dimple Met Rishi was so fun to read! I loved the characters. I loved Rishi’s optimism and earnestness, contrasted with Dimple’s sarcasm. They were such opposites in many ways, but maybe that’s why they were such a good match.
I loved the romance, going from the idea of an arranged marriage to being completely ruled out to falling in love! It was so adorable! And I loved reading about Dimple and Rishi’s families and backgrounds, and reading about Bollywood films. I also loved that they were working on building an app. I think this is the second book I’ve read this year (the other is Romancing the Throne) that had a female character talking about coding and web development and building apps, and I just thought it was so interesting.
This book definitely lived up to my expectations and I’ve already purchased a finished copy! Recommended!