Tuesday, January 30, 2018

When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 30, 2017)
  • Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Book description
The rom-com everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.
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:

This was a cute rom-com about an arranged marriage between two Indian-American teens. Dimple wants nothing to do with guys, and especially not the one her parents arranged for her to marry. Instead, she wants to focus on attending college and later having a big, exciting career.

Rishi, on the other hand, is a dutiful son who finds comfort in traditions, down to choosing a (safe and boring) engineering career that his family would approve of, and approving of the girl his family chose for him to marry.

After a very cute meet, they become partners in a web-development project. Not much is said about the project, which would probably be boring anyway. Instead we see plenty of fun dates where they get to know each other better and fall in love.

True to every romance, their growing love for each other causes each to risk change and become a better person. Rishi is able to let go of being quite so much the dutiful son and grab on to becoming a Manga artist, which is what he truly desires instead of being an engineer. Dimple is able to see that there could be far more to life than sitting at a computer designing websites all day every day.

Have you read this book? What did you like best about it? Anything you didn't like?

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