Publisher : Simon & Schuster
Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary
Page Count : 320
Synopsis : 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 received an eArc of this book from the publishers through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review*
You know what I did when I first heard of a “Modern day, contemporary YA arranged marriage story”? I SCREAMED. Yes, I screamed. Because that’s how bad I needed this positive representation in contrast with what we usually get about how it’s always “forced”. The blurb says : “A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy” and heck yes it is, I haven’t laughed this much reading a book in a very long time, and this was all around cute, fluffy and heartwarming so I couldn’t help but adore it.
As I was saying, When Dimple Met Rishi is a rom-com with beautiful, dreamy, quick witted writing that grips your attention and turns everything around you shiny and new. It is written in dual POV from both our main characters’ sides which was really refreshing as we got to see how feelings progressed on both sides at the same time, how they expressed them and how the other responded to them. And that’s something we don’t often get to see and I really loved it.
The only thing that made me decide not to give this book a full 5 stars (because I otherwise fell in love with the story, writing, characters, etc…) is how towards the end Dimple was very down and sad, which the author used the word “depressed” more than once to describe in dialogue, and that really didn’t sit well with me, as she wasn’t really depressed, she was just nursing a broken heart.
So, the story starts with the funniest scene I have ever read with Rishi creeping the hell out of Dimple who starts hating him right away. Rightfully. That being said, as the story progresses, she calms down and realizes how he isn’t a creep and that he is in fact nice and sweet (please, find me a 22 years old Rishi, thanks) they strike up an amazing friendship because of how comfortable they are with each other and how effortless their chemistry and banter are.
I really liked how there was a swap of “gender norms” (which is a bunch of nonsense but that’s a discussion for another day). Dimple is into coding and techy stuff I understand zero about, while Rishi is an artist at heart, loves drawing comics and is REALLY good at it. What made it extra special is that for the project, not one of them was useless, they combined both their passions to make an amazing app.
Dimple and Rishi could not be more different, but they somehow compliment each other and make for an amazingly adorable couple that I couldn’t stop rooting for. Dimple is very rational, down to earth and can come off as overly selfish and ambitious -which she feels like she has to do to break that stereotype of “you’re a girl so sit pretty”, so to get out of that mold she refuses to give romance a chance and isn’t interested in getting married. She’s very intense about everything but she’s also very funny and loving.
Rishi I could honestly write an essay about. That boy has my heart. He is so unapologetically himself while being very honorable and serious about the whole marriage deal. He’s a hopelessly romantic dork, very gentle and awkwardly cute. SO SO very cheesy and goofy, he did everything he could to make Dimple happy and comfortable and felt very protective of her.
One thing that I deeply appreciated is how through both perspectives, the author addressed different ways diaspora kids feel about their roots. While Dimple felt very fish out of water in India and detached from everything that has to do with customs and traditions because it “just isn’t her”, Rishi is so very attached to his relatives in India and is adamant on respecting his parents’ wishes by doing everything by the book and you could feel while reading from his perspective that it’s not only for his parents but it’s for him too.
All in all, as you may have noticed, I have a weak spot for romantic comedies and fell head over heels for this one because of its positive representation, wonderful writing and laugh out loud moments. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a fluffy read.
That’s it until next time.
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