REVIEW: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
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.
“Rishi smiled again, but fully this time, unrestrained. It was like watching the sun rise, Dimple thought, or the streetlights come on at dusk. Gradual, powerful, brilliant, in a way.”
I first heard of this book on Twitter as there was a lot of pre-release talk about it so I requested an eARC without knowing much more than that it was a rom-com based on an arranged marriage. I fell in love with the story and characters immediately and pre-ordered the hardcover for my collection before I’d even finished reading. It turned out to be a super adorable YA contemporary love story and one of those books I’ll re-read each summer. I can’t gush about this book enough!
“I feel like I need to speak out, because if no one speaks out, if no one says, this is me, this is what I believe in and this is why I’m different, and this is why that’s okay, then what’s the point? What’s the point of living in this beautiful, great melting pot where everyone can dare to be anything they want to be?”
Sometimes you need a reminder that the world can be a good place and this book did that for me. I fell in love with the humour of Sandhya’s writing, and the opposites attract nature of Dimple and Rishi’s relationship. Dimple and Rishi are incredible characters – intelligent, funny, and so cute together. It was refreshing to read about a girl being focused on her career and aspirations in the traditionally male-dominated world of coding. And, of course, I fell in love with Rishi! He was adorable, very passionate and the perfect foil to Dimple. The love story between them was nuanced and believable, with each making the other a better person and helping them achieve their goals.
“You’ve made me braver. It’s like you have this paintbrush, dipped in brillaint mauves and teals and golds, and you just totally redid my monochromatic life.”
It was amazing to read about two Indian-American characters as they so rarely feature as the sole focus of a story. Hopefully now that When Dimple Met Rishi has become a bestseller, publishers will recognise how popular, wanted, and essential these stories are. If this is Sandhya’s debut novel, I can’t wait to see what she writes next and I’ll be pre-ordering without a second thought.
This is a super adorable romance that makes perfect summer reading!
| About the Author
Author of light, bright, diverse YA. Hiding behind my coffee cup, eavesdropping on your conversations.
I currently live in Colorado, where I’m on a mission to (gently) coerce my husband, son, and daughter to watch all 3,221 Bollywood movies I claim as my favorite. Also, I love my cat a little too much, as you can probably tell.