Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published May 30th, 2017 by Simon Pulse
My rating: ⭐⭐

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…

I had high expectations for When Dimple Met Rishi and thought for sure I was going to love this book, especially after seeing it hyped up all over You Tube. I'm disappointed, to say the least, it didn't live up to my expectations.

Dimple's parents agree to pay for her to attend a summer coding program because Rishi will be attending the same program. Their parents believe that Dimple and Rishi are compatible and have decided for them to meet. Dimple's parents have never mentioned him, and Rishi is fully aware of the arrangement, but Dimple is not.

Rishi has embraced his Indian culture and their traditions. He is excited to go to the summer program with the intent to meet his future wife. After meeting Rishi, Dimple makes it clear she is not about to get married anytime soon and is against the arranged marriage.

They end up as partners for a competition and fall in love as they start spending more time together. To be honest, I’m not sure what Rishi saw in Dimple, she was mean, rude and very disrespectful to her parents and her Indian traditions. Dimple becomes angry with Rishi because they didn’t win the competition and she blames him for them losing. Dimple breaks off the relationship and doesn’t want to have anything to do with Rishi.  

The story is very predictable and basically a very cliché young adult romance. The only reason why I gave this book two stars was because of Rishi, he was loveable and charming and a hopeless romantic. I was expecting to read more about their Indian culture and arranged marriages. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy it as everybody else seemed to.

Happy Reading -J


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