When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Series: Dimple and Rishi #1
Published by Simon Pulse
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Young Adult
Read in: May 2021
Source: Personal Collection
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Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family—and 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—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 gravitating 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. - via GoodReads
I pulled a TBR prompt to read a young adult contemporary. I’m trying to read more from my own TBR and between the TBR prompt and Summer of Love it seemed like a great time to pick up When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but I felt like I had heard a lot of great praise for Dimple when it first released. I had higher than normal expectations for When Dimple Met Rishi before I started reading. Honestly, I really enjoyed the story. I also liked that it was being told by both Dimple and Rishi.
The inclusion of Indian culture was particularly wonderful for me. I didn’t have a lot of exposure to different cultures growing up. It makes me appreciative to learn about different cultures.
The relationship between Dimple and her mother was something special to watch. I’m a sucker for relationships with family members where it is a prickly relationship but when it matters the relationship is solid.
I have to admit to being frustrated with Dimple during times in the book. While I can understand what she was thinking, I couldn’t agree with her. Dimple and Rishi’s relationship isn’t easy but it was fun to watch the ups and the downs. I liked Rishi and could identify with his personality more.
I really enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and I’ll probably be continuing the series!