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.
This book was utterly adorable! Ah, I don’t know how I’m going to be able to coherently write out my thoughts because all I’m thinking of at the moment is the heart-eye emoji. I feel like that would suffice, but alas, I shall try to share my thoughts about this gorgeous novel because it’s my goal to make everyone read this book and then we can take over the world and name Sandhya Menon queen. Everything about this book was beautiful — from the characters to the narrative to the friendship and the romance… all of it was simply delightful! When Dimple Met Rishi was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017, and I’m so pleased that it lived up to my high expectations.
One of my favourite aspects about this book was that it was about an arranged marriage, which I haven’t read a lot about! In the few novels that I’ve heard were about arranged marriages, they’re always written about in such a negative way, but it was really great to see how this is a reality for some cultures and that’s it’s not all bad! The parents in this novel were really supportive and lovely, and definitely the opposite of someone selling their firstborn child to Rumpelstiltskin to repay some debt. Yes, sometimes they could be a little intense and I could understand Dimple’s frustration at having the arranged marriage proposal kept secret from her and that her parents expected her to simply find a nice Indian husband, but her parents were honestly lovely people. Hooray for having positive relationships with parents!
Dimple and Rishi were such adorable nerdy munchkins and I loved getting to know both of them. Dimple is super into coding and computers and Rishi, though he denies it, is an amazing comic book artist. How cute is that? They were both so passionate about those things and while it took a little bit of convincing on both their parts, I adored seeing how they were going to be doing amazing things with their lives. Their first encounter was honestly the funniest and most cringe thing ever, but I loved them all the more because of that. And it was great to see how their friendship grew after they decided they weren’t going to get married! Then seeing their friendship grow into something more induced all the swooning. They were just perfect for one another and while they both had their flaws, I couldn’t have wished for a more shippable couple.
Ultimately, When Dimple Met Rishi is perfect for everyone who loves contemporary YA, or is just looking for something that will melt their heart. It was utterly adorable, and I know I’ll be recommending it for quite some time to come. The characters were genuine, Dimple and Rishi’s relationship made me squeal with happiness, and the messages about following your dreams and embracing your identity and culture are things that readers of all ages will be able to connect with. I couldn’t have wished for a more brilliant novel!
Have you read When Dimple Met Rishi yet? Did you love it as much as I did? What other cute books have you read recently? Have you read any other books with arranged marriages in them? I’d love to know!
Thanks to Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Thanks to the lovely CW for allowing me to use her artwork in my header! Check out her art on her Instagram account – it’s amazing.
Starbucks cup used in header sourced from Pinterest.