When Dimple met Rishi – Sandhya Menon

I received this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

The date this book will be published is May 30th 2017

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.

Goodreads rating: ✮✮✮✮ (4.32 stars)

My rating: ✮✮✮✮ (4.5 stars)


I loved this book so much, and is the most diverse book I have read this year so far. Dimple and Rishi are the cutest pair, and I have been wanting to review this book even before I had finished.

Dimple is going to study coding at Stanford, and wants to take part in the SFSU coding programme over the summer before she starts University. She is such a fierce character, and has to deal with her parents’ expectations as well as societal expectations for a young Indian girl. Dimple doesn’t let anything get in her way, and she decides to do whatever it takes to get her into her dream career. Dimple believes that she doesn’t belong living in India or America.

Rishi is the complete opposite to Dimple. Rishi wants to do everything he can do to make his parents proud. He wants to be the ideal Indian son, even if it means sacrificing his dreams to please his parents. Rishi does whatever he can to please Dimple and win her heart, and he acts like a true gentleman when it comes to them taking their relationship further. Rishi realises though, that he can accomplish his dream and please his parents, like Dimple when she decides she can have her dream career and a relationship that her parents would approve of.

Celia is BISEXUAL. There was Bollywood dancing. There was Southern Indian language, without translations at times. Jenny Lindt acknowledges her privelege and wants to do whatever she can to make sure everything becomes more diverse.

I just loved this book so much. It was incredibly diverse and has made me much more aware of other cultures. Plus I would love to go to San Francisco and go to that book and bar place.


You can find this book on goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28458598-when-dimple-met-rishi?ac=1&from_search=true

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