When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

28458598All Dimple Shau wants is to be the next big female coder. But her family has a few extra ideas. But soon Dimple will be out of the house and on her way to Stanford, leaving the pressure of finding the I.I.H. (Ideal Indian Husband) behind. The only thing that could make all of this better would be to attend Insomnia Con, an educational summer intensive that would allow her to get a leg up in her up-and-coming college studies, and let her meet her idol, Jenny Lindt. If she won, the benefits would be astronomical to her career, and, maybe, her relatives would finally let go of her finding a life partner at eighteen. Couldn’t be that difficult. Right?

Rishi Patel has always done what his parents have asked of him. With a younger brother who seems to have no respect for their family’s traditions, the last thing he wants to do is disappoint anyone, which is why he doesn’t put up a fight about an arranged marriage. They are both going to the same summer program after all, so they will probably have plenty of time to get to know each other. Not to mention, if she was considered to be a possible match, then she must have the same traditional Indian upbringing as he does. A little love never hurt anybody. She could undeniably be his future wife. Right?

Sandhya Menon shares a contemporary story surrounding the growth from friendship to love and how anything could change with the throw of an iced coffee.

Release Date: May 30, 2017

This was another ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) lent to me by my magnificent English teacher. She told me how much she enjoyed it and, since I wasn’t reading anything seeing as I had just finished the last ARC, I didn’t think it would hurt to pick it up.

It didn’t hurt at all.

I wasn’t in the contemporary mood in the slightest. I didn’t want anything with a grotesque amount of insta-love. Thankfully, there was none of that in here. This novel gave heart to multiple peoples’ opinions and thoughts when going off to college which I will be doing relatively soon, so it was interesting to see how everyone else seems to deal with it.

Furthermore, everyone was real. There wasn’t any sort of cheesy characters that didn’t do anything for the plot or just felt out of place. Each character had a relationship with one character which would then introduce them to another character which would then make them acquaintances with another character, so on and so forth, and isn’t that what college is supposed to be like…? Even the bullies had variety and poked fun at the protagonist for reasons that plenty of people in general are getting bullied for today.

There was also some major references to traditional Indian culture, which I had absolutely no knowledge of. It was interesting for me to look up all these types of foods and words and music videos, and it gave me some real insight into what the protagonists and author grew up with and understood as their heritage. Plus, the cover is super cute…

Overall, When Dimple Met Rishi was charismatic, genuine, informative, and relevant, and  had little bit of love, laughter, and a whole lot of feminism.

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” -Maya Angelou



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