When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

Book - 2017
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When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents' obsession with "marriage prospects" but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2017
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781481478687
Branch Call Number: YA MENON
Characteristics: 380 pages ; 22 cm


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Dimple is surprised her strict parents allow her to go to a tech conference, until she meets Rishi, the young man they have arranged to be her husband.

A romantic comedy told from the
perspectives of two Indian-American teens
whose parents have arranged their
marriage. One tries to distance herself; the
other to woo his intended during a summer
program they are attending together.

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Aug 21, 2019

To Dimple Shah's surprise, her parents allow her to attend a summer coding program in San Francisco that she's always dreamed of attending. But what she doesn't know is that her parents have arranged for her 'future husband', Rishi Patel, to attend the same program. When they meet, they realize they're each other's complete opposite in every way. However, as they spend more time together and get to know one another, they fall for each other and realize what love really is.

2/5 : Many people give this book shit for being poorly execute, while many others praise this book for being a cute summer love story. This book, to me, falls in the middle. The beginning had a promising setup and it was, at first, a lighthearted summer romance story. Then about two thirds of the way in, the characters and the plot were completely different from what I read in the synopsis. This simply wasn't what I expected. The writing was cheesy and overall I would not recommend.

I was sold on the first chapter at first. I thought Dimple was this headstrong, ambitious girl that was ready to finally showcase her hard work and prove to her parents what she was capable of. It was a promising setup for a YA romance. But... when Dimple and Rishi immediately found out about their arranged marriage, (and while I appreciate they didn't dance around the whole 'arranged marriage' thing for the whole novel) part of me was disappointed because all of that tension immediately dissolved. I thought this book would embrace the arranged marriage concept more, but after they found out it wasn't all that special and read like any other YA romance. Dimple's character was inconsistent, however I really like Rishi because he seems like someone I would be friends with in real life. Anyway, this book fell flat when the talent show arc came around. It made absolutely no sense why a coding camp, filled with web developers, would host a talent show in the middle of their program. Also, Ashish and Celia's subplot thing was so stupid. The ending felt forced, like they were forced to get back together after that really unclear break up. However, I appreciate the diversity in this book. I liked how Rishi's values were deeply rooted in his culture, representing more traditional/eastern values oppose to Dimple's modern/western values. It's not something you find in most YA books. I really like how he was rooted in his parent's values and honoring his family.... but then he kind of threw it all away?!? It's not that I disapprove of him going to art school, rather...to me, it felt like he suddenly changed all of his values and morals because Dimple called him a 'coward', because Dimple made him feel like his values are wrong (which is a whole other debate I'm not commenting on). And after reading from such a traditional perspective for 300 pages... it was disappointing to see it all thrown away in.

What I Take From This: Live your own life. Don't worry about following accidentally living the wrong life or about only living the life you've planned for; just life your own life. It's yours. Follow your passion. Also, good diversity and representation in YA is important.

Jun 11, 2019

Very lukewarm romance

May 18, 2019


Sep 06, 2018

4 Stars - I recommend if you are looking for a contemporary read with diverse voices and endearing characters. I particularly loved the commentary on the "American Dream" and how the characters found their places within that.

This novel follows Dimple, a Indian girl who has just graduated from high school. She's been accepted to Stanford and cannot wait to start her life in web design. She's shocked that her parents are letting her go to Stanford, and even more so when they agree to let her go to a summer coding camp at SFSU. Rishi is the oldest son in his family, he's traditional, a romantic, a pragmatist, and so ready to meet his "future wife", Dimple. When he shows up at coding camp and tells her as much, she throws iced coffee in his face. When they're paired together for the coding project they'll challenge each other's ideas of tradition and bravery.

I just loved this book! I loved that this book had main characters from a culture different than my own and gave more representation to POC in the YA genre. I loved the balance between Indian family tradition and the American dream. It was so fun to read these characters and watch them learn from one another. I also loved that Dimple was into tech, and Rishi was into art. I feel like this book does a really nice job of challenging traditional cultural, societal, religious, gender, etc. etc. roles in a very thoughtful way. I loved reading Rishi's commentary on beliefs and religion, when asked why he says, "Oh my gods" instead of "Oh my god". (long quote, but I loved it):

"This is how it works in the US: In the spring we are constantly subjected to bunnies and eggs wherever we go, signifying Christ's resurrection. Then right around October we begin to see pine trees and nativity scenes and laughing fat white men everywhere. Christian iconography is all over the place, constantly in our faces, even in casual conversation. This is the bible of comic book artists...He had a come to Jesus moment, all of that stuff. So this is my way of saying, Hey, maybe I believe something a little different. And every time someone asks me why 'gods,' I get to explain Hinduism."

This is the one that really got me though:

"I feel like I need to speak out, because if no one speaks out, if no one says, This is me, this is what I believe in, and this is why I'm different, and this is why that's okay, then what's the point? What's the point of living in this beautiful, great melting pot where everyone can dare to be anything they want to be?"

Wow, right?! What a statement, what a truth. I've felt that way so much (in the past year especially), when did America stop being proud that we are a "great melting pot, where everyone can dare to be anything they want to be"? I'm still proud. That's the America I believe in, so to read it put into words so well had my heart beaming. Thank you, Sandhya Menon.

My only complaint was that I wish there was a bit more explanation on the phrases and words that were in Hindi. Sometimes they were translated, sometimes I could get the gist, but I wanted to know what they meant all the way through the book. I'm just like that. I'm the one who always wants to translate everything, and use all the footnotes, etc. I did however, appreciate that she used Hindi. It really made it feel authentic to hear these families and characters speaking in a Hindi-English hybrid. I also appreciated the author's colorful phrasing, "Aberzombie" and "Douche Nozzle" were particularly delightful. LOL

Aug 16, 2018

Really cute and fluffy! made me a cry a little

Jul 05, 2018

Boring. I find myself unable to finish it.

Jun 27, 2018

Usually I'm the type for a cheesy romance novel, but I can't say I loved this book. In the beginning I really liked Dimple. However, as the plot progressed she just felt more, and more judgemental instead of the strong woman she claims to be. She continuously judges the only other two girl characters solely by their appearance and wants everything HER way. Rishi on the other hand was just too vanilla and fell in love with Dimple so fast my head didn't even have time to spin. I just couldn't find myself cheering for them. My perfect ending would have been Celia ending up winning with Evan (who would end up being a good guy), and Dimple accepting losing to people who's project was honestly better in comparison. Instead, the ending we received was Dimple being petty for losing, even though the book hardly ever mentions her working on it! I definitely support diversity in books, but this just doesn't do it justice. 2 Stars. @Ruby_Tuesday of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

I would definitely recommend the book "When Dimple Met Rishi". This heartwarming, funny and romantic book takes readers to a real-world experience while still allowing us to know the world better, to change our perspectives and to get us out of our comfort zones without really moving. The book will still be enjoyable to someone who is not originating from India. This book will take you on a roller coaster of love, excitement, and fun, all while relating to the characters a little more with each situation. Readers will learn to open up to new experiences and cultures, all while reading this amazing book! I enjoyed learning something new about the Indian culture! Readers will leave this novel with a huge desire to learn more and to, especially, watch more Bollywood movies. I think this story would be enjoyable for Indian readers and non-Indian readers alike. There's so much to love about the way this culture is presented. Overall, this book was fantastic. It made me laugh, it made me happy and it made me emotional. I'm really thankful I experienced this awesome thrill! Rating: 5/5
- @EMBookWorm14 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

This charming and interesting book centers around tradition, cultural norms, and typical teenage angst as two young Indian adults are “nudged” towards falling in love. Rishi knows what he wants, and in many ways, he is a hopeless romantic who is very open to love. On the other hand, Dimple is still trying to find herself and develop her interests without her parents barging in. This leads to many ups and downs as Dimple and Rishi attend the same summer program and begin to get to know each other. This book is full of awkward and cute moments that will either resonate with you or cause you to look at things in a new perspective. I would rate this book 4/5 stars and recommend it to those who love cheesy romance novels.
- @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This book is extremely adorable. I 100% loved this book. I was reading a lot of sad stories lately, and not gonna lie I didn’t really like this fiction. But I love this book so much, one of my favourites now. It's cute, funny, and romantic. Dimple and Rishi are two people who were arranged to be married some time in the future by their parents. But Dimple wasn't aware. Rishi is, well, aware and on board. He sees her sitting drinking star bucks, comes up to her and says “hey future wife” she throws her coffee at him and thinks he’s a creep. The story continues as they start to fall in love with each other, and get away from their Indian traditions. IT IS an extremely cute story. Rating: 11/10 (10/10)
- @Book_Hero of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeSusanW Jun 06, 2018

I thought I'd like this book more than I did, since I've enjoyed many Indian writers and there are some able ones out there writing for teens, including Kavita Daswani, one of my favorites. Plus as a bonus, Menon is local and I wanted to lend support. "When Dimple Met Rishi" is a sweet love story but not much more to it.

May 29, 2018

An adorable love story ... cute without being unbearably cheesy; laugh out loud funny and heavy on the girl power. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a lighthearted read.

DBRL_DanaS Apr 30, 2018

Romance books (especially teen ones) aren't usually my jam, but I'm glad I picked this one up for task 10 of the Read Harder Challenge: a romance by/about a person of color. Both Dimple and Rishi are likable and relatable characters, with a cute love story minus any excessive teen angst.

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Jan 28, 2019

Sexual Content: The two main characters have sex and other teens talk about having "hooked up". There's a good amount of kissing. I mean, it is a romance.


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