Author: Sandhya Menon
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary Fiction
Published By: Simon Pulse
*my rating is at end of the blog*
When Dimple Met Rishi is told from the perspective of both Dimple and Rishi, two college bound kids of Indian ethnicity with intense ambition and creativity.
Dimple is a headstrong young women with a knack for coding. Although her mother is determined for her wear make-up, grow her hair out and find the I.I.H. (Ideal Indian Husband), her father is much more laid back and just wants Dimple to be happy. She is THRILLED when her parents allow her to participate in Insomnia Con, a 6-week app development competition in San Francisco. Dimple knows she has the skill and determination to win and possibly make her app come to life. What she doesn’t know is that her mom has a hidden motive in allowing her to go…
Rishi is a hardworking young man who only wants to please his parents. His dad is a successful CEO and is proud that Rishi plans to attend MIT in the fall to study engineering. Rishi doesn’t go to Insomnia Con to develop an app, he goes to meet his future wife, Dimple. What he doesn’t know, is that Dimple has no idea about arranged marriage set up by their parents.
What I Liked:
When Dimple Met Rishi was exactly what I hoped it would be: charming and uplifting. I enjoyed learning about Indian culture and how it fits into starting college, leaving home and the progressive change in times.
The romance is innocent yet captivating. The love that sparks between them is so pure and natural; you can’t help but smile while reading. The cultural and romantic details are all intertwined into a story about starting college, both the freedom and the struggles. Rishi and Dimple experience dorm life, making friends, making enemies, the struggle to stand out and building a career. The problems that arise in the story are very real and I could definitely relate.
It’s a feel-good story; the stresses are light. I recommend reading it when you need an easy pick me up.
What I Didn’t Like:
I didn’t particularly like the way the sex was depicted. I understand that it is a Young Adult novel, but it seemed like a neglected aspect of the book. Coming from an Indian background, it should have been a bigger deal that they were having sex so early, especially when they weren’t even sure if they were going to continue dating after Insomnia Con, when Rishi moves all the way across the country. They hadn’t even met each others families!
Furthermore, I felt like the passionate and dedicated young version of Dimple fizzled when she fell for Rishi. Although her passion came through in bits and pieces, the story turned from a ‘coming of age’ story to a love story pretty quickly.
My Next Read:
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin (a Game of Thrones prequel)