Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: May 30th 2017
Genres: Diversity & Multicultural, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Themes, Young Adult Fiction
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.
WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI started off well with humor and quirky characters – it’s a fun romance but one that I felt lost its way a little.
When we are first introduced to Dimple and Rishi, they are given unique backstories and personalities that made them stand out and be memorable. They are a little nerdy and have some interesting qualities, but unfortunately, I feel like they lost that uniqueness as the book progressed.
Rishi lasted as a naive, good-natured friendly guy for maybe a hundred pages before he became a charismatic and protective love interest. Their hobbies, coding and drawing, respectively, were a major part of them but were sort of pushed off to the side in favor of the romance, which slowed down the book and took over the plot.
There was an effort to establish a few side plots but they were not well fleshed out, making them seem sort of random and thrown in. The other events in the book were fairly predictable, but it is realistic in terms of culture and diversity, which was a huge plus.
Overall, I did end up caring about Dimple and Rishi a lot, and I really wanted to see them succeed. The message of the book is a good one and it is an enjoyable read if you like similar romances.