When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
First published May 30th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, YA, Romance
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Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.
He’s rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she’s got other plans…
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.
Told from the dual perspectives of two Indian American protagonists, Dimple is fighting her family traditions while Rishi couldn’t be happier to follow in the footsteps of his parents. Could sparks fly between this odd couple, or is this matchmaking attempt doomed to fail?
I started this book just liking it. It was cute and I wanted to know more about the culture, the characters were interesting and I wanted to understand them. Also, the writing had a way of gripping me.
After 1/3 of the way, I couldn’t put it down and had to finish it. I freaking loved this book. It left me red, blotchy and my eyes were swollen (sorry for the image…). I couldn’t stop crying for the life of me… I was a mess! But I couldn’t stop turning pages even tho we could see the end miles away! I loved this so much. It was such a cute and thrilling read with amazing characters that I want to read about more and more!
It’s true that I was expecting a bit of a different story tho. The marriage aspect kind of dies right in the beginning, and I suspect that not every Indian girl/boy is that lucky. So I did want to see a bit more about that and it didn’t have much. Also, after that went away since Dimple was so focused on her project and winning it, I was expecting more tension there, but that also didn’t happen…
Basically, this book is about Dimple and Rishi falling for each other and helping and supporting each other. They had one of the best relationships ever, and I’m not even talking about dating, just about the connection that existed between them. They were just perfect for each other. They just understood what the other wanted/needed so well. You know when you know a person for a very small amount of time and yet you feel like you’ve known her all your life? That’s basically this novel. I loved to see the interaction, love, and sometimes even shock.
Dimple was such a strong female character! She always went for what she truly wanted in her life. I didn’t feel like she was selfish. I just felt that she was head-strong and she knew what was best for her life. She knew herself and her worth. Of course, she is still only 18 years old and after all, human. So she did make some annoying mistakes… But I could definitely understand her, although I loved Rishi and hated to see him so broken, he kinda needed that push.
Rishi is without a doubt the best male character ever. He is the sweetest most perfect thing I ever met and I wonder if there’s any Rishis in the world. For sure I doubt there’s many. He did everything for who he loved. I also really liked how along the novel he grew up and so things differently not only about himself and his desires but also about his brother. Because I loved Ashish! (I’m so excited for the book featuring him! SO EXCITED!)
I also really loved how much they loved their parents, and although they showed it in a very different way, I could feel how important family was to them.
And of course, the writing was also on point. It was easy to read and extremely gripping and emotional. In some parts it actually got me snorting, so I definitely loved it! It’s hard to believe this was a debut novel.
It was heartwarming perfectness and I would definitely recommend it! It’s such a cute romance and I loved the Indian aspect to it! It’s cute and emotional and it will make you cry A LOT. Worth it.
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