When Dimple Met Rishi – By Sandhya Menon

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

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This is going to be a hard book for me to review, because while I liked parts of it, I also decided not to finish reading it.  I decided to stop reading it because of other things in my life that I found I was taking out on the book, and eventually decided I should just put down the book, and then pick it up again in a year or two.  I think I might simply put this review into a list of things I liked about the book, and things I didn’t like.

Pros: 

  1. Dimple. Dimple herself is a great character, she’s smart, she’s motivated, she wants to work with web development. I mean even her name is great, I love the name Dimple.  For the first bit of the book, I enjoyed her character a lot. Her reaction to Rishi calling her his “future wife” was amazing. I mean who wouldn’t throw coffee on a stranger who wanted to marry you?
  2. Rishi. He was also a great character. I loved that he was on board with the arranged marriage, I loved that he was religious (he says “Gods bless you” in response to a sneeze and then goes on to explain his beliefs) and his romanticism was pretty darned cute.
  3. Culture. I loved all of the details about Indian culture, the food and language. I thought this was pretty cool.

Cons: 

  1. Dimple. After meeting Rishi at the college and then working with him on the project, suddenly Dimple seems to forget why she’s there. All motivation to design her app and win the contest seems to peeter out.  This was frustrating because it seemed contrary to what her character was set out to be. Where went the determined feminist girl I liked in the first few chapters?  When Dimple Met Rishi unfortunately follows the troupe of when a girl meets a guy suddenly all of her life goals mean nothing and all she wants to do is kiss him.
  2. One True Love Troupe. Kill me now. I hate this troupe with a burning passion. And it was honestly the last thing I expected from this book. I’m just so tired of this unrealistic idea that there’s one magical person in the world for you. It’s bullshit and ultimately the reason I stopped reading this book.
  3. Dual POV. If you’ve read my blog for very long you know that I hate POV jumps, and that it frustrates me to no end.

In conclusion When Dimple Met Rishi was simple just “It’s me not you.” I wasn’t in the right head space to read the book. I recommend you read and decide for yourself if you liked it or not. It seemed like it could be a very cute fluffy read, and there are definitely times when we all want to read books like that.  I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads.

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