This is our life. We get to decide the rules. We get to say what goes and what stays, what matters and what doesn’t.
Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Page Count: 380 pages
Genre: Contemporary // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★ .5
Publisher: Simon Teen, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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 way.
What a cute contemporary! I read this one in a single sitting because it was just so darn cute! Although it was pretty predictable and cliché it was a fun summer read. I know lots of teens will relate to it which is the most important theme of all.
I’d like to thank the author for spending some time to explain what it feels like for an immigrant child to grow up in a North American world. Having parents who have gone through so much for their children really changes a child’s perspective. Those who have not grown up in such a household should know that those people who come to a completely foreign country must learn a new language, new customs, new traditions and try to raise a child with both sets of values. It is probably the most heroic thing they have ever done.