Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I wanted to love When Dimple Met Rishi. Everyone loves this book. It’s gotten so much hype. Unfortunately, I think that killed it for me. I started the book expecting to be sucked into the story right away, but I had a hard time getting into it. I liked the characters right away, and the premise is so cute, but something about the writing made this book a little hard for me. It almost felt like there were too many words. Maybe it was too literary? I felt like I was wading through all of the description to get to the plot of what was actually happening. It just didn’t flow easily for me.

I heard about this book from other bloggers, but I got really excited to read it when I heard an interview with the author on the podcast 88 Cups of Tea. Sandhya Menon has such an interesting story about how she came to write this book. The publisher was looking for an Indian author to write this story, and they found Sandhya through her agent. Pretty cool, huh?

Anyway, I loved both Dimple and Rishi. Dimple is practical and goal-oriented. She knows what she wants for her future, and she’s going after it, despite what her parents want for her. She is awesome! My kind of girl for sure. Rishi is a romantic. He believes in arranged marriages, and he wants to please his parents. I liked him a lot too. Dimple and Rishi are great for each other. In that respect, this book reminded me of Emmy & Oliver. I love healthy YA romances.

The Insomnia Con that they were attending was pretty amazing as well. Honestly, I could have handled A LOT more nerdy stuff related to the app they were building. This book didn’t get into the meat of their studies enough for me. I loved the talent show stuff and all of the teenage drama, but I wanted more of Dimple and her idea and how they made it happen.

I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t love it. Ya know? But can I just say, this might be my favorite book cover ever! It’s so cute.

Rating: 3 Stars

When Dimple Met Rishi
Sandhya Menon
Young Adult Fiction
Simon and Schuster
May 30, 2017

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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  1. I love the cover so much as well! Even though I loved this book, I enjoyed reading your review and seeing the book through a different perspective. I just stumbled upon your blog, and I greatly enjoy it.

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

    1. Hi, Breeny. Thanks for stopping by! Sorry for the delayed response. I am behind on my comments. I will definitely check out your blog. A general tip is just to make sure you’re writing content that you enjoy writing. Don’t worry too much about followers, just keep blogging for whatever reasons you started doing it. It should be something you enjoy doing, ya know?

  2. Sorry to hear this book didn’t work better for you. It’s happened to me a few times, getting into books with too high hopes because of the hype, only to be disappointed. It does have a cute cover though! It’s on my shelf, I’m wondering whether I’ll enjoy it…
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    1. Yeah, it happens. The cover is SO adorable! Probably one of my favorites ever. It’s a good book. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Just don’t expect it to be the best book ever, and you should be good.

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