Published – May 30th 2017
Genre – Young-Adult Fiction
Summary – 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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When Dimple Met Rishi was one of the most anticipated books of my summer (via my 2017 Summer List)
Dimple and Rishi, both teens of Indian families, are “arranged” to marry by their parents. Rishi is okay with getting to know Dimple as a potential wife. Dimple, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with a relationship.
They both have signed up for the same coding camp.
So clearly this book is about the (inevitable?) relationship.
But even though I knew that, I don’t think I was prepared for the YA gushy-ness that was to come.
Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book. The characters were well written and I did like the plot line.
It was a really cute young adult book.
When I was recording my book review video, I don’t think I had much bad to say. And I really don’t. Honestly, I go into every book WANTING to love it.
And although I did like When Dimple Met Rishi, that was about it for me.
I don’t believe I’ve read a book about a teen “arranged” marriage before. And I liked reading about the characters hanging out and getting to know each other. Plus, there was family, friendships, and competition thrown into the mix.
But I wouldn’t suggest this book for anyone who wants anything deeper in any one of these elements. (Personally, I would have liked a bit more in the storyline.)
I fee like people who loved Anna and the French Kiss would like this book, and vice-versa. They seem one-in-the-same to me.
In case you were too lazy to read all that.. 🙂
When Dimple Met Rishi is your cute young adult book – nothing more, nothing less.