by Sandhya Menon
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 30, 2017)
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A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
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.
I don't normally read that many contemporaries, but there was just something about this adorable cover that made me dive in as soon as it showed up on my doorstep. WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI is nothing less than completely adorable. So many sweet moments that I lost count. I loved getting a glimpse into Dimple and Rishi's family lives, and the way that they both embraced and pushed against their parents' traditions and expectations. Rishi is quite possibly the sweetest, most adorable human on the planet. I absolutely loved him! There were moments that I thought Dimple was a little judgmental, both about her parents, and about one of the other girls in the program. But I do think, in the end, she learned a lot about herself, and the people around her. Rishi and Dimple pushed each other to be the best versions of themselves, and I loved reading every moment.
If you're looking for an incredibly sweet YA romance, I definitely recommend diving into WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI!