When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

Book - 2017
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When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents' obsession with "marriage prospects" but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him.
Publisher: New York :, Simon Pulse,, 2017.
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781481478687
Characteristics: 380 pages ;,22 cm


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Feb 07, 2018

Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes! What a positive and healthy portrayed relationship!

Can we start with the fact that there is a relationship where two people SUPPORT each other by pushing one another and encouraging their dreams and pursuits? They challenge each other and listen to each other and it's flippin beautiful.

Also, they talked about sex! In a positive, healthy way. They actually discussed whether they were ready and their feelings. And it wasn't the stereotypical "boy wants sex and girl is not ready". It was actually flipped! The girl was pursuing her sexuality, and not in a slutty way, and Rishi wasn't ready. He was man enough to tell her and she was woman enough to listen, but still ask for what she wanted. It was beautiful! I was shouting with happiness in my car when I was listening to the audiobook (which was great by the way).

Finally, there were actual family relationships! The tension between Dimple and her parents and Rishi and his, along with his brother, were realistic and important to the plot! They rounded out the characters and dealt with relatable issues while tying in the culture of the characters.

Now after all my raving about how happy I was with this book, the ONLY reason it wasn't five stars was the fact that despite the slow development of the relationship, I still feel like it happened very fast and the hated the whole "run to catch each other, airport-style" ending scene. But man! I loved this book. What a great new contemporary. I can't wait for From Twinkle, With Love!

ginafeil Feb 04, 2018

New York Times and national Indie bestseller, Sandhya Menon tells a modern story of how two Indian American teens feel about the idea of having their parents arrange their marriages, especially since the teens have opposing views on love & marriage, fate, and tradition.

Nov 15, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the spirited characters and plot. The presentation of Indian culture was wonderful. However, as an American Indian, I would like to clarify that not all of us have arranged marriages or misogynist mothers. The Indian mothers I know are very inspiring for their daughters. They work in corporate jobs and support their daughters to do the same.

Really loved the story though. Dimple reminds me so much of myself and Rishi is such a lovable character!

SmallButMighty91 Nov 08, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. As a novel that doesn't stray too far from the YA romance tropes it relies on, it managed to buck some of those stereotypes (e.g. broken family, dark and brooding male lead, helpless woman, etc.) that make modern readers roll their eyes. It also showcases the Indian-American culture of the two main characters with a lot of respect and grace, which I appreciate. I want a movie!

Sep 05, 2017

Enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. Great story. Ended up loving the characters as the story went on. Loved the moments with their families. It was a nice read. Very happy so many people told me I should read this.

Aug 28, 2017

Really enjoyed this... quick and fun read

archreads Jul 18, 2017

This novel follows 2 Indian-American teens the summer before college. Charming , fun read.

Jun 25, 2017

Super charming romantic comedy about two Indian-American teenagers. I loved Rishi, and I appreciated how complex Dimple was. The story was modern, cute, and insightful--my favorite part was learning how Dimple and Rishi felt both within and without American culture and Indian culture, and the possibility of finding a sense of belonging in each other. Their struggles may not be universal but they were totally relatable. I had a few minor squabbles (the talent show seemed weird, and parts of the relationship felt rushed), but I still enthusiastically recommend it.

samcmar May 05, 2017

Ever since I saw the cover for When Dimple Met Rishi, I knew I wanted to read this book. When I read the synopsis, I knew I wanted to read this book. I had this book super hyped in my head, which is why I think I put off reading it for as long as I did. However, this book didn't disappoint me! I laughed, I cried, I had many, many feelings throughout the course of it, and I feel like Sandhya Menon is going to be an author watch now.

I loved Dimple from page one. She's one of those characters with a lot of conviction and determination. She sees herself as a very independent young woman with goals that don't include marriage right off the bat. Her family wants her to be happy, so they arrange for her to meet with Rishi, a young Indian boy who is on his way to MIT, but has a secret passion for comic book writing.

Both protagonists have strong visions of where they want to be in their lives, but they both also struggle with their family values. It's part of why I loved the story so much is that both Dimple and Rishi's troubles felt very raw and real, and Menon gives the reader so much context to what it's like to be a young Indian-American trying to both love and value yourself, but also respect the wishes of the family. What I also loved is there's a lot of comedy between the two characters, but their romance blossoms into something that feels very organic. You get a sense that parts of this story were heavily influenced by Bollywood culture, and while that is super noticeable, it doesn't detract from the kind of romance that Menon is trying to convey between Dimple and Rishi. There's a lot of skill in finding a balance for this kind of story, and Menon nails it.

I also loved a lot of the supporting characters, and I didn't feel like they were one note in the slightest. I adored Rishi's brother, and I loved that he was a typical little brother who also could see how blind his older sibling is. I loved Celia and I thought she was a good counterpart to Dimple's character in that she keeps her grounded. I LOVED both Dimple and Rishi's families, particularly Dimple's family, who made me laugh, smile and you get this huge sense of love from her family.

When Dimple Met Rishi is one of those books that just gives you so many feelings as your reading it, and that is why I loved it so much. It's the kind of contemporary book that balances so many different aspects of life, but also still manages to craft a romance that is both organic and sweet. If you love romance, this is a book you need to put on your radar ASAP.

Apr 30, 2017

This book is one of my favourite reads of the year! It's so super cute and hilarious. The book is split between Dimple and Rishi's points of view and we get to see the events happening from each of them and see where they stand with each other. Not only is the book super cute, but it also tackles a lot of important conversations like growing up in the Western world and not feeling like you belong in your parents' country nor the country you now live in, and embracing cultural traditions. This is a fantastic, fantastic read and I highly recommend it to everyone.

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