When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Manon
Release date: May 30th US / June 1st UK
Rating given: 4/4.5 stars.
Goodreads synopsis: 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.
Firstly I put the full image of the jacket on here because it’s one of my favourite YA contemporary covers i’ve seen in a while. Designed by Regina Flath, who I had the chance to interview for a university project earlier this year. I think its so fresh & modern and depicts the feel for the story perfectly. also: more POC on covers please. check out her other work here
I had been highly anticipating this book for months and was hearing such good things from everyone in the US who got early copies. When I recently got approved on Netgalley for a copy, excited was an understatement, (I wanted to abandon everything I was currently reading for it, oops).
When Dimple Met Rishi is told in a dual perspective, of which in a contemporary I haven’t actually read that much of, told in this way. It can be tricky to get right. Spoiler: this was done perfectly.
I loved switching between the two perspectives, both Dimple & Rishi have great personalities and I loved how they bounced off each other.
This book is also so hilarious at times, I love when you can just have a good chuckle in a contemporary, I think it just makes the experience that much more engaging & relatable in terms of dialogue.
Something I really appreciated about this book was the language and culture, I feel like I took a lot away from this book, The many Hindi phrases and words, the different types of Indian fashion. Also the Bollywood film references!! I love and appreciated how culturally diverse this book was and that its being represented!
When Dimple & Rishi first met is probably one of the funniest scenes I have ever read, actually brilliant.
Dimple is confident and witty, fierce and I feel like I really connected with her as a character
Rishi is an absolute cutie. A romantic, Likes to tease Dimple (the best), we need more nice characters like him in YA contemporary, I really loved how he was the more romantic one!
One last thing, THE SETTING. I’ve never read a book that references code and web development and for that really excited me whilst reading this, I personally felt that connection, as someone who is going into that side of the industry.
In my opinion this is the perfect, cute, summery contemporary that everyone should have on their TBRs this season.