Published by Simon Pulse on May 30th 2017
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I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
When Dimple Met Rishi was definitely a funny and charming read. However, I still felt like I liked it just a little less than everyone else. Don’t get me wrong, it was wonderfully diverse, awkward, swoony, and unique. For me though, I felt that it was missing something. It was still a fun book and I’m happy that I picked up. I totally get the hype that’s been surrounding this book for months now. If you’re looking for something that is fairly light and will make you laugh out loud, this is the book for you.
First things first, I love the name Dimple. I think it’s unique and lovely. So now let’s talk more about her personality. Dimple is one fierce girl. Whenever she first meets Rishi, she greets him by throwing ice coffee in his face. To be fair, he did say, “Hello future wife, I can’t wait to get started on the rest of our lives.” Dimple knows exactly who she is and what she wants to do. She wants to develop apps and she’s great at coding and all that other technology stuff that I know nothing about. I loved her independence and personality as a whole. I will say that I didn’t agree with some of her choices towards the end of the book. I wanted to shake some sense into her for sure. At the end of the day though, Dimple is still a wonderful character who I truly enjoyed for most of the story.
Guys, Rishi has my heart. He’s awkward, funny, sweet, and charming all at the same time. His first encounter with Dimple reminded me a lot of Dexter and Remy’s from This Lullaby. It broke my heart how desperately he wanted to please his parents. His parents wanted him to marry Dimple, so he followed her to the summer program for aspiring web developers. I don’t know exactly how to describe him, but he’s just so freaking previous. No matter what he does or says, you just want to give him a big hug and protect him for anything bad in the world. You need to read it in order to capture how awesome he is.
So as I mentioned, they meet because Rishi and Dimple’s parents want to set them up in an arranged marriage. Dimple obviously doesn’t go for that because she’s ready to become a developer and attend college long before she gets married. Rishi is the opposite, he’ll put his dreams on the back burner in order to do what his parents want for him to do. Once he ends up at the program, he eventually enjoys it. Although they start off as just friends, they make a good team as they make their own app together. I thought the build up from friendship to more was very realistic. Once they became a couple, they were pretty adorable.
Although it wasn’t my favorite book of the year, it was still pretty good. It was still probably one of the best YA romantic comedies of the year. It definitely did a wonderful job at making me laugh out loud from the very beginning. I think I had a tough time with Dimple’s actions towards the end of the book. In my opinion, Rishi didn’t deserve some of that treatment. Other than that, it was a decent book that I enjoyed reading. I recommend if you want something light and fun to start your summer off right.