Other Sellers on Amazon
Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more
Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.
Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.
Enter your mobile phone or email address
By pressing "Send link," you agree to Amazon's Conditions of Use.
You consent to receive an automated text message from or on behalf of Amazon about the Kindle App at your mobile number above. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Message & data rates may apply.
Follow the Author
When Dimple Met Rishi Hardcover – May 30, 2017
|New from||Used from|
Enhance your purchase
The Amazon Book Review
Book recommendations, author interviews, editors' picks, and more. Read it now.
Frequently bought together
From School Library Journal
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; First Edition (May 30, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1481478680
- ISBN-13 : 978-1481478687
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Lexile measure : HL700L
- Grade level : 7 - 12
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #540,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Reviews with images
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
So, Dimple's initial interactions with Rishi were hilarious, and I appreciated the fact that she was a career-driven woman in tech who didn't care about things like makeup and clothes.
That was before the whole Insomnia Con program turned out to be a big letdown that wasn't actually about learning. It includes a talent show that gets far more attention than the actual coding aspect; the talent show is important because the winners get a $1000 prize that they can use to hire developers to work on their app, increasing their chances of winning the overall design competition, which would allow them to meet and possibly collaborate with the famous Jenny Lindt. The ultimate goal is not to build skills and actually create your own app, but to use money and connections to make it happen for you. If you're not named the winner of the overall event, the whole experience is useless: you won't even get feedback on the project that you've worked on for six weeks, and of course there's no chance of completing it yourself; without a big name behind you, you might as well give up. So instead of being someone with the drive and determination to achieve success for herself, Dimple was reduced to a helpless fangirl. That was a big disappointment.
The takeaway was that even if a woman cares more about her intellectual abilities than her physical appearance, what really matters is her natural dancing ability. (Which incidentally also manages to undermine women who put time into physical training—obviously a week's worth of practice is all it takes to dance like a professional.)
I should note that I have no problem with the basic premise that a woman who's focused on her career can also have time for love; obviously that was an expected element of this story, and I wasn't hoping or expecting that Dimple would end up successful but single. It's the more insidious messages that bothered me.
Also, a lot of the time Dimple is just mean.
The first official meeting between Dimple and Rishi is priceless! Dimple seems to despise Rishi but overtime she warmed up to him and even they even become friends. She knows it's not his fault and even tells him to stay when he offered to go home early. Their budding friendship ends up turning into something more.
Sandhya Menon's debut novel is charming with just enough humor. This romantic comedy shares the views of two children of two sets of Indian parents. I found it refreshing to read a novel that shows two sides of a coin. Dimple is a quirky yet spirited, goal-orientated young lady who wants to advance her career. She doesn't care about arrange marriages; she wants freedom and her independence. Rishi, on the other hand, is a hopeless romantic trying to woo Dimple. He believes in tradition while Dimple finds the culture suffocating her. Rishi's passion is art but he sees it more like a hobby and not a practical field to go into for a career.
Dimple is a role model for teenage girls. It's okay to like math, science and technology. It's okay to wear glasses and not to wear any makeup. I wish I read about Dimple when I was younger. Nowadays STEM is pretty big in education, especially for females. STEM related fields are still male dominated. It's exhilarating to read about a career-driven young lady who is passionate about web development and not about makeup and boys.
When Dimple Met Rishi tackles the struggles of desires and passions. Dimple and Rishi both gather the strength to vocalize what they are passionate about and what they want in life. Dimple's passion is web development and Rishi's passion is art. However, even though they don't want to admit, the love they have for one another is strong and they cannot let it go no matter what they want in life. Do things that make you happy! Trust your gut feeling!
Menon writes When Dimple Met Rishi with sincerity. The novel is exuberant! I was smiling when I was reading the novel for most of the time. When reading When Dimple Met Rishi, I see myself through both Dimple and Rishi. I have never read a book where I see myself completely in. I can see a part of myself in Dimple and a part of myself in Rishi. Menon fuses culture, socio-economics and overriding gender stereotypes in this rom-com. When Dimple Met Rishi is a fluffy yet heartwarming read. I highly recommend it and it's definitely a new favorite of mine.
Top reviews from other countries
I have to admit, I didn’t really enjoy it. It was an okay YA contemporary, but I had issues with it. A lot of this is probably because of who I am as a person, and the person that I am really doesn’t like reading about domestic abuse. I’m quite sensitive in that regard, I suppose.
My main issue was that Dimple kept punching (or wanting to punch) Rishi. I feel like I can make slight allowances depending on the setting and situation, but like I said, I’m pretty sensitive to domestic abuse and anything similar. In this situation it was just too much. I am not on board with anyone hitting their love interest. Of course, this doesn’t mean that Dimple and Rishi’s entire relationship is going to be abusive, or anyone is going to suffer from domestic abuse in the long run, but I couldn’t deal with the punching out of anger or exasperation.
And did I ship it? No.
That said, the controversial coffee scene was hilarious. If some random guy came up to me in a coffee shop and introduced himself as my future husband, I would also throw coffee at him and run the hell away.
I liked Rishi, although I didn’t relate to him at all because our beliefs are just so different. But he was an interesting character. I also liked it when Rishi’s brother showed up because that added something to the plot that was previously missing. I.e. excitement. Dimple was… yeah. Eh. I wish I could have seen her doing some more coding because I wanted to read about a female coder.
I did really enjoy Dimple and Celia’s relationship, which started out online and then grew to an IRL friendship. There were a few hiccups along the way, but I liked them.
So this isn’t the best book. There’s not much of a plot, it’s very basic YA, but I did enjoy the Indian representation and the few funny scenes that were scattered throughout.
After seeing this all over Twitter, I knew I needed to read it. And I'm glad I did! There were a lot of things to like about it, though it wasn't perfect for me.
Things I liked
- Yay, diversity! While I'm super happy that there is a bit more representation of Indian Americans in YA thanks to this book, it is not the only reason it's good. (That being said, I did talk to an Indian classmate about it, and she thought it was a bit stereotypical in its representation of Indian parents.)
- Dimple is quirky and stubborn, likes programming, and is all about going against tradition. Rishi, on the other hand, wanted to stick to traditions out of respect for his family and heritage. It was such an interesting dynamic!
- AND IT WAS SO CUTE. Their interactions were funny at times and just plain adorable at others.
Things I didn't like
- I got very caught up in the fuzzy feelings for the first half of the book, and then... I got a little... bored... The book just sort of lost its steam for me. I think because things got to a good place, and then there was just a lot of filler until the big drama at the end.
- I didn't care about any of the other characters, except maybe Rishi's brother. I feel like a lot of them were flat and stereotypical, especially the rich kids.
See, nice and quick! What did you guys think?
When Dimple Met Rishi was not what I expected. I knew that the MCs had Indian parents and were involved in an arranged marriage but my idea of what this book would be like was very different to what I got and I was really impressed.
Dimple was so easy to like. She wasn't willing to give into her mother's wish for her to marry and find herself the 'Ideal Indian Husband'. She wasn't even willing to give in about wearing makeup and putting in her contacts just to entice a man. Instead, she id focused on pursuing web design. I loved her passion and her focus, even if I didn't fully understand it because I certainly didn't know what I what I wanted to do at eighteen. I think Dimple's focus and unwillingness to compromise herself for any reason that made me both like her and dislike her. She was far too unwilling to compromise when it comes to others. Even when it meant angering her friends and those close to her. It was her worst quality and was something which came between her and Rishi and it was annoying. I did like seeing her grow throughout the book, though.
And then there was Rishi. I didn't think I'd like him as much, I mean, he was close to his parents and willing to follow the path which they wished for him. He was willing to sacrifice a lot to do what was expected. He was awkward and cute and I loved him. I wasn't even overly bothered by the fact he had money and was privileged because he didn't flaunt it. He was just an adorable cinnamon roll and I think I loved him. I was just as frustrated by him as Dimple but I felt his reservations were far more logical. Wanting a secure future, whilst not totally believable for a teenager, is not a bad thing and so I got why he was so hesitant to pursue all of his dreams.
I found the whole book very adorable, though. And for both Dimple and Rishi their Indian heritage was obvious and I loved how Rishi honoured it so much and then Dimple was learning parts of her culture was ingrained because that was how she was raised. She considered how her parents would react to big decisions and even her quest to design an app was partially done to make her father proud of her.
I loved this, it was a brilliant YA and demonstrates the genre is totally growing. I want more diverse reads like this one. Fingers crossed this is the start of a trend.
Dimple. She comes off as rude and bratty, at first. She's part of an Indian family that has migrated to the US for a better life. Her mother wants her to get married and have babies, while Dimple wants to make a career. Getting married and having babies is not really on her 5-year-plan - or any plan, really.
She manages to make it to a summer program and there she meets Rishi, her future husband. Or so he says.
Now, Rishi. My God, but did I love him! He's the boy-next-door character; he's sweet and kind and a traditionalist. Something that has him and Dimple clash many times.
Starting off as friends, the friendship slowly - very slowly - evolves into more. At one point, no matter how much I loved Rishi and started tolerating Dimple, I put it aside because I felt it was dragging. But giving it another chance, it picked up and I ended up enjoying it. And rating it 4 stars. Will definitely read the book about Rishi's younger brother.