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When Dimple Met Rishi Hardcover – May 30, 2017
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“Effervescent.” —Chicago Tribune
“Full of warm characters and sweet romance.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Get ready to fall in love with Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel.” —HelloGiggles
“Deliciously quirky, funny, and nerdy.” —Bustle Magazine
“Utterly delightful.” —BookRiot
“This book is a hug you can carry, but it's also a smart exploration of how hard it can be to hold onto who you are and what you want if you dare to let someone else in.” —Barnes and Noble Teen Book Blog
“Heartwarming, empathetic, and often hilarious—a delightful read.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A vibrant, joyous, funny love story." —VOYA, starred review
“Bright and funny.” —Publishers Weekly
“The strength of the story comes from its blending of Indian culture and values into a modern-day romance that scores of readers can enjoy.” —School Library Journal
“Nuanced and thoughtful . . . will melt the hearts of readers.” —Booklist
"Charming, magnetic, and zippy." —The Christian Science Monitor
About the Author
Sandhya Menon is the author of WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI (Simon Pulse/May 30, 2017) and a second YA contemporary coming in the summer of 2018. She currently lives in Colorado, where she's on a mission to (gently) coerce her family to watch all 3,221 Bollywood movies she claims as her favorite.
Top customer reviews
One of my favorite things about this book was the heavy elements of Indian culture. It was so interesting to read about modern teenagers and their take on their Indian heritage and culture. I thought the culture was presented in an informative, relatable, and honest manner. I loved reading about it! I also really liked learning about the two main character's families. They were both sweet and endearing families that made me laugh so many times!
Dimple was a unique, independent, hilarious, and strong-willed character. She didn't care what other thought about her, and I really admired that. Dimple was never afraid to truly be herself. She wasn't afraid to stand up for her beliefs, herself, and her loved ones. Dimple came off as a bit brash at first, but she eventually opened up and showed her kind and caring side.
Rishi was an adorable cupcake. He was so goofy and sweet. He was so dedicated to his family, and it really warmed my heart. Rishi was also compassionate, loving, smart, and funny. I fell completely in love with him. I JUST WANT TO SMOTHER HIM WITH LOVE. HE IS TOO PRECIOUS AND KIND AND PERFECT. *hugs him forever*
The romance was so cute and well developed. Rishi and Dimple made such an adorable couple. I literally squealed out loud when they kissed for the first time. Their relationship felt whimsical and magical. RISHI AND DIMPLE ARE MY OTP. I WANT THEM TO BE TOGETHER FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER. THEIR RELATIONSHIP BROUGHT ME SO MUCH JOY. THEY ARE PERFECT TOGETHER.
Overall, I adored this book! This was a lighthearted, hilarious, and adorable book. I would recommend this book to everyone and anyone.
5 / 5 Fangs
MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It Book Reviews
The cast of characters is absolutely charming. I adored Dimple and Rishi both. They were such well-developed characters, and the chemistry between them is not only adorable, it also had a lot more heat than I expected, which was a very pleasant surprise. Sandhya has also included a great cast of supporting characters around them, whose stories I was also very much invested in.
The concept behind the book was original, and the story was highly entertaining and absolutely engrossing. For fans of YA contemporary, I truly cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Dimple Shah is a recent high school graduate that is dedicated to learning coding and having a career. Her mother would rather her grow out her hair, put on some makeup and get married already. So when she gets her parents to agree to send her to a summer web developers competition, Dimple decides not to push it and question her good luck. What she doesn't know is that the main reason she's being allowed to go there is because they have arranged for a boy named Rishi Patel to meet her there. Oh, and also that he is under the impression that they will have an arranged marriage.
One of the things about this book that I really enjoyed reading about was Indian cultures. I don't actually know too much at all about Indian culture so that was really fun and interesting for me to read about. I thought it was really interesting to read about modern day teenagers with an Indian heritage, and their take on their beliefs and culture while living in and "fitting in" in America. I thought the culture was presented in an informative and relatable way. I loved reading about it!
Dimple was a hilarious, unique, and strong-willed character. She didn't care what other people thought about her. She refused to be a girl that needed to fix her hair and makeup and become obsessed with finding a husband. Dimple was never afraid to truly be herself. At first I thought she came off a bit harsh, but she eventually opened up and showed her kind and caring side. I admired Dimple's need to be independent and her focus on her career but I thought she took it too far at times, and it frustrated me because of how she treated Rishi a few times.
I can't handle how much a loved Rishi. He was definitely book boyfriend material. My heart hurt for him at times because he got his feelings stomped on quite a few times by Dimple. He was very patient, loving, and sweet with her. But also very determined. He took his time and really "woo-ed" her. I loved every second of it.
The romance between them was really cute and well developed. It didn't feel rushed at all to me. Dimple started out not trusting him at all and being pretty mean to him, but he eventually grows on her and they have an adorable friendship that leads to more. They made an adorable couple. They also had great chemistry with one another. There is a scene between them where things get intimate but it wasn't graphic and I thought it was handled really well. Things sort of "fade to black" before it gets to that point. And yay for another YA book that tackles consent really well!
Obviously, I really ended up loving this book. lol. It was the lighthearted, funny, and super adorable book that I was hoping it would be. I would recommend to anyone that is looking for something a little light and fluffy, and low on angst. I'm excited to read more from this author in the future.