- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 12
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse; First Edition edition (May 30, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481478680
- ISBN-13: 978-1481478687
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 295 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 7 Up—Dimple is a headstrong girl who is passionate about coding and web development much to the chagrin of her parents, who wish she would focus more on her appearance and attracting a husband. Basking in her acceptance to Stanford, Dimple is surprised when her parents agree to let her attend a six-week "Insomnia Con" in San Francisco. Not long into her convention, Dimple discovers why her parents were so willing to let her go. She has been set up to meet a potential husband—the very traditional yet charming Rishi. The plot is moderately paced as the romance between the pair flops, then flourishes. The characters are refreshing, even if familiar. Rishi has a hidden love of comics, Dimple is a feminist who secretly yearns to please her parents, and the "Aberzombies" are the superficial prep school kids who get their jollies by making Dimple and Rishi feel like outsiders. 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. This novel touches on issues of identity while remaining light and fun. VERDICT A strong choice for any young adult collection.—Christina Vortia, Hype Lit, Wesley Chapel, FL
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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.
Readers get to see the story unfold through the eyes of both Rishi and Dimple, as we go back and forth from their POV’s. Dimple’s Stanford-bound, despite the protests of her traditional Indian parents. She wants to seize this opportunity for independence and to pursue her passions in technology. To further this passion, she participates in Stanford’s summer program where a pair of people have to compete to create the best app. Throughout these decisions, she gets her mother’s reluctant acceptance and father’s unconditional support – all the while fighting her mother’s push towards an ideal Indian husband and becoming a homemaker. I love reading through Dimple’s narration and her fun, vibrant voice. She’s always been on the quiet side of things, especially experiencing low key insults in school, but college is definitely going to be a different experience.
"I.I.H., for the uninitiated, stood for Ideal Indian Husband.
Uggghh. Just thinking about it made her want to banshee-scream into a pillow."
Rishi, on the other hand, is a more obedient son to his traditional parents and becomes Dimple’s partner in the summer program. He is also SO. CUTE. Can I have one of him for myself please? He’s deeply engrossed with his culture and just so, so sweet and kind to the people around him. He’s always grown up with expectations on his shoulders, especially since his younger brother goes against his parent’s traditional views, so he has to pick up the slack. Rishi goes to the summer program with expectations that Dimple knew of him and their probable arranged marriage. Dimple, on the other hand, is in for a huge (and quite unpleasant) surprise.
After the initial surprise, they start getting to know each other as friends and work together to win the grand prize for the summer program. While Dimple is passionately pursuing her dream of coding, Rishi – who is MIT-bound for engineering – pushes back his art pursuits in favor of his family’s expectations. It may take a meddling (yet caring) friend to set his heart and mind free to follow where his passions lead, despite family influence. He’s so selfless and compassionate and humble, making him super endearing and lovable.
Rishi knew from watching his parents that what mattered were compatibility and stability. He didn’t want a million dramatic, heart-stoppingly romantic moments – he wanted just one long, sustainable partnership.
The other characters in this book include Celia, Dimple’s roommate and new friend, and Ashish, Rishi’s younger, more carefree brother. Their personalities were also explored quite thoroughly, and I loved watching them become fleshed out, three-dimensional characters. From the Bollywood references to sex positive scenes, I’ve connected to the characters in When Dimple Met Rishi in a way no other contemporary YA book has made me feel. The connection to a heritage that they may or may not know; the pursuit of passions that lead to a path made by the heart over the mind; all of these components make this an incredibly realistic, relatable, and down-to-earth contemporary that just tugs at your heartstrings.
"‘When you think about it, our families are back in India, about eight thousand miles away. And they’re still so intricately connected to us. We have their names, their rituals, their traditions. Their dreams sit behind our eyelids. I think it’s beautiful.’"
The romance was so adorkable! Both Dimple and Rishi are a pair of dorks, and I love them and their budding relationship so much. It’s a gradual progression, but you can definitely tell that they’re attracted to each other despite the potential arranged marriage (or little push, you could say) from their parents. I was smiling while reading the book, and kept smiling even after the last page was read.
"And Rishi, gods help him, thought, I could look at that smile every day and never get tired of it."
I can’t say how much I absolutely adore this book, its characters, and all it has to offer. It touched my heart in the best of ways, and I’ll definitely be rereading this in the upcoming years as well. Dimple and Rishi’s story is unforgettable, charming, sweet, and dorky: components that any contemporary reader would enjoy reading.