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.
I kept hearing about this book, so now that it’s finally out I had to buy it. I wasn’t disappointed! When Dimple met Rishi is perfect when you’re in the mood for a cute YA romance. It has likeable but realistic(ish) characters, and a romance you’ll root for.
The plot of When Dimple Met Rishi is entirely predictable, but that didn’t take away too much from my enjoyment of the book. I’m a character-driven reader, especially when I’m reading contemporaries, so those are what make or break a book for me. It would have been nice to have some surprises along the way, but even if you know the outcome, the journey of the characters was still relevant and interesting to read. The writing is very atmospheric and I could really see the settings in my mind, which doesn’t happen too often.
The characters themselves were great. Dimple was a bit immature at times, and she didn’t always make the best decisions, but who’s perfect when they’re still basically a teenager. I know I certainly wasn’t. Rishi was slightly less relatable, but as we got to know him, I started to genuinely like him. He’s an all around nice guy, and I really appreciate that. I read a book with a stereotypical arrogant hot guy just before this one, so I was even happier that Rishi was a decent human being and actually dateable. #niceguyswin
I also liked some of the supporting characters a lot, but the mean guys felt a little too one dimensional (which might just be because Dimple and Rishi didn’t interact with them all that much). It was great to see supportive parents who love their children and want the best for them, even if that means having to adapt what they think is best for them. I also liked that the author addressed the issue of arranged marriages without demonising it and showed multiple sides to the argument. This isn’t really an ‘issue’ book though- at its heart it’s just about Dimple, Rishi and their relationship.
I liked that Dimple was very driven and sort of swept Rishi along with her. The characters had multiple interests and talents (for example Dimple is super passionate about coding, but she also enjoys reading and is a passable dancer). It made the characters more relatable and real. I loved that Dimple and Rishi brought out the best qualities in each other and genuinely encouraged each other to do what’s best for themselves. They worked together well as a team, and they were also adorable, geeky and funny. I especially loved Rishi’s horrible dancing skills. Oh and also Rishi plans the BEST dates.
If you’re looking for a light romance with likeable characters, I can definitely recommend this one! Dimple and Rishi get to know each other over the course of a few weeks, and you can’t help but root for them in the end. I definitely enjoyed this book, so I’m going to give it a solid four cupcakes.