When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
- Format: UK Paperback, 380 pages.
- Published by: Hodder Books.
- Release Date: 1st June 2017
- Read: 4th August 2017
- Links: Goodreads
- Rating: 3.5 Stars
The arranged-marriage YA rom-com you didn’t know you wanted or needed… Meet Dimple. Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination. Meet Rishi. He’s rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she’s got other plans… 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.
With the BookTubeAThon recently finishing, I saw so many countless wrap ups which featured this book, although I didn’t really know anything about the books contents. Which I admit spiked my interest, as it’s not very often I will see a book constantly and yet have no knowledge to what it is about, so when I saw it in three separate bookstores over the course of three days I finally decided to just pick it up. (Even though I do have a rather large TBR pile of books already at home). Admittedly I didn’t even read the blurb until I was already about two or three chapters in and I admit that I did enjoy that factor of having no expectations.
I am a huge fan of YA contemporary novels, I find they are definitely easy and enjoyable reads which often I find myself binge reading for periods of time. For ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ I have to say it reminded me of Stephanie Perkin’s series of ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ which was nice as I was a huge fan and am due a reread of the series. For the most part of book I did thoroughly enjoy it, I liked that it was culturally diverse to the books which I normally have read and picked up over the years. ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ involves the Indian culture and features the aspect of an arranged marriage, which I found interesting as I regrettably know little of the Indian culture. I think that this is definitely one of the reasons this book has been popular as it introduces culture which I personally feel not a lot of mainstream YA features. (I mean come on we need more diverse books!) Honestly the only other book series which I know of which features Indian characters is a middle grade series known as the ‘Bindi Babes’ which I loved when I was younger.
For ‘When DImple Met Rishi’ I have to say I loved the dynamics as it features characters which are funny and awkward and tbh are human. Being able to relate to events and characters which often you encounter in real life, and in doing so is able to represent different family dynamics and friendships along with types of relationships. Dimple is initially presented as a fierce heroine who is a kick ass coder and incredibly passionate about her work. While Rishi is the more reserved character who places duty before his passion which is comic book art. Of course we can see that there would be some instalove despite Dimple’s continuous protests that she will remain a single and work minded individual.
However, although I did enjoy this book and will definitely read more of Sandhya Menon’s work in the future there were some problems I had which impacted my overall opinion. Despite the book being heavily set during the coding summer camp, there actually isn’t much mention of the summer camp and what they are actually working on. Except from a feature of the talent show and occasional mention of the app, I was slightly disappointed as during the first part of the novel I was expecting this. Rather the rest of the novel takes place outside of the camp and becomes heavily reliable on relationships that it made me feel as if the second half wasn’t fully complete. Another feature which I didn’t like but expected was that the ‘twist’ I suppose you could say was when Dimple breaks Rishi before (spoiler) eventually a few pages later they come back together for the happy ending. Honestly I didn’t see the need for it as a few pages before she was so happy, I don’t think the break up was necessary at all.
Though despite some problems with the story itself I did thoroughly enjoy the book, it was a lighthearted and enjoyable read for the most part which I think I really needed at the time. I read this book in a single day which I haven’t done in a while. So if you are able to read ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ I’d definitely recommend it.
I’d like to state in this review all opinions were my own and how I felt about the book. If you have any recommendations on other books which are culturally diverse please let me know as I really need to read more. And let me know what you thought of ‘When Dimple met Rishi’.