*I read this June 2017, reviewed it then. I read this as a hardcover. As always, this is my honest opinion.
14 pages into When Dimple Met Rishi, I was worried I would not enjoy this at all, however, I did very much enjoy this one.
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
Overall, this was a cutesy read and I loved getting to know Dimple and Rishi. Dimple is stubborn and sure of herself and determined. Being in her head was almost like being in my own. She knows her goals and she’ll do whatever it takes to get what she wants.
Rishi is such a romantic and it’s adorable to read. They compliment each other so well that it’s almost…kismet. (I couldn’t resist).
What I love about their relationship is that it’s real. They struggle with real issues and at times they say things bluntly and directly and they get angry and happy and it’s just real. They could be a real life couple and not a couple out of a novel.
I wish there had been more about Insomnia Con and the app development. Dimple is a geek and a nerd, but it doesn’t really show throughout the story. You could place this story anywhere else, and the outcome will be the same.
The discussions about family and pressures and doing what you want versus doing what’s expected of you is a subject that transends all cultures and is easy to relate to. Speaking from of latino household, I can relate to the pressures of trying to please your family, doing the responsible thing, but also following your pasisons. I think When Dimple Met Rishi handled this spectacularly.
My final rating is 4.5, and that .5 is minor things that irked me and brought me out the story. Dimple does something that’s glossed over, but honestly would be a huge problem to any other person. And of course, there’s very little Insomnia Con and whole lot of kissing (but I’m almost completely okay with that). Overall, this book is adorable and cute and warms your cold, bitter heart right up. 😉