ARC Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Stars: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

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.

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When Dimple Met Rishi has got to be the best rom-com of the year. This story is about two teens arranged to be married who are also paired together in an app development competition. I loved the main character and her intelligence and the bits of culture laced throughout the book. This novel is a must-read this summer!

I adored the concept of this book! Basically, Dimple and Rishi are arranged to be married while they are participating in an app development competition. The thing is, Dimple has no intention of being married, and Rishi is only competing in the competition to get to know his future wife. This book is absolutely hilarious and adorable, both at the same time. There are also a lot of technological aspects to the book, such as coding, which I had no idea I was so interested in. After reading this story, I will definitely be on the lookout for more books like this one!

Dimple is absolutely one of my favourite main characters ever. She is so sassy and does not take crap from anyone. She even goes as far as throwing her iced coffee on Rishi when he meets her for the first time and addresses her as his wife. Dimple is also so independent and intelligent. She knows her values and would rather focus on coding than dating, despite her mother’s protests. If Dimple was a real person, I would definitely want to be her friend.

I really enjoyed all the Indian culture integrated into this book. Tradition plays a really big role in this story, especially arranged marriage. I feel like this is a topic that isn’t addressed very much, and Sandhya Menon did an amazing job discussing this subject with humour. I also loved the way that Dimple breaks away from tradition a bit while still embracing her culture. If you are looking for the perfect funny and diverse novel, this book is a great choice.

When Dimple Met Rishi is an Indian rom-com complete with one of the sassiest main characters ever. I loved the culture that is woven throughout the story and reading about Dimple choosing her own path for herself. After reading this book, I can definitely say that Sandhya Menon has made it onto my auto-buy list!

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