Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Monday, 29 May 2017

  When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon | Published June 1st, 2017
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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This was so cute! It takes a lot for a contemporary to become one of my favourite stories but this one does just that.

Dimple and Rishi are both American-Indian but feel very different about their heritage and traditions. Dimple is heading to university and has plans to conquer the technology world. Coding is her life and she's thrilled when her parents allow her to go to a coding convention in the summer before university starts. Rishi wants nothing more than to make his parents proud and find the perfect woman to really begin his life with. Their parents think that they make a great match, and Rishi thinks they could too, but Dimple doesn't know a thing about it..

What I loved most about this book is that it's totally believable. The romance wasn't over the top or unrealistic. Dimple and Rishi are both nerdy and not "cool". Dimple is into tech, particularly coding, and Rishi is a really great artist who creates comic book characters. I like that they are both pretty much evenly matched that way but are both also so unique.

This is the first Indian YA contemporary romance that I have read (I want more!) and I love the way the culture was represented. We get to see two different perspectives as Rishi very much wants to follow in his parent's footsteps and settle down early, whereas Dimple wants to go against that and focus on her education and career first. It was a really positive representation of arranged marriage. I loved the cultural references and the inclusion of Hindi and I feel like I learned some things about the culture along the way. My only small complaint is that I would have loved even more focus on the actual coding aspect of the story. Dimple is developing an app and I think it would have been fun to get more of an insight into what goes into that.

Utterly cute, funny, geeky and with completely lovable characters. You need this book in your life!

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