Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Genre: Young Adult (Contemporary) [Bonus: #OwnVoices novel]
Published: By Simon Pulse on May 30th, 2017
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
(adapted 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.
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.
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 won’t be following my usual format of reviewing because my thoughts on this book are all over the place. To be extremely concise, I LOVED this book from the very depths of my soul. This is a milestone in my reading experience because it is a YA rom-com featuring brown teens published outside of India that I can relate to on a level so deep that it probably goes all the way to my ancestors. It has the perfect dose of Indian culture to make the book relatable to people of other cultures as well as give them a sneak peek into what Indian culture is like.
So why have I only given this 4.5 stars? I feel like if this book would go on forever, I would read it forever. Basically, I wanted more from the ending. I’ll take anything as long as it involves these characters. Honestly, at this point, I’m going to willingly splurge on anything written by Sandhya Menon. I need more wonderfully done Indian representation in YA books. I can’t wait to purchase the hardcover edition of the book so I can shove it in people’s faces regardless of whether they asked for recommendations or not.
I’d recommend this book to every person out there who reads. I feel like it’s such an important book in YA and tackles issues I face every day as a modern Indian girl. For the music, you just can’t go wrong with some Bollywood music, but since they tend to be very distracting, I suggest something without vocals such as soft sitar or flute music. I love my standard diet of rasam rice and curd rice so much that I think it’s the perfect accompaniment to this. I’d be happiest if you used this book as an excuse to gorge on Indian food because it is my favourite cuisine in the entire planet.
Have you read this book? Are you looking forward to reading it? Do you know about any other Indian #OwnVoices novel that I can add to my TBR? Let me know in the comments section below.