When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

Book - 2017
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When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents' obsession with "marriage prospects" but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him.
Publisher: London, UK. : 2017. Hodder & Stoughton,
ISBN: 9781473667402
Branch Call Number: YF MENO
Characteristics: 380 pages ; 20 cm

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DBRL_DanaS Apr 30, 2018

Romance books (especially teen ones) aren't usually my jam, but I'm glad I picked this one up for task 10 of the Read Harder Challenge: a romance by/about a person of color. Both Dimple and Rishi are likable and relatable characters, with a cute love story minus any excessive teen angst.

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PinesandPrejudice
Feb 07, 2018

Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes! What a positive and healthy portrayed relationship!

Can we start with the fact that there is a relationship where two people SUPPORT each other by pushing one another and encouraging their dreams and pursuits? They challenge each other and listen to each other and it's flippin beautiful.

Also, they talked about sex! In a positive, healthy way. They actually discussed whether they were ready and their feelings. And it wasn't the stereotypical "boy wants sex and girl is not ready". It was actually flipped! The girl was pursuing her sexuality, and not in a slutty way, and Rishi wasn't ready. He was man enough to tell her and she was woman enough to listen, but still ask for what she wanted. It was beautiful! I was shouting with happiness in my car when I was listening to the audiobook (which was great by the way).

Finally, there were actual family relationships! The tension between Dimple and her parents and Rishi and his, along with his brother, were realistic and important to the plot! They rounded out the characters and dealt with relatable issues while tying in the culture of the characters.

Now after all my raving about how happy I was with this book, the ONLY reason it wasn't five stars was the fact that despite the slow development of the relationship, I still feel like it happened very fast and the hated the whole "run to catch each other, airport-style" ending scene. But man! I loved this book. What a great new contemporary. I can't wait for From Twinkle, With Love!

ginafeil Feb 04, 2018

New York Times and national Indie bestseller, Sandhya Menon tells a modern story of how two Indian American teens feel about the idea of having their parents arrange their marriages, especially since the teens have opposing views on love & marriage, fate, and tradition.

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AddyS13
Nov 15, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the spirited characters and plot. The presentation of Indian culture was wonderful. However, as an American Indian, I would like to clarify that not all of us have arranged marriages or misogynist mothers. The Indian mothers I know are very inspiring for their daughters. They work in corporate jobs and support their daughters to do the same.

Really loved the story though. Dimple reminds me so much of myself and Rishi is such a lovable character!

SmallButMighty91 Nov 08, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. As a novel that doesn't stray too far from the YA romance tropes it relies on, it managed to buck some of those stereotypes (e.g. broken family, dark and brooding male lead, helpless woman, etc.) that make modern readers roll their eyes. It also showcases the Indian-American culture of the two main characters with a lot of respect and grace, which I appreciate. I want a movie!

KateHillier Oct 17, 2017

I really enjoyed this. I'm not a huge fan of romantic comedies but I very much liked this lighthearted, nerdy, arranged marriage plot starring two Indian teenagers.

Dimple isn't interested in marriage. She'd about to start university and she just wants to win this massive coding competition as a step up to pursuing her dreams. Rishi is all for an arranged marriage as pleasing his parents and being a good and proper son is very important to him. His younger brother isn't going to do it, after all.

Their first meeting is memorable for all the wrong reasons but is endearing, as the two of them are through the whole novel. There are traditions and cultures at work here but also sexism, consent, tech culture, and that wonderful thing called life. Even when it gets serious everything is dealt with lightly. The book never forgets what it is.

I loved it and highly recommend it to everyone.

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VigilanteReads
Sep 05, 2017

Enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. Great story. Ended up loving the characters as the story went on. Loved the moments with their families. It was a nice read. Very happy so many people told me I should read this.

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smitasub
Aug 28, 2017

Really enjoyed this... quick and fun read

archreads Jul 18, 2017

This novel follows 2 Indian-American teens the summer before college. Charming , fun read.

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laurabrary
Jun 25, 2017

Super charming romantic comedy about two Indian-American teenagers. I loved Rishi, and I appreciated how complex Dimple was. The story was modern, cute, and insightful--my favorite part was learning how Dimple and Rishi felt both within and without American culture and Indian culture, and the possibility of finding a sense of belonging in each other. Their struggles may not be universal but they were totally relatable. I had a few minor squabbles (the talent show seemed weird, and parts of the relationship felt rushed), but I still enthusiastically recommend it.

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