When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

“She wept for her hardheadedness, and for a world that couldn’t just let her be both, a woman in love and a woman with a career, without flares of guilt and self-doubt seeping in and wreaking havoc.”

When Dimple Met Rishi is a light hearted contemporary romance; the perfect antidote for my summer reading slump! I highly recommend for anyone looking for something light and bubbly—it’s a perfect beach read for sure 😍

Goodreads Synopsis: 

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.

Things I loved about it:

  1. Dimple’s assertive and independent attitude. It bristled me a bit in the beginning because I was totally #TeamRishi from the first time we meet him… but as we come to understand her desire to break free of traditional gender roles and focus on her own future and career, I totally get it. Her mom is also super insistent on her finding a potential husband, which may have turned her off to the idea of allowing any sort of romance into her life. #loveless
  2. The portrayal of the struggle of pleasing Immigrant parents 😭 Rishi in particular feels immense pressure to live up to his parents’ expectations (his dad is a successful CEO), despite having a deep love and passion for comic book art. As Dimple recognizes Rishi’s talent, and eventually his suppression of it, she exposes him to his favorite artist🔥—forcing Rishi to confront his passion and the conflict between what he feels he has to do vs. what he wants to do. The way they support each other and their goals….is, well, #goals💞
  3. Referring to the quote at the beginning of this review, it’s exhilirating how Dimple realizes she can find a balance between allowing herself to be in love-and being strong enough to understand that she doesn’t have to lose herself (i.e. give everything up for a boy.) 👏🏽
  4. BROWN ROMANCE 📢📢 I NEED MORE OF THAT IN CONTEMPORARY YA THANK YOU!

Things I wasn’t so crazy about:

  1. The group of idiots who won the app development competition! Their characters seemed a bit exaggerated for me…although I will admit there probably are some assholes like that who truly do exist (thank God I’ve never run into any before!)

Overall Rating: 4.5 stars. I can’t wait to read From Twinkle, With Love!

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