When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

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A New York Times bestseller “Effervescent.” —Chicago Tribune “Full of warm characters and sweet romance.” —Entertainment Weekly “Get ready to fall in love with Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel.” —Hello Giggles “Adorable.” —Buzzfeed “Deliciously quirky, funny, and nerdy.” —Bustle “Utterly delightful.” —BookRiot “Heartwarming, empathetic, and often hilarious—a delightful read.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.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.
Publisher: 2017
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Simon Pulse, 2017. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 4324 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781481478700

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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!

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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.

samcmar May 05, 2017

Ever since I saw the cover for When Dimple Met Rishi, I knew I wanted to read this book. When I read the synopsis, I knew I wanted to read this book. I had this book super hyped in my head, which is why I think I put off reading it for as long as I did. However, this book didn't disappoint me! I laughed, I cried, I had many, many feelings throughout the course of it, and I feel like Sandhya Menon is going to be an author watch now.

I loved Dimple from page one. She's one of those characters with a lot of conviction and determination. She sees herself as a very independent young woman with goals that don't include marriage right off the bat. Her family wants her to be happy, so they arrange for her to meet with Rishi, a young Indian boy who is on his way to MIT, but has a secret passion for comic book writing.

Both protagonists have strong visions of where they want to be in their lives, but they both also struggle with their family values. It's part of why I loved the story so much is that both Dimple and Rishi's troubles felt very raw and real, and Menon gives the reader so much context to what it's like to be a young Indian-American trying to both love and value yourself, but also respect the wishes of the family. What I also loved is there's a lot of comedy between the two characters, but their romance blossoms into something that feels very organic. You get a sense that parts of this story were heavily influenced by Bollywood culture, and while that is super noticeable, it doesn't detract from the kind of romance that Menon is trying to convey between Dimple and Rishi. There's a lot of skill in finding a balance for this kind of story, and Menon nails it.

I also loved a lot of the supporting characters, and I didn't feel like they were one note in the slightest. I adored Rishi's brother, and I loved that he was a typical little brother who also could see how blind his older sibling is. I loved Celia and I thought she was a good counterpart to Dimple's character in that she keeps her grounded. I LOVED both Dimple and Rishi's families, particularly Dimple's family, who made me laugh, smile and you get this huge sense of love from her family.

When Dimple Met Rishi is one of those books that just gives you so many feelings as your reading it, and that is why I loved it so much. It's the kind of contemporary book that balances so many different aspects of life, but also still manages to craft a romance that is both organic and sweet. If you love romance, this is a book you need to put on your radar ASAP.

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Astaraya
Apr 30, 2017

This book is one of my favourite reads of the year! It's so super cute and hilarious. The book is split between Dimple and Rishi's points of view and we get to see the events happening from each of them and see where they stand with each other. Not only is the book super cute, but it also tackles a lot of important conversations like growing up in the Western world and not feeling like you belong in your parents' country nor the country you now live in, and embracing cultural traditions. This is a fantastic, fantastic read and I highly recommend it to everyone.

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