Friday, August 11, 2017
Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
What I Liked:
Main and Side Characters. The fact that Menon shared Rishi and Dimples POV worked with the novel (even if I did not like the fact that the pov changed within chapters). because she was able to craft differing unique povs for each character. She also created interesting and relatable side characters, the families and friends that we will get to see more of in future novels. :)
If I had to choose my favorite character would have to be Rishi, he is everything adorable in the world.
Writing. I really enjoyed Menon's writing style. She had unique metaphors and great details. It was easy to fall in love with her characters because she created original voices for both Rishi and Dimple. I'm looking forward to checking out her future novels! :)
Culture/Representation/Message. The main reason I enjoy reading, besides the beautiful words themselves, is because I love learning about new places/cultures. I felt that Menon did a great job sharing Indian culture with how passionate Rishi is about India, and how balanced he is within the differing American and Indian cultures/identities. One of the main messages I noticed (besides cuteness of course) was how people can sometimes feel like outsiders if they are pulled between two different cultures. I have no idea how that feels, so it was interesting to learn about it. I loved how Rishi/Dimple come together, two opposites in opinions/beliefs, and learned from one another.
CUTENESS. My goodness this novel was chalk full of adorableness that my heart was full by the time I finished reading it! If you are in the need for something fun and cue this is the book for you.
What I Disliked:
Pace of Romance.
Focus. I enjoyed the focus on the romance. However, I would have liked more focus on Dimple and Rishi's passions, art and coding. Rishi's art was covered a lot because it fit the story arc. I felt that Dimple's coding/career was not covered enough throughout the novel.
Predictability. The ending and some of the romance aspects did not stand out as much I wanted them to and it was easy to see where the story was headed. Plus, there were a few cheesy moments near the end. They were easy to guess but besides those small complaints I overall loved the novel in all of it's cuteness!
I recommend checking out this fun contemporary romance! I'm off to find myself an adorkable Rishi of my own. :)
4.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars