18 Oct 2017


Book Review / When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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.

Published:     30th May 2017
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Library


What I liked about this story...    Right from the very start, the dynamic between Dimple and Rishi made me laugh.  From the first time they met, when Rishi made the mistake of introducing himself to Dimple a bit to friendly in which her reply was to throw her drink on him!  I did find the interaction between the two main characters very entertaining! 

What I didn't like about this story...  Firstly, I am not entirely sure whether she is meant to come off this way I did find Dimple to have a very spoilt and childish manner about her.  She will do what she wants to do and not think of anything else.  Of course, that is fair enough when she is thinking about her own future but that bothered me a bit.  Next, I also felt there was a bit too much insta-friendship etc in this book, everything seemed to happen far too quickly and, for me, it felt unrealistic.  Lastly, I had wished there would be more of a plot than just a boy meets girl type situation.  With just this happening throughout the book, I was bored.

In summary...  This book has been hyped up so much since its release I did wonder whether it was the right time for me to give this a go.  If a book is hyped up, I do tend to set my expectations rather high.  Unfortunately, that was the case with this book.  I found the main character to be annoying, too much insta-friendship and insta-love and not enough plot to keep me interested.  I did, however, read the entire book, which I think was purely because I enjoyed the writing.   I am intrigued to follow this author to see what comes out next but I won't be picking up this book again.