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: New York : Simon Pulse, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781481478687
Characteristics: 380 pages ;,22 cm.

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reshmitham
Jul 08, 2020

This book is a romantic story where Dimple Shah, an incoming college freshman at Stanford who’s attending Insomnia Con, a coding camp, meets Rishi Patel, who claims that he’s her future husband and that both of their parents had decided on hooking both of them up. Dimple is devastated; all her life she’s wanted to focus on her tech career and her dream to work with Jenny Lindt, her idol, and now it’s all being turned upside down. But as time goes on, the anger towards Rishi turns into understanding and then turns into a meaningful relationship. Through laughter, tears, and loss, Dimple faces the reality of choosing between love and career.

I loved the informative descriptions of Indian culture. Hearing that part of Dimple’s life was so exciting. I also loved the caring and understanding relationship between Rishi and Dimple, even though I disagreed with some circumstances between them. They shared both funny and comedic scenes but there was also a deeper relationship between them, which I loved. The character development I saw in not only Dimple but many of the supporting characters was something I loved seeing.

One thing I disliked in this book was the writing style. I’m usually not as picky with the style as I am with the plot, but I felt the writing style didn’t exactly match the given plot. Another thing would be the main character. I know, it’s a big one. Though I do feel that there’s some sort of character development in Dimple, I felt that she was very hateful and didn’t really give anyone a chance - she just judged people and moved on. Again, there was some character development, but through that perspective, I was a bit disappointed.

If you're looking for a cute, rom-com story and be educated about a different culture along the way, I would definitely recommend this book.

jcljessicaj Apr 20, 2020

It was really nice to read a story set on a college campus. I would have loved a story like this when I was new to being out on my own. Plus, who doesn't love the interference of meddling parents to add a little drama?

HKK_Teen_Staff Apr 10, 2020

Why read? Let me count the ways:

1) A meet-cute that goes wrong

2) A heroine who codes

3) Delicious coffee and cuisine

SPL_Liz Sep 27, 2019

This is such a cute book! I don't read much romance but I loved Dimple, a geeky, headstrong young woman with serious career abmitions. Her parents miraculously allow her to attend Insomnia Con, a six week coding camp which could lead to her dream of developing an app with her professional idol Jenny Lindt. When she arrives, she finds out her parents have sent her there in an attempt to hook her up with a potential husband, Rishi Patel. As the conference goes on and they are paired together on the Insomnia Con project, Dimple comes to see him in a new light. A cute read, sprinkled with Hindi words and traditions, and a diverse cast of characters, this novel will caputre your heart. Recommended for geek girls, Bollywood fans, and anyone who's ever felt misunderstood by their parents.

STPL_JessH Sep 19, 2019

Menon writes with humour, intellect, and spirit. I'm a big fan!

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penelopegomez
Sep 04, 2019

I authentically really enjoyed reading this book. This story is about an Indian girl who's parents have set her up with an Arranged Marriage! Dimple is 100% against the union to a boy named Rishi. She just wants to be a regular American girl moving away to college and studying. I really loved the cultural diversity aspect of this novel. The main character Dimple was also very relatable! If you just want a sappy, romantic read with a happy ending, this is the book for you. It's just good vibes all around. I will defiantly be recommending this book again around Valentine's day.

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onepandella
Aug 21, 2019

To Dimple Shah's surprise, her parents allow her to attend a summer coding program in San Francisco that she's always dreamed of attending. But what she doesn't know is that her parents have arranged for her 'future husband', Rishi Patel, to attend the same program. When they meet, they realize they're each other's complete opposite in every way. However, as they spend more time together and get to know one another, they fall for each other and realize what love really is.

2/5 : Many people give this book shit for being poorly execute, while many others praise this book for being a cute summer love story. This book, to me, falls in the middle. The beginning had a promising setup and it was, at first, a lighthearted summer romance story. Then about two thirds of the way in, the characters and the plot were completely different from what I read in the synopsis. This simply wasn't what I expected. The writing was cheesy and overall I would not recommend.

I was sold on the first chapter at first. I thought Dimple was this headstrong, ambitious girl that was ready to finally showcase her hard work and prove to her parents what she was capable of. It was a promising setup for a YA romance. But... when Dimple and Rishi immediately found out about their arranged marriage, (and while I appreciate they didn't dance around the whole 'arranged marriage' thing for the whole novel) part of me was disappointed because all of that tension immediately dissolved. I thought this book would embrace the arranged marriage concept more, but after they found out it wasn't all that special and read like any other YA romance. Dimple's character was inconsistent, however I really like Rishi because he seems like someone I would be friends with in real life. Anyway, this book fell flat when the talent show arc came around. It made absolutely no sense why a coding camp, filled with web developers, would host a talent show in the middle of their program. Also, Ashish and Celia's subplot thing was so stupid. The ending felt forced, like they were forced to get back together after that really unclear break up. However, I appreciate the diversity in this book. I liked how Rishi's values were deeply rooted in his culture, representing more traditional/eastern values oppose to Dimple's modern/western values. It's not something you find in most YA books. I really like how he was rooted in his parent's values and honoring his family.... but then he kind of threw it all away?!? It's not that I disapprove of him going to art school, rather...to me, it felt like he suddenly changed all of his values and morals because Dimple called him a 'coward', because Dimple made him feel like his values are wrong (which is a whole other debate I'm not commenting on). And after reading from such a traditional perspective for 300 pages... it was disappointing to see it all thrown away in.

What I Take From This: Live your own life. Don't worry about following accidentally living the wrong life or about only living the life you've planned for; just life your own life. It's yours. Follow your passion. Also, good diversity and representation in YA is important.

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Caitlin78
Jun 11, 2019

Very lukewarm romance

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AConsolver
Sep 06, 2018

4 Stars - I recommend if you are looking for a contemporary read with diverse voices and endearing characters. I particularly loved the commentary on the "American Dream" and how the characters found their places within that.

This novel follows Dimple, a Indian girl who has just graduated from high school. She's been accepted to Stanford and cannot wait to start her life in web design. She's shocked that her parents are letting her go to Stanford, and even more so when they agree to let her go to a summer coding camp at SFSU. Rishi is the oldest son in his family, he's traditional, a romantic, a pragmatist, and so ready to meet his "future wife", Dimple. When he shows up at coding camp and tells her as much, she throws iced coffee in his face. When they're paired together for the coding project they'll challenge each other's ideas of tradition and bravery.

I just loved this book! I loved that this book had main characters from a culture different than my own and gave more representation to POC in the YA genre. I loved the balance between Indian family tradition and the American dream. It was so fun to read these characters and watch them learn from one another. I also loved that Dimple was into tech, and Rishi was into art. I feel like this book does a really nice job of challenging traditional cultural, societal, religious, gender, etc. etc. roles in a very thoughtful way. I loved reading Rishi's commentary on beliefs and religion, when asked why he says, "Oh my gods" instead of "Oh my god". (long quote, but I loved it):

"This is how it works in the US: In the spring we are constantly subjected to bunnies and eggs wherever we go, signifying Christ's resurrection. Then right around October we begin to see pine trees and nativity scenes and laughing fat white men everywhere. Christian iconography is all over the place, constantly in our faces, even in casual conversation. This is the bible of comic book artists...He had a come to Jesus moment, all of that stuff. So this is my way of saying, Hey, maybe I believe something a little different. And every time someone asks me why 'gods,' I get to explain Hinduism."

This is the one that really got me though:

"I feel like I need to speak out, because if no one speaks out, if no one says, This is me, this is what I believe in, and this is why I'm different, and this is why that's okay, then what's the point? What's the point of living in this beautiful, great melting pot where everyone can dare to be anything they want to be?"

Wow, right?! What a statement, what a truth. I've felt that way so much (in the past year especially), when did America stop being proud that we are a "great melting pot, where everyone can dare to be anything they want to be"? I'm still proud. That's the America I believe in, so to read it put into words so well had my heart beaming. Thank you, Sandhya Menon.

My only complaint was that I wish there was a bit more explanation on the phrases and words that were in Hindi. Sometimes they were translated, sometimes I could get the gist, but I wanted to know what they meant all the way through the book. I'm just like that. I'm the one who always wants to translate everything, and use all the footnotes, etc. I did however, appreciate that she used Hindi. It really made it feel authentic to hear these families and characters speaking in a Hindi-English hybrid. I also appreciated the author's colorful phrasing, "Aberzombie" and "Douche Nozzle" were particularly delightful. LOL

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fireboltstorm
Aug 16, 2018

Really cute and fluffy! made me a cry a little

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reshmitham
Jul 08, 2020

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readingfairy
Jan 28, 2019

Sexual Content: The two main characters have sex and other teens talk about having "hooked up". There's a good amount of kissing. I mean, it is a romance.

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