When Dimple Met Rishi – Published 2017
“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.” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
I really liked the authenticity of Indian-American culture. In particular, the pressures that are placed on young adults to get married and start a family while simultaneously wanting an education and to be on one’s own. I really felt for Dimple and how she just wanted to spread her wings and be herself but felt like she was also being pushed to get married and fit the role of a housewife. I also felt for Rishi who wanted that life of providing for a wife and family as well as wanted an education and to do his own thing outside of his family’s expectations.
I love that Rishi is into comics and drawing and that Dimple is into coding and web development. Two creative minds with two very strong personalities.
It was super cute and I totally get why people swoon over this one. It’s a story of culture, following the American Dream, patriarchy, young love and following one’s heart. I recommend this one!
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
I would love to hear from others on what they thought about the POV. I did not love third person and alternating Dimple/Rishi chapters; it didn’t seem necessary. If it’s an all-knowing narrator, why switch perspectives? That’s my one qualm with this book.
OVERALL RATING DUE SOLELY TO THE POV