Monday, July 24, 2017

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Released May 30, 2017
Bought on Kindle
Rating: 3.5/5

Summary

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 (Summary from Goodreads).

Review

This book is hard to rate because I REALLY loved the first 75%, but the last quarter was just okay.  As you guys know, I love a good ship.  The building of Dimple and Rishi's relationship was so freakin' cute that I had feels for days! As you can see by the summary, Dimple and Rishi's parents arranged for the two to eventually get married.  While Rishi is 100% on board with this, Dimple has other plans to pursue her dream of becoming a successful web developer and creating a life-changing app (yaaas you go girl).  I won't spoil anything, but the scene where the two meet for the first time was so cute, and I knew from then on that this would be an adorable ship.

The writer did such a great job of building the romance between Dimple and Rishi.  Despite Dimple's goals and initial unwillingness to date Rishi, she could not resist how nice and supportive he is.  I need to seriously stop reading books like this because it gives me unrealistic expectations of men. A lot of reviewers thought the romance built too quickly.  I didn't think this while reading the book, but in hindsight, it did seem rather fast.

I tend to rate higher when I experience a lot of feels, even if I know the writing isn't the best. However, I ended up at 3.5 because some things felt a little off.  For instance, a random talent show in the middle of this app contest supposedly makes winner more likely to win the app contest.  I just think the app contest should be solely based on the app, not the talent show.  The talent show was probably placed in the story just to incorporate an Indian dance between Dimple and Rishi.

After Dimple and Rishi got together, the story slowed down for me.  After all, the best part of a ship is the chase! I did like that we got to see what their relationship was like as a couple, because a lot of YA books end when they get together.  I liked seeing how they made decisions together and worked through problems.  The rest of the story just dragged for me and was a bit predictable.  Something causes the two to fight and split apart, both decide to pursue their dreams, both realize they still love each other, and they live happily ever after.

Overall, it was nice to read another cute and fluffy contemporary with diverse characters.  I liked googling the Indian references and traditions to get a better idea of Dimple and Rishi's backgrounds. I feel like there is more I wanted to say, but this book took me a month to read for some reason and I honestly can't remember a lot of the details.  I think fans of Anna and the French Kiss would really enjoy this!
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