When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

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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: 9781481478700
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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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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erinandllama
Jul 05, 2018

Boring. I find myself unable to finish it.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 27, 2018

I would definitely recommend the book "When Dimple Met Rishi". This heartwarming, funny and romantic book takes readers to a real-world experience while still allowing us to know the world better, to change our perspectives and to get us out of our comfort zones without really moving. The book will still be enjoyable to someone who is not originating from India. This book will take you on a roller coaster of love, excitement, and fun, all while relating to the characters a little more with each situation. Readers will learn to open up to new experiences and cultures, all while reading this amazing book! I enjoyed learning something new about the Indian culture! Readers will leave this novel with a huge desire to learn more and to, especially, watch more Bollywood movies. I think this story would be enjoyable for Indian readers and non-Indian readers alike. There's so much to love about the way this culture is presented. Overall, this book was fantastic. It made me laugh, it made me happy and it made me emotional. I'm really thankful I experienced this awesome thrill! Rating: 5/5
- @EMBookWorm14 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

This charming and interesting book centers around tradition, cultural norms, and typical teenage angst as two young Indian adults are “nudged” towards falling in love. Rishi knows what he wants, and in many ways, he is a hopeless romantic who is very open to love. On the other hand, Dimple is still trying to find herself and develop her interests without her parents barging in. This leads to many ups and downs as Dimple and Rishi attend the same summer program and begin to get to know each other. This book is full of awkward and cute moments that will either resonate with you or cause you to look at things in a new perspective. I would rate this book 4/5 stars and recommend it to those who love cheesy romance novels.
- @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This book is extremely adorable. I 100% loved this book. I was reading a lot of sad stories lately, and not gonna lie I didn’t really like this fiction. But I love this book so much, one of my favourites now. It's cute, funny, and romantic. Dimple and Rishi are two people who were arranged to be married some time in the future by their parents. But Dimple wasn't aware. Rishi is, well, aware and on board. He sees her sitting drinking star bucks, comes up to her and says “hey future wife” she throws her coffee at him and thinks he’s a creep. The story continues as they start to fall in love with each other, and get away from their Indian traditions. IT IS an extremely cute story. Rating: 11/10 (10/10)
- @Book_Hero of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeSusanW Jun 06, 2018

I thought I'd like this book more than I did, since I've enjoyed many Indian writers and there are some able ones out there writing for teens, including Kavita Daswani, one of my favorites. Plus as a bonus, Menon is local and I wanted to lend support. "When Dimple Met Rishi" is a sweet love story but not much more to it.

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stephaniejoanna
May 29, 2018

An adorable love story ... cute without being unbearably cheesy; laugh out loud funny and heavy on the girl power. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a lighthearted read.

DBRL_DanaS Apr 30, 2018

Romance books (especially teen ones) aren't usually my jam, but I'm glad I picked this one up for task 10 of the Read Harder Challenge: a romance by/about a person of color. Both Dimple and Rishi are likable and relatable characters, with a cute love story minus any excessive teen angst.

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PinesandPrejudice
Feb 07, 2018

Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes! What a positive and healthy portrayed relationship!

Can we start with the fact that there is a relationship where two people SUPPORT each other by pushing one another and encouraging their dreams and pursuits? They challenge each other and listen to each other and it's flippin beautiful.

Also, they talked about sex! In a positive, healthy way. They actually discussed whether they were ready and their feelings. And it wasn't the stereotypical "boy wants sex and girl is not ready". It was actually flipped! The girl was pursuing her sexuality, and not in a slutty way, and Rishi wasn't ready. He was man enough to tell her and she was woman enough to listen, but still ask for what she wanted. It was beautiful! I was shouting with happiness in my car when I was listening to the audiobook (which was great by the way).

Finally, there were actual family relationships! The tension between Dimple and her parents and Rishi and his, along with his brother, were realistic and important to the plot! They rounded out the characters and dealt with relatable issues while tying in the culture of the characters.

Now after all my raving about how happy I was with this book, the ONLY reason it wasn't five stars was the fact that despite the slow development of the relationship, I still feel like it happened very fast and the hated the whole "run to catch each other, airport-style" ending scene. But man! I loved this book. What a great new contemporary. I can't wait for From Twinkle, With Love!

ginafeil Feb 04, 2018

New York Times and national Indie bestseller, Sandhya Menon tells a modern story of how two Indian American teens feel about the idea of having their parents arrange their marriages, especially since the teens have opposing views on love & marriage, fate, and tradition.

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AddyS13
Nov 15, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the spirited characters and plot. The presentation of Indian culture was wonderful. However, as an American Indian, I would like to clarify that not all of us have arranged marriages or misogynist mothers. The Indian mothers I know are very inspiring for their daughters. They work in corporate jobs and support their daughters to do the same.

Really loved the story though. Dimple reminds me so much of myself and Rishi is such a lovable character!

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