When Dimple Met Rishi
Summary:Meet Dimple. Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.
Meet Rishi. He's rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she's got other plans...
Told from the dual perspectives of two Indian American protagonists, Dimple is fighting her family traditions while Rishi couldn't be happier to follow in the footsteps of his parents. Could sparks fly between this odd couple, or is this matchmaking attempt doomed to fail?
There are some books that just leave you with a smile on your face. When Dimple Met Rishi is, without a doubt, one of those books. It is an extremely cute story that is a nice escape from reality for a few hours.
The story follows two Indian-American teenagers – Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel – who are pushed together in their parents’ hopes for an arranged marriage in the future. When the two meet at a web design conference, they find it increasingly difficult to deny the attraction between them.
Dimple Shah wants to leave the strict rule of her traditional Indian parents and peruse her true passion: web design. She wants nothing to do with romance or marriage. Dimple is extremely intelligent and driven and is extremely easy to relate to.
Rishi Patel is an unapologetic romantic who wants to make his parents proud, and leaps at the chance to try to woo the stubborn Dimple. Rishi is an extremely charming and instantly likeable character who I enjoyed.
The relationship between Dimple and Rishi was a bit quick to develop, but it was still extremely enjoyable nonetheless. The banter between the two is extremely entertaining and fun to read.
If anything, there were a few subplots that felt rather unnecessary and cliche: a clique of stereotypical high school bullies and some melodramatic teenage drama to start. The book would have been much more cohesive if these elements were deleted or toned down.
Ultimately, though, this is a great story for when you just need a book to cheer you up and put a smile on your face. The praise it has received is certainly warranted, and it is a great addition to the collection of YA books with diverse main characters.