When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

by Sandhya Menon

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance
Published: May 30th 2017
by Simon and Schuster




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.


39 thoughts on “When Dimple Met Rishi

  1. I’ve been wanting to read this one! I’ve been debating whether to pick this book or not yet when I went to a book fair few days ago. Now, I think I’ll have to put it up on my to-buy list. I like me some light reads! Great review!

  2. Yaaaay, I’m so happy you loved this… also fantastic choice of gif πŸ˜‰
    I still haven’t read this yet and I kick myself every time because it looks adorable.
    I just love how Rishi is the romantic of the two, I hardly ever see this in YA which is a shame.
    Great review Zoe!

    Cody @ Literary-ly Obsessed

  3. I’ve seen so many great reviews for this book, but when I read it, I had a hard time getting into it and honestly would probably only rate it 3 stars for some of the reasons that you listed above, plus some others. I definitely agree that it is a great book for when you are in need of a pick-me-up, though!

  4. Great review. Glad to see you enjoyed this. It was a really good contemporary YA book, I think. I had a few issues getting Dimple and where her drive came from but that was mostly a me issue as I was not that focused at that age. I did like the representation in it and how Indian culture was portrayed and how it was growing up Indian American and having a dual identity to contend with.

  5. Okay, so I just skimmed your review because I still haven’t read this one. I have it on my shelf, but just need to make the time. Before the year ends, I will get to it. I’m so glad you enjoyed it though. I’m so excited to fall in love with these characters.

  6. This is a great review! I still haven’t read this one but I’ll definitely keep it in mind when I’m in the mood for something cute and refreshing to read! I think the whole high school bully trope is a little overdone at this point in YA but oh well. This still sounds good regardless! πŸ™‚

  7. This was a cute read but I didn’t love it as much as Everyone else did. I agree with the stereotypes and cliches and it was very similar to (and not as good as) Nothing But The Truth (and a few white lies) by Justina Chen Headley.

  8. Awesome review, Zoe! I’ve had this book on my TBR for a while, but your review makes me want to move it up on my list. There’s nothing I love more than a charming love interest that can keep up some witty banter!

  9. I loved this one too Zoe, so so much. I loved the whirlwind romance even being a little too intense a little too quickly. Completely agree about the mean kids trope, it would have been great to see healthy competition between people within the program without creating tension in what was seen to be between socioeconomic classes. Such a wonderful and heartwarming read nonetheless. So glad you enjoyed this one too Zoe, brilliant review! <3

  10. This book is definitely on my TBR because I don’t think I’ve seen one negative thing about it! Plus, I hardly ever read cute books and I think my reading life is in dire need of them. There are only so many dark and dramatic books you can take in a row, right?

    It’s a shame about the things you felt were unnecessary! I always feel like the high school drama subplots are unnecessary, but maybe that’s because I haven’t been in high school for a long time! That kind of drama stuff did happen so I suppose these books are being true to life when they include them.

    I’m glad you liked this one, Zoe πŸ˜€

  11. Haha, your GIF choice is perfection! πŸ˜€
    This book seriously was fluffy perfection. I fell in love with Rishi so quickly!
    But I definitely agree about the unnecessary and clichΓ© subplots. They frustrated me too and made me lower my overal rating.

  12. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, Zoe! I’ve been reading tons of mixed reviews and have no idea what to think… It’s certainly reassuring to know it’s a cute book, but nothing too deep or deserving of the tremendous hype. Well, not in the way I expected it to, anyway. I will save it for when I get into that sort of mood ^^
    Wonderful review! πŸ™‚

  13. Oh cute! I think I am going to keep this one as a ‘light and fluffy’ sort of standby when I want a happy book. πŸ™‚

    I like the sound of this one and I know it’s got a lot of great reviews so I think this is one of the YA contemps I need to see if they can redeem the genre for me.

    Great review!

  14. I definitely agree that this is a cliche book – but that’s pretty much Bollywood, hehe. πŸ˜€ Happy to see that you enjoyed it in the end though Zoe. (BTW, I’m loving the new look on the blog!! It looks so clean and simple <3 )

  15. AHHHHH loved this one so much as well! I agree that the subplots were a little bit iffy because of how trite they were, but one of my favorite parts of the book as well was the show of how Dimple and Rishi each handle racism, which was portrayed realistically and is hard to find in other novels. Glad you liked the story!

  16. I agree that the extra drama was unneeded, I think if the romance had been drawn out a little more and the Amberzombie subplot was reduced or removed it would’ve been a five star read for me. Totally agree though that the romance is sweet, and Rishi is totally dreamy! Great review. πŸ™‚

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