May 29, 2017 by Zoë
Dimple is excited to get away from her parents for a while and attend a program for web developers. What she doesn’t expect is meeting Rishi, who her parents have agreed she’ll eventually marry. Rishi is excited, Dimple much less so. In When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, find out what happens over the course of one summer.
This book is being marketed as a fun romantic comedy, which is exactly what you get. Those types of books aren’t necessarily my thing, because they can end up being far too simple with no character development at all, but this one turned out surprisingly well. Dimple and Rishi are both interesting characters, and while parts of their story are quite cliché, overall it was rewarding to follow their story. While the point was the romance, there were enough other things going on that I had fun and was invested.
Also, of course, it’s great to see books focused on non-white characters. While I was hoping for a more typical look at an arranged marriage, I thought that how things played out in this particular novel worked really well. There definitely is an arranged marriage, but Dimple and Rishi are still their own people living in the modern world. It was interesting to see all of that play out.
There’s a rivalry set up between the rich, popular people and our protagonists. I didn’t think this played out particularly well. While it’s fine to have that sort of rivalry, the popular people weren’t developed at all well, so it wasn’t a very satisfying or interesting rivalry.
The plot overall is also very predictable, but it’s cute to see how things progress with Dimple and Rishi, even if you know what’s going to happen. Despite seeing everything coming, I kept reading and really enjoyed this book.
This is a fun, light beach read. If you’re looking for a romantic comedy that isn’t as vapid as so many of the other books out there, then this is for you!
“Yeah, but I didn’t come to America,” Dimple interrupted, darting a defiant glance at all the shoppers. “I was born here. This is my home. This is my culture.”
I received an electronic copy of this book through Edelweiss for this review.