I recently read From Twinkle, With Love and liked it, so I thought I’d give When Dimple Met Rishi a shot. I am so glad that I did because I liked it even more than I liked Twinkle!
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.
I’m kind of surprised that I gave a YA contemporary 5/5 stars, but here I go doing it! When Dimple Met Rishi had it all: romance, conflict, an amazing female protagonist, a multi-dimensional male protagonist, and great friend/family dynamics.
From the moment Dimple and Rishi met I knew this would be a fun and interesting read. It was a hilarious not-so-cute meet cute. I loved that the characters were both from the same kind of traditional family but had very different ways of interpreting and living by this tradition. This conflict made Dimple and Rishi’s evolving relationship so much more realistic, and it really made me want to keep reading to see how it would play into the larger plot of the book.
I love YA books that explore more than just romance. When Dimple Met Rishi explores family conflict in different contexts as well as friend dynamics. Even more than that, it delves into growing up and the pressures we feel as we change and become more self-defined individuals. I think the author did a fantastic job of telling the story of two incoming college freshmen from similar families and giving them completely different personalities, attitudes and behaviors, and mindsets.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I can either love or hate shifting POVs. In this case, I loved that both Dimple and Rishi got to lend their own voice to the story. The author does a great job of breaking the POVs up when it feels most natural. It isn’t a rigid every other paragraph change, which can quickly become tedious and boring. Instead, she switches POV and transitions into the same moment in the story but from the other’s POV. This makes it still feel like a back and forth between the characters even if they are just thinking rather than talking. It definitely helped to keep me hooked and to feel like the pacing of the book was steady and consistent.
I know I’m a bit late on the game for this book, but for those of you who have had it on your TBR lists for years (like me, oops), you should definitely bump it up and give it a shot! The cover and summary might make it sound cheesy, but it is really a sweet, more than meets the eye kind of book.