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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
I really enjoyed this book. As a novel that doesn't stray too far from the YA romance tropes it relies on, it managed to buck some of those stereotypes (e.g. broken family, dark and brooding male lead, helpless woman, etc.) that make modern readers roll their eyes. It also showcases the Indian-American culture of the two main characters with a lot of respect and grace, which I appreciate. I want a movie!
I really enjoyed this. I'm not a huge fan of romantic comedies but I very much liked this lighthearted, nerdy, arranged marriage plot starring two Indian teenagers.
Dimple isn't interested in marriage. She'd about to start university and she just wants to win this massive coding competition as a step up to pursuing her dreams. Rishi is all for an arranged marriage as pleasing his parents and being a good and proper son is very important to him. His younger brother isn't going to do it, after all.
Their first meeting is memorable for all the wrong reasons but is endearing, as the two of them are through the whole novel. There are traditions and cultures at work here but also sexism, consent, tech culture, and that wonderful thing called life. Even when it gets serious everything is dealt with lightly. The book never forgets what it is.
I loved it and highly recommend it to everyone.
Enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. Great story. Ended up loving the characters as the story went on. Loved the moments with their families. It was a nice read. Very happy so many people told me I should read this.
Really enjoyed this... quick and fun read
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