No spoilers in this review of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. It was a good book! I give it 4 stars. I’m usually more of a high fantasy and sci-fi type of gal, but I pick up contemporaries here and there. Then I usually give up on them and put them right back down. 😉 WDMR, however, captured my attention from the beginning with the fun story line and the great banter between the title characters.
Dimple, a recent high school graduate, is nothing like her traditional Indian parents. She wants to break the mold of her family’s expectations and be a career-driven woman. Her parents, on the other hand, hope she settles down with a nice Indian boy as soon as possible. She’s shocked when they agree to let her spend six weeks of her summer at Insomnia Con, an app creation competition at San Francisco State University. Little does she know, Rishi, the boy they want her to marry, is headed to Insomnia Con, too.
Dimple and Rishi have a chance meeting right away, and it doesn’t go well. And Dimple is furious when she discovers the reason her parents agreed to let her go to Insomnia Con. She feels like they don’t take her passions seriously and don’t understand the choices she wants to make in life. Then Dimple and Rishi get paired together to work on app development, and she discovers he’s nothing like she expected. Even though Rishi agrees with his parents and their traditional ideals, he’s fun, smart, and just an all-around great guy. Can the two of them have a future together, especially one that doesn’t involve immediate marriage like their parents are trying to arrange?
This book was so cute and so sweet!!! I enjoyed learning about Dimple and Rishi’s culture and family values. I loved both of them (especially Rishi!) and how their personalities complimented each other so well. These two dominate the majority of the plot, but Dimple’s roommate and Rishi’s brother provide a few diversions. I also liked the idea of the Insomnia Con competition and how Menon set it all up as well as the little surprises she sprinkled throughout the book, especially Rishi’s hidden talent.
The main characters made many missteps along the way relationship-wise, but they were appropriate and in line with their age and the complications of first love. I was only truly disappointed in Dimple and Rishi once, when they made a mutual decision that went against the morals and ideals they with which they were both raised. But overall it was fun to watch their relationship attempt to blossom.
I recommend WDMR to readers who love a good YA contemporary and even to those of you who (like me) only occasionally pick one up. These characters are worth reading about! Do Dimple and Rishi win Insomnia con? Do they get their happy ending? There’s only one way to find out! 😉
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