Book Review: "When Dimple Met Rishi" by Sandhya Menon

Talking about popular books is hard. On one hand, you might hate them and write a negative review. And let me tell you, people will hate you for that. They will demand your head on a spike. The other scenario is that you like the book and have only good things to say about it. But you`ll soon realise that you prefer the spike. Because obviously, you`re not going to say anything original. Everything`s been done and said, so your review is pointless.You should change your name and profession, forget about being a book blogger. OK, now I am exaggerating. As you might have guessed from the title and the long rant, today I`ll be reviewing "When Dimple Met Rishi" by Sandhya Menon.
When Dimple Met Rishi

Dimple and Rishi are two Indian-American teens who couldn't be more different. Dimple is stubborn and very passionate about her future career. She sees some of her culture`s traditions sexist and because of that, she never felt a part of the community. Rishi, on the other hand, is the golden boy who would do anything to please his parents. He`s very proud of his Indian heritage. Because their parents are friends, they suggest an arranged marriage. While Rishi knows all about it and is on board, Dimple is kept in the dark. As you might have guessed, we have all the ingredients for a cute rom-com. Because this book is so popular, I won`t go that much into details. Both Dimple and Rishi attend the same summer programme at Stanford University. Their first meeting does not go well at all. But as they become friends, they start to develop feelings for each other.

Instead of talking about the plot, I want to focus on some of the controversies. Especially the arranged marriage part. It really bugs me that people are throwing a fit without reading the book first. Because their parents are not forcing them to get married. They just think that they might be compatible and arrange for them to meet. That`s it! How is that different from when your friends or relatives set you up with someone? It might work, but if not, nobody is chopping off their heads. Obviously, I am not Indian and I cannot speak from experience. But I have Indian friends and have asked for their opinion. And they were OK with the representation. Some setups work, others don`t.

I also don`t agree with people calling Dimple rude based on the first meeting. Rishi goes to her and calls her "future wife" at which point Dimple throws a drink to his face. If a guy comes to you out of nowhere, how would you react? I do think that Dimple has strong opinions and is sometimes difficult, but I think people are too harsh with her. She actually reminds me a lot of myself when I was young. I myself was focused on my career and thought that love would drag me down. And I met my husband the first year of Uni and was sometimes horrible to him. First relationships tend to freak out people.

Maybe people feel this way about Dimple because you see her in contrast with Rishi. I`m trying to find a reason for all the hate. But yeah, Rishi`s such a precious guy. He`s nerdy and adorable and everything you want your first love to be. He`d do anything to make Dimple happy and I wish there were more characters like him in YA books. Cause I am tired of girls falling for d-bags. I also loved seeing the struggled between what he wants and what his parents want. It was very interesting to see these two different family dynamics. In the end, no matter how different, these parents wanted the best for their kids.

As some of you might be aware, I hate insta-love. But with this book, I could sense the connection between Rishi and Dimple. It felt natural and convincing. I also loved that it was an own voice novel and that we got to learn more about Indian culture. I`d say that the writing felt a bit too simplistic sometimes, but it did not bother me that much. In the end, I gave this book 5 stars.




6 comments :

  1. I loved learning more about the Indian culture with this book and Rishi was a sweet character for sure.

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    1. Yeah, if I was 10 years younger I`d have such a crush on Rishi:))

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  2. I really loved this book so much - it was sweet, relatable and I loved the characters so much. I also didn't agree about Dimple seeming rude when they first met, she reacted in such a "normal" way for that situation.

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    1. I knoooooow! I was rolling my eyes so hard when I was reading some of the Goodreads reviews. Dimple had such a normal reaction.

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  3. Yeah... people don't seem to get that having a strange man approach you and tell you that you're going to be his future wife is what literal nightmares are made of. I definitely agree that Dimple seems a little more harsh in contrast to Rishi but that's what makes them such a great couple! They're not similar but they're just similar enough (if that makes sense xD)
    Lovely review <3

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    1. I absolutely agree. And yeah, Dimple is harsh, but she`s still a sweet person. The way she cared about her Papa melt my heart.

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