Micro review: When Dimple Met Rishi is a refreshing YA romance

1 year ago TNN 0

Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi is a refreshing Young Adult romance, providing the reader with much-needed delight during a stressful day. A tale of two first generation Indian-American teens with an arranged marriage looming large over their head, this story is a laugh riot and utterly heartwarming.

Eighteen-year-old Dimple Shah is a breath of fresh year who has it all figured out. She’s about to attend Stanford but her mother relentlessly tries to mould her into a traditional Indian woman, suggesting that Dimple’s college degree is needed only to gain herself a good husband. Dimple’s protests and resentments get a jolt when her over-protective parents agree to let her spend her summer at a web developing camp at San Francisco. It is there that she meets Rishi, 18, old-fashioned, aspiring MIT graduate, who is the very guy Dimple’s parents have set her up with. But clearly, this doesn’t go well with Dimple and she tries to break off this possible betrothal. But through a course of actions, they become friends and it gets undeniable that Rishi and Dimple share a fantastic chemistry. But Dimple’s liking for Rishi is hindered only by the fact that she doesn’t want romance to ruin her career. The rest of the book, is Rishi trying to win her over with swoon and mush.

The reader might notice, in the midst of all the mush and swoon, that Dimple’s character faces a rupture as she turns from an independent, confident woman to a confused, nervous person. But maybe, this what love does to someone. It weakens and strengthens at the same time. When Dimple Met Rishi is an enjoyable read with a satisfying plot and ending. Sandhya Menon’s debut is a romantic comedy you wouldn’t feel guilty reading.

When Dimple Met Rishi is a New York Times bestseller.

How critics view the book:

Kirkus Reviews writes about the book, “Heartwarming, empathetic, and often hilarious—a delightful read.”

Entertainment Weekly writes, “Full of warm characters and sweet romance, fans of contemporary young adult novels will want to pull up a chair and read all about When Dimple Met Rishi.”

Publisher’s Weekly writes, “Romance-loving readers will celebrate the ways that Rishi and Dimple learn to respect and appreciate their Indian heritage and traditions but also manage to go their own way.”

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