Joint Review: When Dimple Met Rishi

Posted April 10, 2017 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

Joint Review: When Dimple Met RishiWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Published by Simon Pulse on May 30th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, romance
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
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 received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel are both recent high school graduates headed to a summer coding program in San Francisco. The big difference? Dimple is going because coding is in her soul, while Rishi is going to meet Dimple in hopes of a marriage arranged by their parents. Their first encounter is a disaster and spit-fire Dimple is bound to  win Insomnia Con without him dragging her down.

I’ve heard some say that the romantic pacing was a little “insta-lovey”, but I found their feelings to match those of regular teenagers and young adults. I thought their relationship was cute and some of the challenges they faced were relatable. I adored Rishi’s love of family and culture, and in contrast Dimple’s need for independence and desire to accomplish her dreams despite tradition. They balanced each other’s personalities well.

I thought the supporting characters, Ashish and Celia, added a lot to the story. They each had independent stories and unique personalities, but came together for Rishi and Dimple and each other. I loved the common ground the two brothers found after thinking they were so completely different. As a sister to 5, I know all about being night and day with a sibling and yet still seeing that there are times when we’re on the same team and I’ll never be alone in the world.

Cute, charming story. 4.5 stars from me!



Now contemporary books are not my usually fare. I’m much more picky and less forgiving about a contemporary romance than I am a fantasy. I love dark fantasy and horror so light romance is usually way too cutesy for me. I’m very hard to please.

When Dimple Met Rishi melted my icy black heart. It was so adorable. Dimple and Rishi have the perfect storybook meet cute. It is a hilarious disaster. They start out at odds and it was so much fun to watch their relationship blossom from there.

I loved the dichotomy of the characters. Rishi is a huge romantic. He believes in the tradition and culture that he was raised in and he wants to continue in his parent’s footsteps. Most of all, he grew up seeing their love and happiness in their arranged marriage and he wants that for himself. Dimple, on the other hand, feels trapped by the weight of tradition. She wants to have a career in technology and program apps that she is passionate about but she’s afraid that her dreams are in direct opposition to her parent’s plans for her.




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