Whew. Guys, I had to sleep on this book last night. I set a new record. I started When Dimple Met Rishi on Tuesday and finished it last night (Thursday). That’s insane! But I think that just goes to show how good of a book it is.
I’m about to copy and paste what Amazon has on their website as the description of the book, so beware.
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 loved this book. While reading it I found myself giggling to some of the things Dimple was saying. With how headstrong her character was and how she knew how different she was for loving coding but she never let that deter her, or the boys bullying her. She loved what she did and she wasn’t about to give up her dream of meeting her idol and winning this coding contest.
Besides the fact that this book has a ton of STEM references in it, I love the way it’s written. It alternates between Rishi’s pov and Dimple’s pov. The way these two dialogues work together to form the story is amazing.
Not only that, I love how selfless they are when it comes to furthering one another. I don’t want to spoil the entirety of this book, but it’s really cute what they do for each other.
Another thing that I loved was learning a little bit more about the Indian-American/American-Indian culture and this book gave slight insight to that, but it wasn’t one of the big themes except for when it came to them talking about their relationship and what they want; to please each other or their parents.
This is yet another book I’m recommending as a good summer read, but I will recommend it be read whenever you can get your hands on it, any season.
Thanks for reading!