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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: 1st June 2017
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Meet Dimple.

Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.

Meet Rishi.

He’s rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she’s got other plans…


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.

This book is damn cute.

When Dimple Met Rishi is, in many ways, a pretty standard contemporary YA novel, with hilarious hijinks, serious issues and scenarios, and sometimes dramatic but realistic portrayal of a heterosexual teen relationship. But it’s also so much more than that.

It’s not conventional, it’s not the standard, it’s actually telling a story that is not often told; the lives of two Indian-American teenagers, fighting for their place in a society which is fighting against them, whether it be the colour of their skin, their class, or their gender.

Dimple is a talented coder, whose dream is to win a competition that would have her present an app idea to a top revolutionary in the techie world, and we see her struggle in a world of rich white kids who get ahead of her for reasons that shouldn’t matter when it comes to succeeding in the industry.
Rishi comes from tradition, a religious family who only wants what’s best for him, and that’s an arranged marriage with a girl he barely knows. We see the difference in generations, especially on a topic that’s considered really controversial in the Western world and are offered a different perspective which I really enjoyed.

I loved Dimple and Rishi’s back and forth and the way they worked together despite their initial meeting and how caring and respectful they were of each other. And it was actually nice to see a contemporary love interest that wasn’t a dick disguised as an unobtainable mystery (nice one Rishi!).

This book comes out pretty soon, so if you’re looking out for a summery contemporary that’s not a complete U turn from the formula you already love, but still a turn into a new, diverse direction, then When Dimple Met Rishi should be on you TBR!

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  1. Kate (Reading Through Infinity)

    June 23, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    I’m SO glad you enjoyed this, it’s such a cute and funny read. I definitely agree that it breaks typical YA contemporary genre conventions, and that’s part of the reason I loved it so much. I gave it 4 stars too, so clearly we share the same hive mind. 😉 Great review my lovely!

  2. Breeny's Books

    July 8, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed this book! I loved it as well. I felt that it broke a lot of stereotypes, which was so awesome. Great review!

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

  3. Em

    July 30, 2017 at 1:14 am

    I’ve heard so many mixed reactions about this book, and I haven’t been able to bring myself to pick it up. But I definitely want to now!! Great review!

  4. delphinethebabbler

    August 21, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Wonderfully written review! Aside from all the clichés of the book that I found to be a bit irritating at times I really enjoyed Menon’s writing and the way she was able to introduce Indian culture and values into the plot. And the romance between Dimple and Rishi was absolutely adorable!
    I look forward to reading more from you in the future… Happy Reading! 🙂

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