Book Review, Fiction

Review: When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi Book Cover When Dimple Met Rishi
Sandhya Menon
Young Adult Fiction, Romance
Simon and Schuster
May 30, 2017


"When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents' obsession with "marriage prospects" but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him."

I had to take a breather from high fantasy and a nice contemporary romance was just the thing. For some reason I keep wanting to switch the two names around. When Rishi met Dimple. No real impact, but it’s just stuck in my head that way.

Now as expected this story was incredibly sugar sweet, but not so much that it made me wince. The two characters are opposites in how they treat their passion in a career sense. The one fighting for it, while the other thinking it is something to give up. Interestingly they are the reverse when it comes to their love life.

I mostly liked Dimple although there were some things that she and I would disagree on. But she is a strong willed woman who loves programming. So extra points from me. 
Rishi struggle between his art and his obligation was touching as I’m sure it is to anyone who had to make similar career/personal choices.
The book looks at arraigned marriage from different perspectives and keeps it respectful. The romance formula done by the book and is perfect for doing so. Even when it gets super cheesy.
There are some life lessons about choosing your friends well. This was an area in which the story was very on the nose and quite forced at times. The ‘bad friends’ were very stereotypical and very clearly sign posted as “the cool kids who are not good for you.” When things turn inevitably sour, it’s not much of a surprise. Fortunately this is more of a side plot and does not subtract from the romance.
Then there is a beautiful family dynamic showing conflict and love without getting dark or angsty.
It was light, a little bit fluffy and sweet. So, it was a lightly toasted marshmallow of a book and I enjoyed every bite.

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