Review: WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page Count: 384
Release Date: May 30th, 2017

Confession: I am a sucker for a good rom-com.  Give me a sparkling happy time, the will-they-or-won’t-they (and we all totally know they will) and that final magical conclusion when our two lovers FINALLY are able to overcome all obstacles for that dazzling last kiss, and you will have me squealing on the couch.  Despite a passion for all things sci-fi and fantasy, YOU’VE GOT MAIL remains my most-watched movie to this day.  So it was an absolute delight to finally get to read WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon.

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Dimple is an Indian girl in America, trying to keep her sights set on college and computer programming while her mother is forever trying to find her the perfect Indian husband.  Dimple isn’t against marriage – she just doesn’t want it to come between her, her education, and her eventual career goals.  So when she discovers that her parents only agreed to send her to a summer program for coders because they were setting her up with a boy, Dimple is understandably a little upset.

Said boy is poor Rishi, who believes in tradition and love and is convinced that meeting Dimple is the start of a beautiful courtship.  Unaware that Dimple is being blindsided, Rishi rushes headfirst into this meet-cute – which of course becomes a meet-disaster.  Although it looks like the two would-be lovers will be at each others throats, they eventually have to admit that they do kind of like each other, a revelation which only leads to further complications.

This is the point where the traditional rom-com is elevated by Ms. Menon’s exploration of tradition in a younger generation.  While Dimple and Rishi get over their initial surface conflicts, they find themselves debating their respective relationship with their parents.  Rishi is all about obeying and being the dutiful son, especially as his younger brother seems determined to blow off those responsibilities.  Dimple, while she loves her parents, is set on living life her way.  These discussions ground the story without overly weighing it down.

Like all rom-coms, you know where this story is going to end up, but that’s hardly a criticism.  It’s the perfect summer fluff (and that cover always makes me want to reach for a iced beverage on a warm day). If you’re looking for an uplifting story to balance out your YA dystopias, this one is for you!  Enjoy it, and then join me in waiting for the follow up book THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE, arriving Summer 2019.

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