REVIEW: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (Dimple and Rishi, #1)

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family—and 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—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 gravitating 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.

Goodreads rating: 3.7/5🌟

My rating: 3.2/5🌟

The story started off good. Dimple Shah was not exactly the best main character, but she wasn’t all bad too. She was kind and empathetic, and she had her life goals too, which was to be a coder. What annoyed me was how Menon tried so hard to tell her readers how different Dimple was–she did NOT wear makeup, she did not want to get into an arranged marriage to the Ideal Indian Husband (IIH) that her parents had chosen for her (which was valid), and…she was just not like other girls.

Rishi, on the other hand, was perfect. He was kind, smart, rich, and totally whipped for Dimple. He was Dimple’s IIH.

Fine, I was squealing and giggling like an idiot in the cute moments of them two before they started dating. But after a while, it was too much for me. I was expecting them to have a more innocent love, but they ended up not being able to get their hands off each other in desperate need of a room. Not to mention, their PDA was a little over the top–which was not to my liking.

However, as a Bollywood fan myself, I got so excited every time a Bollywood reference was given. From Shahrukh Khan to Hrithik Roshan to Priyanka Chopra to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge to Krrish, I admit, those moments when they were mentioned were golden to me. Also I praised Menon for trying to include as many Hindi dialogues as possible while at the same time ensuring the non-Hindi speaker readers to understand what the characters were saying.

All in all, I did enjoy the first half of the book, but honestly, so many things could be improved. I don’t think I will be reading the sequels, though.


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