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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
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When Dimple Met Rishi

by Sandhya Menon

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Adorable. Funny. A romance.

Dimple is ready to leave her parents. She loves them, but it’s time to move out on her own and pursue her own dreams of being a successful web developer. Her mother’s dream is for Dimple to marry the ideal Indian husband. Dimple considers herself American and not so much Indian, much to her mother’s dismay. Dimple doesn’t find the traditions interesting or something that should dictate or be part of her life. Not wealthy, Dimple hesitates to ask if she can attend a summer program for web developers in San Francisco because it costs $1000, which is a lot of money. She is shocked when her parents agree after she casually mentions it. Six weeks working on developing an app that she thinks will help people has Dimple excited! If she wins the competition, she gets to work with a famous developer who will help develop and sell the app.

Rishi is a very traditional Indian young man who loves his cultures and wants to please his parents because his younger brother doesn’t seem to care about anyone but himself. Rishi needs to honor the family traditions. His parents tell him about a girl they’ve arranged for him to meet and give him a photo in hopes of it working out to be an arranged marriage. He’ll be attending a summer program in San Francisco. After arriving on campus for the program, Rishi sees his beloved. It doesn’t go well.

This novel made me laugh out loud several times, and I smiled almost the entire time I read it. A few times I felt character’s actions were out of character, but I forgive these moments because it’s just a fun read. It would be a perfect summer book. There is also mature content which I didn’t find necessary to the plot for people who had been dating a mere three weeks. The novel is longer than one would think and you will wonder, “What is going to happen?” Ms. Menon takes the novel through a complete arc for a romance. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it to those wanting a mature romance. I’m not a huge fan of the cover. ( )
  acargile | Sep 21, 2018 |
A fizzy charmer of a YA romance that has a lot of things going for it.

A few things to weigh you're considering for yourself or a YA reader:

Protagonists are older teens who've recently graduated from high school. The story is set in the summer before college (they already know the schools they'll be attending) at a competitive, weeklong summer coding camp.

There's seamless diversity of the characters that is integral to the plot. The book deals with parent/child relationships as the child comes of age, arranged-marriages, staying true to self and your gifts despite others' preconceptions of and expectations for you, and more in a really kind, nonjudgmental and true (vs. Afterschool special episode message) kind of way.

The main story revolves around two protagonists and is told from their alternating points of view:

Dimple, a super-smart and career-minded girl coder who believes her conventional Indian parents don't get or appreciate her and often rebels against them and what she *assumes* they expect from her.

Rishi comes from an affluent family, yet values tradition and the input of his parents, both in finding a wife and in his school/career choices.

Known to Rishi, but unbeknownst to Dimple, the two are intentionally sent to the coding workshop with their parents wanting them to meet in hopes that they're a match. Their first meeting doesn't go according to plan; but, then they're assigned as a team and have to work together to have a shot at winning the coding contest.

The characters are written as if they're real people, not at all one-dimensional. The trials and challenges ring very true to this stage of life - social norms, bullying, relationships, emotional connection and are handled in a sensitive way.

I'd give this book a pretty gentle PG rating. There's minimal cursing. There are a couple of sex 'scenes,' but these are both very non-graphic, age-appropriate, and respectfully treated. One of them, if anything, may be a little too reverent (not that it goes on too long or into too much detail, but it's maybe a bit more fairytale and not the way most teen boys/girls operate hormonally). Really, it's acceptable for any teen, but because of the age setting/lifestage of the characters, it probably makes the most sense for readers 15+.

Definitely recommended. ( )
  angiestahl | Sep 21, 2018 |
Such a cute read!!! Fun, light, happy and romantic. ( )
  captainmander | Jul 19, 2018 |
I admit after all the groaning I did while reading this book, the last few chapters were sweet and sentimental. BUT, Oh my goodness. The romance was ridiculously fast and Celia was an idiot the whole time. She was just there doing stupid things just for there to be an obvious conflict. A lot of the story just didn't sit right with me mainly because these two people liked each other way too fast. Already butterflies in like chapter 11. This could have been so much better.... ( )
  AdrianaGarcia | Jul 10, 2018 |
This is a delightful, heartwarming, slightly far-fetched (but aren't the best stories) teen romance.

There are scenes that subtly reference past bullying, racist incidents aimed at the main characters, misogynistic episodes, plus multiple incidents where the wealth of some characters is used to the detriment of others, but they are predominantly seen from Dimple Shah's American born, traditionally raised, feminist middle-class Indian perspective. And she is such a fabulous character.

The other viewpoint character is Rishi Patel, but he only comes in to it once Dimple meets him, so more mention than that risks spoilers.

They meet at 'InsomniaCon', a six week summer residential 'camp' for young adults that is aimed at pairs developing a phone/web app. This is Dimple's passion, and the aspects of the story that deal with her fight to carve out a space for herself in a very white, very male field are very well handled -- the punches are only slightly pulled, because otherwise this would be less a love story and more a scream into the void. ( )
  fred_mouse | Jun 9, 2018 |
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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.

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