Published by Simon Pulse on May 30th 2017
A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, 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 as him—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 gravitate 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.
When I found this book on the Teen table in Chapters, this was my reaction, including a large very loud gasp.
It was so loud that the woman next to me gave me the strangest look. #Sorrynotsorry I had my eye on this book for SO long. All of the early reviews were coming out and all of them really made me that much more excited to read it. So I grabbed it up and ran away back to my hotel room so I could sit in the AC and start.
Adorable doesn’t begin to explain how cute and wonderful this book was. Rishi and Dimple have one of those first love relationships that come with ups, downs, and doubts. That struggle within yourself to decide if you’re doing the right thing for not only you but your parents, your future.
Culture is sprinkled all throughout this book like a well-topped dessert. I spent some time Googling all of the different words and movies mentioned in the book. Have you ever seen Dil Na Diya from Krrish? Let me assist you in watching it here. You will LOVE it. (I wish I could move like that.) I learned so much just from taking a moment to stop and look more into what was written before me on the page. This is an amazing example of why we need more diverse books, not just for young adults but adults like myself who enjoy learning and reading different perspectives. I can just picture a young Indian girl devouring this book, so excited to read someone who could be just like her. It’s a beautiful thought, and I truly hope we see much more books like this down the road.
On top of the culture, WE HAVE A FEMALE CODER!
This is one of my favorite parts of this story. We need to see more women in not only stories but real life who do work that is considered only for men. If you are a woman/girl who codes, please go take a look at the Girls Who Code website. It supports and guides girls into the tech field and helps them succeed in a career that is so full of men. They don’t want young girls to be left behind in this ever growing field and it’s just all around awesome, so go take a peek.
Dimple is a strong, independent and brazen woman who knows where she wants to be and what she wants to do. She has dreams and ideas and she’s not afraid to show how smart she is. The application she wanted to design, to help her father, was an incredible idea that I honestly think would be amazing in the real world. Dimple is one of my favorite female characters of this year. I would love to read more about both her and Rishi in the future. ( Hint, Hint. 😀 )
Arranged marriage is something I didn’t know a whole lot about. Not only that, it’s something I have never read about before in YA or any other book to date. It’s wonderful to see someone not only touch on the subject but teach the readers about the circumstances about this tradition we don’t read much about. I would love to see more of this in YA books down the road.
When Dimple Met Rishi is one of the most charming and delightful books you will read this summer. If it’s not on your summer reading list, it absolutely should be.