When Dimple met Rishi

Sandhya Menon

Book - 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 an arranged marriage with him.

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Published
New York : Simon Pulse 2017.
Edition
First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
Language
English
Physical Description
380 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781481478687
1481478680
Main Author
Sandhya Menon (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

It's not always as easy as boy meets girl. In the case of Rishi Patel and Dimple Shah, it's more like boy is arranged to marry girl, and girl attacks boy with iced coffee. In her delightful debut, Menon tells the story of two Indian American teenagers, fresh from high school and eager for adulthood. While Rishi's version of growing up involves happily following his parents' life plan (giving up art for engineering and accepting an arranged marriage to Dimple), Dimple sees college as her chance to escape her immigrant parents' stifling expectations (which include little more than wearing makeup and finding a suitable Indian husband). And yet, when Dimple and Rishi finally meet, they are both shocked to realize what it is they truly want—and what they're willing to sacrifice to get it. While Menon's portrayal of the struggles of Indian American teens is both nuanced and thoughtful, it is her ability to fuse a classic coming-of-age love story with the contemporary world of nerd culture, cons, and coding camp, that will melt the hearts of readers. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this bright and funny debut novel, Menon introduces two intellectually gifted teens from traditional Indian families who meet at a summer tech conference in San Francisco. The twist: Dimple and Rishi's parents have arranged their marriage. Rishi is aware of the arrangement; Dimple is not. Rishi longs for a traditional marriage like the one his parents have, but Dimple is adamantly opposed to her parents' efforts to push her toward the same, favoring a career and education over family. After a disastrous initial meeting (Dimple throws iced coffee at Rishi), the two creep toward friendship and love, a slow process recounted through their alternating points of view (often switching multiple times within a single chapter). This frequent back and forth provides a detailed play-by-play of the teenagers' shifting emotions as Menon vividly conjures the joy, self-doubt, and humor of first love. Romance-loving readers will celebrate the ways that Rishi and Dimple learn to respect and appreciate their Indian heritage and traditions but also manage to go their own way. Ages 12–up. Agent: Thao Le, Sandra Dijkstra Literary. (May) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 7 Up—Dimple is a headstrong girl who is passionate about coding and web development much to the chagrin of her parents, who wish she would focus more on her appearance and attracting a husband. Basking in her acceptance to Stanford, Dimple is surprised when her parents agree to let her attend a six-week "Insomnia Con" in San Francisco. Not long into her convention, Dimple discovers why her parents were so willing to let her go. She has been set up to meet a potential husband—the very traditional yet charming Rishi. The plot is moderately paced as the romance between the pair flops, then flourishes. The characters are refreshing, even if familiar. Rishi has a hidden love of comics, Dimple is a feminist who secretly yearns to please her parents, and the "Aberzombies" are the superficial prep school kids who get their jollies by making Dimple and Rishi feel like outsiders. The strength of the story comes from its blending of Indian culture and values into a modern-day romance that scores of readers can enjoy. This novel touches on issues of identity while remaining light and fun. VERDICT A strong choice for any young adult collection.—Christina Vortia, Hype Lit, Wesley Chapel, FL Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A heartfelt romantic comedy told from the alternating perspectives of two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged their marriage follows the efforts of one to distance herself from the agreement and the other to woo his intended during a summer program they are attending together. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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 an arranged marriage with him.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The inspiration for the Netflix original series Mismatched!A New York Times bestsellerA Time Best YA Book of All Time (2021)An NPR Best Book of 2017A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2017A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2017A School Library Journal Best Young Adult Book of 2017A Bustle Best YA Novel of 2017A PopSugar Best Young Adult Novel of 2017A Book Riot Best Book of 2017A Paste Magazine Best Young Adult Novel of 2017“Utterly charming.” —Mindy Kaling“Effervescent.” —Chicago Tribune “Full of warm characters and sweet romance.” —Entertainment Weekly“Get ready to fall in love with Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel.” —HelloGiggles?The rom-com everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.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.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The inspiration for the Netflix original series Mismatched!A New York Times bestsellerAn NPR Best Book of 2017A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2017A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2017A School Library Journal Best Young Adult Book of 2017A Bustle Best YA Novel of 2017A PopSugar Best Young Adult Novel of 2017A Book Riot Best Book of 2017A Paste Magazine Best Young Adult Novel of 2017'Utterly charming.' 'mindy Kaling'Effervescent.' 'Chicago Tribune 'Full of warm characters and sweet romance.' 'Entertainment Weekly'Get ready to fall in love with Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel.' 'HelloGigglesThe rom-com everyone's talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.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.