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When Dimple Met Rishi Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-25 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1481478680
LANGUAGE:English

"10/5/16

Is 2017 the year when books are more *diverse* and we actually get a POC on the cover, because I am LIVIN'.

6/24/17

Oh my god, I can't believe it's been more than half a year since I wrote that comment?? I am honestly in the clouds right now. So I wrote that when I only saw the cover and not back. But Jesus, the cover is amazing! I am so happy that we are getting more Indian representation, not only in terms of story, but also on covers.

Dimple and Rishi are the cutest! I love the way the author gave them separate personalities. Like Rishi is all about following the traditions of his culture and he is immersed as well. On the other hand, Dimple is not. She wants to be her own person and be a web developer. She is headstrong as hell!!! Dimple and Rishi's relationships with their parents are amazing. Their parents of course annoy them at times, but they are extremely supportive and understanding. And I think this helps break the stereotype of people who assume certain behaviors of Indian parents and culture.

The book has an immense amount of Indian culture and words which I freaking love. It is also an #ownvoices so get on it!!! The characters and events felt super real to me.

I hate the Aberzombies LOL, bunch of spoiled trash babies except Isabelle. Cecila was awesome and I like the friendship between her and Dimple. Also Anshish ;))))

I would have like to see some more focus on Dimple and Rishi working on their app. We got to see glimpses of it. However, I do realize this book covers more of Dimple/Rishi's coming of age?? I mean they are going to college, but ya.

There has been a slight surge in Indian representation lately especially with Master of None and now with When Dimple Met Rishi and I hope we keep going uphill.

This book is so special!!!!!!!!

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"5 stars

This didn't disappoint. If anything, it met and exceed my expectations. I am absolutely in love with Dimple and Rishi and this book and everyone needs to read it.

Okay I real quick, I gotta say....Rishi is legit the cutest thing ever. Where were these types of boys when I was 18?????

Dimple is the only daughter of immigrants from India. She has felt pressure, especially from her Mamma, to conform to the traditional Indian culture and way of life. However, Dimple does not want this. She does not want to quietly get married and have children and sacrifice for her husband...she wants a life of her own. A talented coder, Dimple plans to go to Stanford in the fall. But the summer before her freshman year at Stanford, Insomnia Con and Rishi happen...and with it, her views on life, love, and her culture start to change.

This book is told from the POV of both Dimple and Rishi, and I couldn't have loved it more. Telling the same story from the POV of multiple characters can get messy and confusing, but in this case it was spot on. Getting the thoughts and feelings of both Dimple and Rishi during the same interactions just upped the cuteness/adorableness/wonderfulness of this book tenfold. I loved getting into both their heads. It allowed me to understand and care about both characters so much more.

Even though this book is technically about an Indian couple with a Hindu background, I feel like no matter who you are or where you are in life, you will get something out of this book. The problems and issues that Dimple and Rishi face are global and, dare I say, extremely relevant to what is going on in the US today. I am not here for a debate/fight/whatever about societal issues in the US, so if you have comments referring to that please keep them nice. And then read this book and judge for yourself.

I don't usually put quotes in my reviews, but there are a couple that really stuck with me that I wanted to share. So here goes:

"I wish I could say stuff like that's a one-off, but it's not. You're going to see a lot of it. People getting ahead unfairly because of the category into which they were born: male or white or straight or rich...We need to shake this field up, you know? We need more people with different points of view and experiences and thought processes so we can keep innovating and moving ahead."

"I feel like I need to speak out, because if no one speaks out, if no one says, 'This is me, this is what I believe in, and this is why I'm different, and this is why that's okay', then what's the point? What's the point of living in this beautiful, great melting pot where everyone can dare to be anything they want to be?"


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This is one of my most anticipated contemporary YA reads for 2017.
Please don't let me down please don't let me down please don't let me down
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"thank you Jesse the Reader for the arc :)

WOW WOWOWOWOW, I'M EMO. Reading books with Indian protagonists really mean a lot to me,and I thrive off of reading books that represent people like me.

The plot was wonderful. It paced the novel of this basically rom-com romance of how two unlikely people are put together because of unlikely circumstances. I think of of the biggest themes for me personally is identity, so seeing Dimple and Rishi struggle with who they are and the depth they perceive as either the Rebel Child or the Traditional Child was so nice especially since Indians are put in a box constantly. I didn't expect to connect with Rishi with the deeper level that I did, because not only did he have a ~~non traditional~~ passion, it consumed him to the point it was his LIFE, and I relate.

I connected to both seemingly different characters because I saw myself in not only being Indian but both struggling to appease their parents who vouch for tradition and for customs that might /not/ just be for them, and I struggle with that every single day so TBH, definitely cried. Don't look at me lmfao.

But seriously, Sandhya is amazing, she gave us a happy and lovely story about two Indian people and it wasn't tragic nor was it just for kicks. I loved it, it was so cute.

Some things to note: there was some ableist language, and there was also a slight "not like other girls" vibe. For the latter however, I do want to note that brown girls are consistently raised to believe "white is better" and in the case of that comment, it made me think of how *I* perceived myself versus white women, so I related but I also want to note: maybe better wording? Something else to say: Pls note the intersectionality of feminism and how a woman of color feels inadequate to white woman and why that may be. That is how I interpreted that specific scene but that could always be different for others.

If this review was no indication: Representation matters.
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“Hello, future wife,” he said, his voice bubbling with glee. “I can't wait to get started on the rest of our lives!”


lmaoooooo.

honestly, this book is one of the most diverse and adorable contemporaries i've read this year. it's equal parts cute, cheesy, hilarious and romantic. it's packed full of indian references and subtle little quips and it's just. so. fucking. good.



if you didn't already know, i am an indian teenager.

*extreme gasps of shock ensue*

and frankly, i have never once encountered a indian YA romance. it kind of shocks me how that can be a thing, but it makes me treasure this book's existence all the more.

seriously, i loved the diversity in this novel. some of it i could easily relate to my own life (not the arranged marriage stuff lol) and it felt so incredibly realistic.

for example, when the discussion of bollywood actors/actresses or movies came along, i was sitting reading the book like:



yesssss sandhya!!!!!!!

i mean aside from the relatability aspect, this was also incredibly cute. the whole romance itself took it's time to build up and i was totally rooting for it to happen. there was no sudden instalove or feeling of cheesiness. everything took it's time and as it progressed, it just became even more adorable to witness.

ooooh, also the first meeting is one of the funniest things i've ever read. if you don't fall in love with rishi patel at that moment, i'm not sure you ever will.

they also bicker a lot and it's funny and hilarious and relatable and ohhh soo cuteee.



that's basically them.

speaking of the characters, they were super duper awesome-sauce.

dimple was feisty, funny and fierce. rishi was a complete and utter cinnamon roll. i honestly saw so much of myself in them and it made me love them all the more.

i loved how they each had their own hopes and aspirations: dimple with her life-changing app and rishi with his artwork/comic skills. this helped add another layer to them and made it all the more intriguing.

together, they were legit such an amazing couple. rishi teases dimple and they kind of push each other to achieve their dreams, so it kinda had a la la land aspect but without all the excruciating amounts of torturous pain.

urgh, i just loved them so much.

the side characters: celia, ashish, isabelle, hari and evan can all choke tho.



they sucked balls.

aaaaanyways, i also really liked the plot. it wasn't too fast or anything and it allowed room for our main characters to grow and develop.

the only real problem i had with it was that it was slightly predictable at times. and very, very cheesy. i think i gagged at one point tbh.

aside from that, it was good. 11/10 points!! is that a thing???

also, the writing style ! ! !

me very much likey. it was like, a standard contemporary writing style, yeah? but also, here and there, it got really detailed and descriptive, which gave it this lovely, creative vibe. very hard to explain, very enjoyable to read about lmao.

so yeah, basically it was great. oh oh oh, the dialogue was also FANTASTIC. like seriously, it was witty and quickfire and sharp and cute at all the right moments. basically OMG.



right so, to sum up: this book is unbelievably cute. it's adorbz and totes brill, yeh? (this is my failed attempt at trying to get down with the kids).

it's a fantastic summer read that i think a lot of people are going to enjoy, just like i did.

the reason i didn't give it 5 stars?

well, the ending was a little disappointing and frankly, it lacked that magical aura that 5 star reads always seem to emit. but otherwise, it was brilliant. until the next one, folks!

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“But that was Rishi... he was like a pop song you thought you couldn't stand, but found yourself humming in the shower anyway.”


Okay! So this wasn't as bad as everyone said it was. I personally didn't hate this book. I definitely had a lot of problems with it but I didn't hate it.

➨When Dimple Met Rishi, at its core, is supposed to be a diverse story about arranged marriage. Saying that it was disappointing is an understatement. It didn't live up to my expectations for the simple fact that it did not fulfil its promises. If you take away the fact that the two characters are Indian, this book is basically a very cliché romance story.


Girl meets perfect boy -> Girl pushes him away ->Boy makes her fall in love with his dreamy eyes -> Lots of kisses -> Little fight happens -> Boy is sad -> Girl is sad -> They patch things up -> More kisses ->They live happily ever after.

Now tell me you haven't read this story a million times before.

➨Another problem I had with this book is that everything fell into place waaay too easily. There was barely any real conflict in this story. It felt too easy and personally, I need a lot more shit to go down for me to care about the characters.

➨Oh, one more thing. This story is not about arranged marriage. If you're going into this book thinking you'll get an idea about arranged marriage, you won't. This is a story about parents finding a boyfriend to their daughter and nothing more. Arranged marriage is more complicated than that.

➨The reason I didn't give this book a lower rating is because it's undeniably cute. I feel like if I had read it ten years ago I would have loved it. You know, back when I still believed in romance and all that crap, but the version of me today is just like


Overall, this was a fun read but it didn't live up to the hype. I would recommend it for younger readers.

Pre-reading
So when I first heard the premise of this book, I thought it sounded great. But then, most of my Goodreads friends were extremely disappointed by it so I'm determined to find out what I think of it.

I can't say I'm going into this with no expectations because that wouldn't be true. I'm going with high expectations but I'm taking a helmet with me for the inevitable fall.
" said.

" i can't believe we've been blessed with a book that is equally cute as it is culturally diverse. i couldn't stop smiling while flying through this. :''')full review to come~~ " said.

"4.5/5 stars

THIS. WAS. SO. CUTE.
I loved this so much and it was so awesome to see a contemporary taking place within another kind of culture and another kind of people than are the usual or majority. Also FEMINISM. TAKES PLACE AT A CODING SUMMER CAMP. HOPELESS ROMANTIC AND SUPER NICE MALE LEAD. ALL OF THESE FACTORS MAKE IT SO GOOD. Also comics !!! I just love how much good stuff was packed into this book, and it was all approached in a natural way, not a shove down your throats kind of way.
Basically the main reaction I had to this book was squealing or !!!!! And that's mostly what you need to know.
My only issue with this book was the lack of conflict. It's not as much that there wasn't any, more that it was mostly reserved for the last 50 pages. Things felt a bit insta-lovey and convenient (as with most contemporaries) but the lack of conflict magnified it more. It's just something to be aware of and honestly how cute and adorable and precious the book is mostly overshadows the issue.
Honestly everyone who loves contemporaries should read this book because you will NOT be disappointed. IT. IS. SO. FREAKING. GOOD.
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"Very, very cute.

I loved the dynamic between the two main characters. They contrasted and complimented each other so well, and Rishi is a too good for this world cinnamon bun. I loved the hate-to-love element and watching both characters question themselves. I loved how relateable the feeling of wanting to break out of family obligations and watching your life plans change was. There's also a good brother relationship here, which is refreshing since we get a lot of emphasis on sisters in YA.

There are several romance cliches used throughout the book and the storyline is a little par for the course for the genre, so if you aren't a fan of contemporary romance I can see how you may not love this. I would recommend it overall, though, especially for the own voices aspect.
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