When Dimple Met Rishi Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-14 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings


Don't even try to talk sense in to me. I love it.


Oh, where do I even begin to talk about WDMR? With the effortless relatablesness of both Dimple and Rishi (and even Celia and Ashish and Tree #3?) With the slow yet interesting premise, plot, and execution? With the humor? Or with the fact that I am surprising even myself with loving a contemporary this much?

This is a fantastic rom-com. The jokes are actually funny. The romance is cute. It just works, you know? Dimple and Rishi are perfect, together and apart.

[actual rating: 4.5*] okay, go on.

The side characters are fleshed out. What I always consider a strong point in a book is that if I suddenly wanted to pick a random character, say.. Celia (Dimple's friend and roommate), and have her narrate or see her separate story, I would definitely not be bored. See? This gives the story so much more life, and flexibility, and dynamism. Love love love this.

The way Indian culture is infused within the story is simple and easy to follow if reading about this culture is new to you. Which, for me, is new. And yet, this wasn't hard for me to follow at all. Its interesting. It's authentic. It's refreshing. And that's what makes it awesome.

If it's that great, Nina, you say, then why did you knock half a star off the rating?. Ugh, you noticed. Well, if you must know, this isn't a solid 5-starer for me because the romance, while cute and sweet and all, sometimes bordered on.. mushy. There were those I-looked-into-her-gorgeous-eyeballs
-and-saw-a-mini-girly-version-of-my-soul-reflected-there-and-it-was-winking-flirtatiously-at-me lines. (Okay, I realize that is NOT romantic at all. But, well, you know. You get my point [I hope]). But, as you realize, this wasn't enough for me to dock a full star off. So you might enjoy it just fine.

Anyways. Back to positives.

Dimple's determination and high standards and Rishi's gentleness and sense of pride of his culture gives each character a full 360-degree viewing angle. At the end of the book, it feels like you know each of them, see? It's like their actual friends of yours; you've sat in a conversations with them and know how their mind works and what upsets them and what makes them happy. Hands down, best characterization I've seen in a LONG. TIME.


Trust me, guys.

Thank you, Simon&Schuster, for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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Arranged marriages, pursuing your passion, coding, finding love young & the Indian culture - I loved When Dimple Met Rishi so much.

As second generation immigrants who was born in America, there's often a very different dynamic that teens will experience compared to their peers. This includes parental expectations for you to live out their dream, regardless of what makes you happy or whether it's really something you enjoy. It also includes the struggle between preserving your culture and assimilating into the one of your home country, but it often includes a combination of both.

When Dimple Met Rishi covers these differences through the characters of Dimple and Rishi, who are polar opposites with what they want to achieve in life. Dimple is set out to be a coder, changing lives with her intelligence and drive to pursue the better. This goes against her mother's wishes for her to marry a good man and become a housewife.

Rishi on the other hand, has a gift for artwork and drawing comics. Ever the dutiful son, he lets his parents dictate what he should do in life, from going along with the arranged marriage to studying Engineering.

I loved how Rishi embraced his cultural identity, finding every opportunity to educate others about his identity. While this was something Dimple shied away upon, it was nice seeing his quiet confidence and how he didn't care about people's opinions - at least those that didn't matter.

The book also explores first love, but having a goal in life beyond just finding your future husband. As someone who isn't afraid to pursue her talents and who is driven to succeed, I related a lot to Dimple's mindset. Especially when it came to getting into a relationship that would only hold her back.

There's so much more depth to When Dimple Met Rishi that I can cover in this review, but if anything, it is an important and needed book about two teenagers pursuing their passion and embracing their identity. Whether your family has migrated or not, I think everyone will find something relatable in this story.
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" buddy read with the ditcher and the hypocritey'all i read three chapters and i'm in love the indian rep is A+alsO I FUCKING HATE RISHI ISTG IF THEY END UP TOGETHER I WILL CLAW MY EYEBALLS OUT " said.

"“This is our life. We get to decide the rules. We get to say what goes and what stays, what matters and what doesn’t.”

How hard can it be to write this review, really? Why am I struggling? I think I’m trying to find a way to write a review that shows how much I liked this book, but also all the little – and sometimes big – things I wasn't a big fan of.

Before I even started this book, I had heard of all the negativity surrounding it : I knew people disliked it because Dimple threw her coffee at Rishi, or because she dog-ears her books – that’s not a good enough reason for me. So I knew I would have to form my own opinion on this one. That’s what I’m trying – and obviously failing – to share with you now.
First thing first, I’d like to talk about Dimple.

Dimple is everything her mother doesn’t want her to be – at least that’s what Dimple thinks : she doesn’t wear makeup, she values her intelligence before her beauty, she doesn’t want to get married any time soon, especially not to someone her parents chose for her, and she wants to have a successful career.

Dimple has strong feminist values, that’s something I extremely appreciated about her : a woman’s place isn’t necessarily at home if she doesn’t want to, makeup isn’t a required thing to be pretty and shouldn’t be used just to please a man, a woman’s opinion matters and a woman can do anything a man can – she can even do better.

BUT even though she has these values, at some point she judges another girl for what she’s wearing :
Her booty shorts barely covered her booty. Wasn’t she cold?
Does it really matter what this girl is wearing? The answer, obviously, is no. Just because Dimple doesn’t like/want to wear “more feminine” clothes, doesn’t mean another girl shouldn’t and so should be judge for that. It’s something I’m not okay with.

Second thing I did like about her – yeah I’m getting rid of all the bad stuff now so I can focusing on the good after – was how cruel, rude, and manipulative she could be with Rishi.
There is a scene where they are at a party and it made me feel really uncomfortable. Dimple didn’t respect Rishi’s boundaries.
First, she pushes him to participate to a contest, literally pushes him, so everybody believes Rishi is doing this of his own free will.
Dimple pushed Rishi, harder than she’d meant to, and he went stumbling forward so his shins knocked against the table.
Second, she keeps drinking something Rishi’s suspicious of and tells him she’ll stop when he has a drink.
“I’m going to keep doing that until you drink something too. Loosen up!”
Third, she made him eat a brownie he also had his doubts about.
After a pause, Rishi obediently did as she asked. Dimple felt a thrill that he’d actually listened to her. That somehow, some way, she seemed to have power over this boy.
That’s all for the party scene, but, and it’s the last thing, she said to him things that shouldn’t be okay to say to someone. Okay you’re trying to make them see you can’t be together, but you don’t have to act like this to achieve your goals. You don’t have to hurt someone just so they understand you don’t want to be with them. She also called him a coward.
“We’re too different. I can’t . . . I can’t be with someone who cares so much about what his parents want from him. You lack courage, Rishi. And I can’t be with someone like that.”
And when Rishi replied she’s unkind, she got vexed – even though she was being unkind.

That’s pretty much everything I had against Dimple : to summarize, I think – scratch that, I know – Dimple loves controlling everything, she said it herself. And it’s okay to want control over your life, but don’t try to control someone else – yeah I’m speaking about what she did to Rishi and his art.

But Dimple, even though she was being unkind to Rishi, is an incredible friend. She was being comprehensive when Celia told her she wanted to try to be popular for once, she didn’t let her down because she hated the guys Celia was hanging out with, she even tried to be friends with these racist and misogynist jerks. She tried to include Celia in everything she was doing outside of class, she listened to her advices, when Celia needed her she was there.
I think Dimple is someone you want to have as your friend : she wants what is best for you and she tries to push you – literally and metaphorically – to give give your damn best.

And even though she says she can’t stand her parents, she loves them deeply and is scared of disappointing them. Like I said before, she’s can hard on her friends so they give their best, but she’s harder on herself : she’s always thinking she do better and work harder/longer. She’s working her butt off to succeed in life, and she’s doing pretty great.

So Dimple, even though I didn’t like her controlling – turning on manipulative sometimes – side, I loved how passionate she is about her work and her friends’ passions.

If there is one thing you need to know about how I feel about Rishi, it’s this : I love this precious soul.
But seriously, there is very little I disliked about him – I’m currently trying to think about one thing.

Rishi really wants to please his parents, he believes in arranged marriage, in kismet, in partnership, he believes in respecting your elders and ancestors and making them proud. That’s something I loved about Rishi : the deep respect he has for his culture.

He goes to San Fran to meet Dimple because he thinks they’re in an arranged marriage, and I have to admit, him seeing Dimple for the first time was the funniest thing ever. I probably would have thrown my coffee at his face as well because that was kinda creepy, but extremely funny when you really think of it. He’s like this pure soul who didn’t think he could one day be THE creepy dude, and he was like ‘How did I get there?’
“Hello, future wife,” he said, his voice bubbling with glee. “I can’t wait to get started on the rest of our lives!”

Rishi breaks the stereotype of ‘all rich kids are jerks’ because he happens to be rich, but it’s not what defines him. Rishi is an artist, he’s kind, protective, adorable, and so many more things. He likes to draw, he’s passionate about comics, he reads a lot, and he’s the worst dance there is on this planet.

From day one, he cares about Dimple. Maybe it’s because he came here to meet her so he was in a good mindset, but you can see how much he wants her to be happy. It’s like his number one goal : to make Dimple happy. Sometimes it was maybe too much, because I felt like Dimple would do literally anything Dimple asks him to do, even though it’s making him feel uneasy.
But that’s something you can’t take away from him : he cares about people he loves.

Another thing I really really liked about him : he’s fighting misogyny and racism like a pro. You can say one misogynist or racist thing next to him, he always has the perfect answer to throw at someone’s face.
One of the guys held his hand out so the door wouldn’t close, but Rishi smiled brightly. “Oh no, you go ahead,” he said jovially. “Our brains need a break from all the unchecked, casual misogyny.”
The guy immediately smiled and waved in response, but as the doors closed, they heard him say, “Wait, what’d he say?”

He’s a precious human being, and if you think otherwise I’ll fight you.

I’m just going to say it now, this way it’ll be over : I didn’t like the ableist language, I found it extremely hurtful. I know I know, no one can stop you from using ‘depressed’, ‘crazy’, ‘insane’ or ‘moron’ to describe someone, I can’t, but it doesn’t mean I’m okay with that.
It’s something you can change so easily, so please be aware how your words can harm someone.

I liked that Celia casually said she’d had a girlfriend in the past, that was cool – though she ended up cheating on the guy she was with during the book by hooking up with someone else. Okay the guy was an asshole, but it’s still cheating.

Now Rishi & Dimple’s relationship.
At first I didn’t want them to be together, I thought they would make really good friends – they have so many things in common – but then Dimple started knowing Rishi a bit more and I realized they would make a great couple. And they were. Still are.
They both bring out the best in the other – sometimes the worst when insecurities are in the equation – and they’re supportive of each other’s passion. You can see how important to them it is that the other is truly happy and fulfilled.
I think they need to be a bit more honest with each other, but they’re already working on that, so that’s good.
Maybe I would have liked it more if they’d took more time to get together, but hey, we’re all different, some people need less time to be sure of their feelings.

Overall, I REALLY enjoyed this book and I’d highly recommend it. The characters are easy to like and you can see yourself in them, the story is extremely cute, and yeah, basically I think it’s a good book and you should give it a try.

I buddy read this book with Taryn & Grace, and you can find Taryn's review here.


You can also find my review on the blog.
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" alL tHe HeArT eYezZzZzZz for this book and for Sandhya. Where was this book when I was in highschool?!! Read this and immediately started listening to Michelle Branch's first album because I need to linger longer in this state of nostalgia and bright feelings. " said.


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


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!!!!!!!!

(view spoiler)" said.

"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?"


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
" said.

"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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