When Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi

What It’s About

Dimple Shah is a fierce tech geek who hates being pestered about finding a man. Rishi Patel is a quiet, dutiful young man with a secret passion for art. And to Dimple’s great frustration, their parents think a summer tech camp would be the perfect spot to set them up.

Why I Think You’d Like It

It’s so goddamn cute! Sorry, let me say that more professionally.

Dimple and Rishi have one of my favorite dynamics; one where two seeming opposites turn out to be each other turned inside out. Both are distinctive, colorful characters, but neither is a simple trope. Dimple has her shy moments and insecurities. Rishi can be surprisingly confident around some people. They move very naturally from tension to friendship to love, as they both discover more and more to appreciate about each other.

This book also handles ideas about love, career, passions and responsibility in a more complex way than most romance, YA or adult. It isn’t pro love match or arranged marriage, family or career, tradition or modernism. Instead it’s about self exploration and the difficulty of choosing between two different good things. It’s also about discovering that what you want can change, and that it is important to be open to life’s surprises even as you pursue your dreams. At the same time, it affirms the fact that, just because everybody says something is right for you, that doesn’t mean you need to follow their plans for your life. The ideas in this story are warm and affirming without ever being simplistic.

And it tackles all those issues while still being fun and cute. I mean, so. Goddamn. Cute. So cute!

Content Warnings

You’re good.

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