When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon follows Dimple Shah, a recent high school graduate who plans to attend a coding camp over the summer and escape her family’s pressure of finding the ideal Indian husband. Little does Dimple know, hopeless romantic Rishi Patel also plans on attending the same camp. Instead of coding apps, however, he plans on winning his suggested future wife’s heart.
I’ve been wanting to read When Dimple Met Rishi since it was released, but decided to hold back on purchasing the book after seeing several mixed reviews. Luckily for me, my library added this book to its collection so I could finally read it! Based on the mixed reviews that I’ve seen, many readers were disappointed that this book did not feature a lot of the coding aspect. Since I knew that part of the book wouldn’t be extremely emphasized going in, I overall enjoyed this book even though it doesn’t stick out as one of my favorite contemporary books.
I think my favorite part of this book would have to be the two main characters. Dimple and Rishi both have a lot of respect for their culture, but also have complete opposite personalities. While Dimple is a headstrong, modern woman, Rishi tends to be a little more traditional and a hopeless romantic. Since this book does contain both of their point of view, I appreciated their distinct voices. Not only are you able to distinguish who is narrating the book, but you also see two different voices within the same culture.
Another aspect of this book that I enjoyed was the romance. Once Dimple and Rishi are able to move past their initial impressions of each other, they establish a sweet relationship that also shows a lot of respect for their partner and their differing views. Additionally, I really enjoyed at the end of the book how their relationship really came full circle at the end of the book.
As for the negatives of this book, I can see how some readers may feel misled by the book’s premise which may cause the book to not meet their expectations. From the book’s synopsis, it seems like the coding camp will play a large role in the story. Even though the coding camp definitely takes the back burner to the relationship in this story, I was pleasantly surprised how much it was incorporated because I went in with the expectation that it would be practically non-existent. I think if you go in with the expectation that will element may not be as prominent as expected, the story will be more enjoyable.
While When Dimple Met Rishi isn’t my all-time favorite contemporary book, it was a fun and easy young adult contemporary to read. I give this book three out of five stars.