Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


When Dimple Met Rishi (Standalone)
Written by Sandhya Menon
Published May, 2017 by Simon Pulse
380 pages
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary
Rating: ★★★★★


A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

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.


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. This book is probably one of the most diverse and adorable contemporaries I’ve read this year. It’s packed full of Indian references and subtle little quips and it’s just so fucking good!

Dimple Shah has just graduated high school and is about to go to Uni to become a web developer and has no time for romance, tradition or her mother’s dedication to get Dimple married. Dimple Shah is determined, opinionated, and fiercely independent.

Rishi Patel on the other hand is quite the opposite of Dimple, he was traditional, romantic and intensely filial and he’s 100% on board with his parent’s arranged date between himself and dimple. Their first meeting is something straight out of a romcom – filled with miscommunications, twisted fate, and hilarity.

I also really liked how it was a positive story about arranged marriage for Indian cultures! Generally I see it portrayed as very negative, so it’s nice to get this perspective. Plus both sets of parents were lovely, kind, and wanted the best for their children. It’s always refreshing to see parents in YA books not casted as the villains.

This is a very fantastic rom-com. The jokes are actually funny and the romance was just adorable. It just works, you know? Dimple and Rishi are perfect together. I’m also glad it split up to tell both perspectives, because they really both were precious cinnamon rolls and I loved every chapter. The writing had me hooked on every chapter and I truly cared for the characters. I would highly recommend if you’re a fan of heartfelt romantic comedy.