When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon


     When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon, Simon Pulse, (9781481478687), 2017

Format: hardcover fiction

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

Genre:  realistic fiction

What did you like about the book? Dimple is attending Stanford in the fall, but is most excited about the summer before college when she has the chance to attend a summer program for web developers. Dimple is surprised when her strict Indian parents let her attend the summer program, but it turns out they have an ulterior motive; the boy her family has chosen for her to someday marry will be attending the program, as well. Of course they neglect to tell Dimple about their plans. Rishi is thrilled to attend the summer web development program because he is a romantic and can’t wait to meet Dimple, his intended. Their first meeting is hilarious; Rishi introduces himself as her future husband and Dimple throws her iced latte on him. Of course then it turns out they have quite a bit in common and when they are paired together to make Dimple’s app, they start to become friends and even more. The two face challenges, as well, however, including casual racism, misogynism and fear of letting down their parents (Rishi doesn’t want to be a computer programmer, but instead is a talented artist). My favorite parts were when Rishi landed the perfect comebacks at the “Aberzombie” white boys who made almost constant rude remarks to Dimple about her Indian heritage. I love how the romance builds slowly and is based in friendship, mutual respect and admiration for each other’s talents.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing at all. It was a perfect romantic comedy from start to finish. I can’t wait for the companion novel that will be out in a couple of years (about Rishi’s brother Ashish).

To whom would you recommend this book? Teens who like romance like Sarah Dessen, Susanne Colasanti, but are interested in learning about a different culture.

Who should buy this book? all high schools

Where would you shelve it ? Realistic fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes; it’s such a fun, quick read!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date of review: July 7, 2017

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