Friday, 16 June 2017

Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: June 1st 2017
My rating: 4 stars.  

The arranged marriage YA romcom you didn't know you wanted or needed... Meet Dimple. Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination. Meet Rishi. He's rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she's got other plans... Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works even harder to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

This book was super adorable; I did have my reservations at first going into it. I blame this largely on the books that have been working for me lately; adult and that I’ve just been really struggling to get back into the flow of YA books. But despite the initial struggle, Menon completely won me over with characters such as Dimple and Rishi and her take and setting of the story. 

Coming from an Indian family myself, I could totally understand the pressures that Dimple felt about settling down in life with the perfect husband. Despite views and norms changing a lot these days, there are still a lot of families who live by these ideals, which can be frustrating in a big way, when all you want to do if live life to the fullest and enjoy what you do, just like Dimple wanted to. I loved how Rishi popped up in Dimple’s life when she was least expecting him to and how they both changed their ideals in order to adapt and make room for each other in their lives. Dimple and Rishi were just totally adorable! I loved how Rishi wasn’t your typical macho guy, but could easily get embarrassed by things, he didn’t realise how super talented he was and the lengths that he would go to for Dimple. I loved watching the development of their relationship; it was super cute and just left me with a goofy grin on my face the entire time. What I appreciated the most from this story was the character development in this book. Both Dimple and Rishi had their dreams they wanted to pursue and their fears of not achieving them. And I’m glad that both characters were able to give each other the extra encouragement that they needed in the right direction. Both characters were just perfect for each other. 

When Dimple Met Rishi was exactly the sort of book that I needed in my life, it featured a romance which was beautifully done and touched upon pursuing you dreams and passions no matter what. Bravo Menon on a wonderfully written debut book, I for one can’t wait to read your future books!


  1. Everyone except I have read this one :/

  2. Yes this was adorable. I loved Dimple and Rishi <3 Great review!!

  3. I skipped this over because I thought it would be too teenagey.... yea made up word for you. Anyway, I have been reading brilliant reviews so now I am going to get it from the old library.

  4. YA contemporaries are kinda hit or miss for me, but I've been seeing so much good buzz for this one I'm actually considering getting it. I love the idea of them coming from such different expectations/ backgrounds and supporting each other, getting to know each other and finding common ground. Sounds really good.

  5. I adored this book! I also come from an Indian family and I could relate to so much from this book. Not everything, but so much. It was a wonderful story! Cute, yes, but very well-written and expressive. Menon did an excellent job with this book. I hope she writes more!

    Great review, Jasprit! Have a wonderful weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  6. Yay! I am so glad you liked this and am now excited for this book. I love adorable and cruisey YA books - glad you were in the mood for this. I know what you mean about struggling with genres sometimes. Last year I barely could read any YA as it all just felt the same. Thankfully I've found a heap of good YA this year which has reminded me how much I love it when I get my hands on the right book at the right tie. I am so looking forward to this :)

  7. I struggle a bit with contemporary YA, but your review and others do have me excited to give it a try.

  8. I'm glad to see you enjoyed this one!! I feel like I'm reading more adult than YA these days, but it's not really on purpose. Part of it is review books too! I really loved this one though. :)


  9. I'm so excited for this book, I can't stop reading reviews of it! :D <3 Glad that this book worked for you.

    Cass @ Words on Paper

  10. Yay :D Gorgeous review Jasprit. <3 So glad you enjoyed this book a lot. I'm a bit curious about :) Because it do look so gorgeous. Sigh. But unsure if I would like it :\ Aw. But yaay for good romance :D That's awesome.

  11. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Jasprit! I liked it a lot, but a little something didn't entirely click for me on the romance angle. But I did adore the friendships and the character development as well. Wonderful review, dear!!


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