When Dimple Met Rishi is one of my most anticipated reads of 2017 because when I first saw that cover – and I mean THAT COVER!! – I was already sold! It was a YA contemporary, has diverse characters, and an honest to goodness beautiful cover. Perfect!
However, I would really be honest here and say that it was so-so for me. It didn’t give me lots of feels which is what I usually look for when in the books that I read. It was definitely a feel good YA contemporary, I must say. But I felt like the first half only did it for me – the second half was just okay.
- Introduction of Indian characters in a the YA world is a very welcome change for me. I loved immersing myself in the culture and traditions, and even in their language. Dimple met Rishi is a very refreshing read, with very refreshing characters and premise.
- Speaking of premise, I have always been in love with story plots involving arranged marriages and hate to love relationships. The build up with this one is really good – like when Dimple is so much opposed to the idea of having an arranged husband in the person of Rishi, while the latter is continually pursuing her. It was such a fun and light take on slow burn romantic relationships and I loved it.
- Rishi is just so traditional you’ll love him to bits. I especially loved how Rishi was the one pictured to be conventional and traditional here. Usually it’s the girls who are, but actually knowing a guy who believes in arranged marriages and romance and traditions? It’s just really sweet.
- The writing was great. Sandhya Menon has such a fun way of writing.
- The second half of the story turned out kinda meh for me because as much as the build up of Dimple and Rishi’s relationship was good, everything that went down after didn’t appeal to me that much.
- I was expecting more conflict, I guess, that would challenge their relationship and would eventually make them realize that they actually like each other, etc. I don’t know, just something to stir conflict of some sort.
- I guess it’s really just the age gap. 😉
Over all, I would recommend When Dimple Met Rishi to all young adults and even adult readers put there. It was a cute and fun read. I guess I just my standards too high because of all the craze that surrounds the book.
Have you read When Dimple Met Rishi? I would love to know how you liked it! 🙂