When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

Book - 2017 | First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
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When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents' obsession with "marriage prospects" but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2017
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781481478687 (jacketed hardcover)
1481478680 (jacketed hardcover)
Branch Call Number: Y MENON
Characteristics: 380 pages ; 22 cm


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When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents' obsession with "marriage prospects" but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him.

When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents' obsession with "marriage prospects" but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him.

When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a summer program in San Francisco, Dimple is avoiding her parents' obsession with "marriage prospects" but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him.

9th to 12th grade

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Jan 25, 2021

“When Dimple Met Rishi” explores an unexpected romance between Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel, two first-generation Indian-Americans. Dimple’s traditional Indian family is obsessed with helping her find the “perfect Indian husband”, but Dimple really doesn’t share their sentiments. She could care less about finding a suitable man and has more important things to think about anyway, like the web developers summer program she’s attending at Stanford. Rishi, on the other hand, is a totally hopeless romantic. Anyhow, it turns out that Rishi is attending the same summer program as Dimple. Which turns out to be the perfect opportunity for Rishi and Dimple’s parents to set them up together. Rishi is totally on board. Dimple, on the other hand, has no clue about any of it. This unexpected set up begins to blossom into a deep, unexpected romance between the two.
This was a nice book that left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling after finishing it. The main characters’ had this sort of slow-burn relationship where they gradually fell for each other without realizing it. It was remarkably funny and very heartwarming to read.

Dec 21, 2020

Dimple Shah has her life figured out. She wants to study programming, build an app, help lots of lives...and be free from her controlling mother's grasp. There was so much more to her life than finding a good match for her future. The trouble would be getting her mother to see that. At least she was able to go to Insomnia Con, a summer computer coding program where she could live out her passions for 3 months - coding and freedom. Enter Rishi Patel, a self-proclaimed romantic who did everything in his power to make his parents happy, whether it was to give up his love of comics for a stable career in technology, be the poised and proper son, or start looking for a good match for marriage. He was happy to do it. After all, he couldn't wait to find his perfect arranged love and enter a phase of stability...if only she knew it as well.
When they're paired together to build an app at Insomnia Con with an embarrassing misunderstanding, the two had conflicting views on what their relationship would be - Dimple was adamant on keeping it purely platonic, while he kept up his hopes for something more. Will Rishi learn to chase after his dreams for once? Will Dimple realize that she can have both in her life and still be successful, love and a career? Read "When Dimple Met Rishi'' for a lighthearted, culture-filled story of two teenagers each trying to fulfill their own dreams...and maybe find that missing piece along the way.
Yes, I realize that for many readers out there, this book was subpar at best. For me, however, I truly loved it. Yes, Dimple can be very dramatic and overbearing at times, but every character has their flaws. This story portrayed indian culture accurately, and had a cute and sweet love story that is good if you just want to unwind at the end of the day with a wholesome romance. However, one thing to note is that Dimple’s character of being “not like other girls” is cliche, and by having her personality in such a way, she degrades other women around her for doing traditionally “feminine” things. That being said, the plot talked about important topics such as knowing when you are in with the wrong crowd and finding that balance between making your parents happy and making yourself happy. I think this book in its entirety (bollywood references galore) was a really fun book, even if it was mega predictable at times.

Dec 09, 2020

When Dimple Met Rishi is a lovely story of an Indian girl whose parents have her life decided for her. But she doesn’t want it. She convinces her parents to allow her to attend a summer program for growing web developers and believes they are backing down. But unknown to her, she’s engaged to Rishi Patel, a hopeless romantic. Complete opposites, this wonderful story is a web of challenges that’ll keep you on your toes as Dimple and Rishi navigate their apparently predetermined life. I really enjoyed reading this story of love and hope and it is a unique novel.
Age Rating 12+

Jul 08, 2020

This book is a romantic story where Dimple Shah, an incoming college freshman at Stanford who’s attending Insomnia Con, a coding camp, meets Rishi Patel, who claims that he’s her future husband and that both of their parents had decided on hooking both of them up. Dimple is devastated; all her life she’s wanted to focus on her tech career and her dream to work with Jenny Lindt, her idol, and now it’s all being turned upside down. But as time goes on, the anger towards Rishi turns into understanding and then turns into a meaningful relationship. Through laughter, tears, and loss, Dimple faces the reality of choosing between love and career.

I loved the informative descriptions of Indian culture. Hearing that part of Dimple’s life was so exciting. I also loved the caring and understanding relationship between Rishi and Dimple, even though I disagreed with some circumstances between them. They shared both funny and comedic scenes but there was also a deeper relationship between them, which I loved. The character development I saw in not only Dimple but many of the supporting characters was something I loved seeing.

One thing I disliked in this book was the writing style. I’m usually not as picky with the style as I am with the plot, but I felt the writing style didn’t exactly match the given plot. Another thing would be the main character. I know, it’s a big one. Though I do feel that there’s some sort of character development in Dimple, I felt that she was very hateful and didn’t really give anyone a chance - she just judged people and moved on. Again, there was some character development, but through that perspective, I was a bit disappointed.

If you're looking for a cute, rom-com story and be educated about a different culture along the way, I would definitely recommend this book.

jcljessicaj Apr 20, 2020

It was really nice to read a story set on a college campus. I would have loved a story like this when I was new to being out on my own. Plus, who doesn't love the interference of meddling parents to add a little drama?

HKK_Teen_Staff Apr 10, 2020

Why read? Let me count the ways:

1) A meet-cute that goes wrong

2) A heroine who codes

3) Delicious coffee and cuisine

SPL_Liz Sep 27, 2019

This is such a cute book! I don't read much romance but I loved Dimple, a geeky, headstrong young woman with serious career abmitions. Her parents miraculously allow her to attend Insomnia Con, a six week coding camp which could lead to her dream of developing an app with her professional idol Jenny Lindt. When she arrives, she finds out her parents have sent her there in an attempt to hook her up with a potential husband, Rishi Patel. As the conference goes on and they are paired together on the Insomnia Con project, Dimple comes to see him in a new light. A cute read, sprinkled with Hindi words and traditions, and a diverse cast of characters, this novel will caputre your heart. Recommended for geek girls, Bollywood fans, and anyone who's ever felt misunderstood by their parents.

STPL_JessH Sep 19, 2019

Menon writes with humour, intellect, and spirit. I'm a big fan!

Sep 04, 2019

I authentically really enjoyed reading this book. This story is about an Indian girl who's parents have set her up with an Arranged Marriage! Dimple is 100% against the union to a boy named Rishi. She just wants to be a regular American girl moving away to college and studying. I really loved the cultural diversity aspect of this novel. The main character Dimple was also very relatable! If you just want a sappy, romantic read with a happy ending, this is the book for you. It's just good vibes all around. I will defiantly be recommending this book again around Valentine's day.

Aug 21, 2019

To Dimple Shah's surprise, her parents allow her to attend a summer coding program in San Francisco that she's always dreamed of attending. But what she doesn't know is that her parents have arranged for her 'future husband', Rishi Patel, to attend the same program. When they meet, they realize they're each other's complete opposite in every way. However, as they spend more time together and get to know one another, they fall for each other and realize what love really is.

2/5 : Many people give this book shit for being poorly execute, while many others praise this book for being a cute summer love story. This book, to me, falls in the middle. The beginning had a promising setup and it was, at first, a lighthearted summer romance story. Then about two thirds of the way in, the characters and the plot were completely different from what I read in the synopsis. This simply wasn't what I expected. The writing was cheesy and overall I would not recommend.

I was sold on the first chapter at first. I thought Dimple was this headstrong, ambitious girl that was ready to finally showcase her hard work and prove to her parents what she was capable of. It was a promising setup for a YA romance. But... when Dimple and Rishi immediately found out about their arranged marriage, (and while I appreciate they didn't dance around the whole 'arranged marriage' thing for the whole novel) part of me was disappointed because all of that tension immediately dissolved. I thought this book would embrace the arranged marriage concept more, but after they found out it wasn't all that special and read like any other YA romance. Dimple's character was inconsistent, however I really like Rishi because he seems like someone I would be friends with in real life. Anyway, this book fell flat when the talent show arc came around. It made absolutely no sense why a coding camp, filled with web developers, would host a talent show in the middle of their program. Also, Ashish and Celia's subplot thing was so stupid. The ending felt forced, like they were forced to get back together after that really unclear break up. However, I appreciate the diversity in this book. I liked how Rishi's values were deeply rooted in his culture, representing more traditional/eastern values oppose to Dimple's modern/western values. It's not something you find in most YA books. I really like how he was rooted in his parent's values and honoring his family.... but then he kind of threw it all away?!? It's not that I disapprove of him going to art school, rather...to me, it felt like he suddenly changed all of his values and morals because Dimple called him a 'coward', because Dimple made him feel like his values are wrong (which is a whole other debate I'm not commenting on). And after reading from such a traditional perspective for 300 pages... it was disappointing to see it all thrown away in.

What I Take From This: Live your own life. Don't worry about following accidentally living the wrong life or about only living the life you've planned for; just life your own life. It's yours. Follow your passion. Also, good diversity and representation in YA is important.

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Jan 28, 2019

Sexual Content: The two main characters have sex and other teens talk about having "hooked up". There's a good amount of kissing. I mean, it is a romance.


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