When Dimple Met Rishi Hardcover – 30 May 2017
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A School Library Journal Best Young Adult Book of 2017
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A Junior Library Guild Selection
“Effervescent.” —Chicago Tribune
“Full of warm characters and sweet romance.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Get ready to fall in love with Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel.” —HelloGiggles
“Deliciously quirky, funny, and nerdy.” —Bustle
“Charming and heartwarming.” —PopSugar
“Utterly delightful.” —BookRiot
“Heartwarming, empathetic, and often hilarious—a delightful read.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A vibrant, joyous, funny love story.” —VOYA, starred review
“The strength of the story comes from its blending of Indian culture and values into a modern-day romance that scores of readers can enjoy.” —School Library Journal
“Bright and funny.” —Publishers Weekly
“Nuanced and thoughtful . . . will melt the hearts of readers.” —Booklist
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- Item Weight : 408 g
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1481478680
- ISBN-13 : 978-1481478687
- Product Dimensions : 13.97 x 3.3 x 20.96 cm
- Publisher : Simon Pulse (30 May 2017)
- Reading level : 12 and up
- Language: : English
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This book includes love, drama, fights,tears, reunion and finally dance. Perfect ingredients for a Bollywood movie.
1.I'm in love it Dimple's mom. She's exactly what I would say an Indian mom. She's strict, competitive , hilarious and totally lovable.
2. Hilarious; undoubtedly it's fun to read and becomes addictive.
3. Dimple comes off as cold bitch at first during the pace of time you end up connecting to her. She's a whirlwind of emotions.
1. Little unrealistic. Getting engaged at the age of 18 - 19 is too early for the educated crowd.
2. Rishi is too goody shoes and little delusional.
3. Too much like a bollywood movie.
Final verdict- Lovable, hilarious, refreshing read. You definitely experience all the emotions.
Let me tell all non-Indians one thing, arranged marriages at 18 are unheard off, they r not part of the modern culture and when they happen and oh boy they do.. They in that case happen because there are usually a number of side stories and reasons behind it.
And let's get on to Rishi!! Ahh the charming Indian prince..Too good to be true. I love him and I seriously wish guys would take some lessons from him..
I can rant forever on the things that are wrong with this book and things that are right and great!! But advice to anyone reading it,don't take it seriously believe me just don't. Moms don't go around telling us girls to wear makeup or good clothes(except on occasions).A number of people are not vegetarians and finding one is sorta a rarity. And girls like Dimple aren't forced into marriages (maybe some are but I don't thing at 18) but as she said in the book- she is an American.. A girl stuck between having to let go of her old identities and take on new ones.. The social media scare was quite true..
So read it, I'm sure many people will love it but don't give a lot of thought on the representation methods. It's just story about a fierce girl and a charming boy.. I wish there was a movie on it. I would love to watch..
Rishi is this pure little boy who is literally made of everything good plus toss in some innocence and a romantic heart. Seriously, where can I find this boy in real life? And Dimple on the other hand is this fierce and passionate girl who is strictly against marriage and doesn't want a relationship, especially one set up by her parents. But Rishi has already fallen in love with her and is all ready to marry her so Dimple might have lost it a bit and thrown an iced coffee in his face.
When they're stuck in the same programme Dimple feels a little bad and decided they can stick together and be friends for a while? But too late she find herself falling for him. Confused whether she wants this or not Dimple is set for a long journey of making new relationships, learning life lessons and helping people explore their dreams.
This is the cutest romance ever and Rishi is such a sweetie, pretty much everyone falls in love with him. You have got to read this book!
PS: If you're Indian you'll love the desi references casually thrown in there!
I have even decided the cast in my head:
Dimple- Deepika Padukone
Rishi- Ayushman Khuranna
All tracks and background music by Arijit.
Yes, that's right. This book is literally like reading a modern bollywood romance!
I felt soo good after reading this.
It's absolutely perfect for one of your weekend read..
Top reviews from other countries
I have to admit, I didn’t really enjoy it. It was an okay YA contemporary, but I had issues with it. A lot of this is probably because of who I am as a person, and the person that I am really doesn’t like reading about domestic abuse. I’m quite sensitive in that regard, I suppose.
My main issue was that Dimple kept punching (or wanting to punch) Rishi. I feel like I can make slight allowances depending on the setting and situation, but like I said, I’m pretty sensitive to domestic abuse and anything similar. In this situation it was just too much. I am not on board with anyone hitting their love interest. Of course, this doesn’t mean that Dimple and Rishi’s entire relationship is going to be abusive, or anyone is going to suffer from domestic abuse in the long run, but I couldn’t deal with the punching out of anger or exasperation.
And did I ship it? No.
That said, the controversial coffee scene was hilarious. If some random guy came up to me in a coffee shop and introduced himself as my future husband, I would also throw coffee at him and run the hell away.
I liked Rishi, although I didn’t relate to him at all because our beliefs are just so different. But he was an interesting character. I also liked it when Rishi’s brother showed up because that added something to the plot that was previously missing. I.e. excitement. Dimple was… yeah. Eh. I wish I could have seen her doing some more coding because I wanted to read about a female coder.
I did really enjoy Dimple and Celia’s relationship, which started out online and then grew to an IRL friendship. There were a few hiccups along the way, but I liked them.
So this isn’t the best book. There’s not much of a plot, it’s very basic YA, but I did enjoy the Indian representation and the few funny scenes that were scattered throughout.
After seeing this all over Twitter, I knew I needed to read it. And I'm glad I did! There were a lot of things to like about it, though it wasn't perfect for me.
Things I liked
- Yay, diversity! While I'm super happy that there is a bit more representation of Indian Americans in YA thanks to this book, it is not the only reason it's good. (That being said, I did talk to an Indian classmate about it, and she thought it was a bit stereotypical in its representation of Indian parents.)
- Dimple is quirky and stubborn, likes programming, and is all about going against tradition. Rishi, on the other hand, wanted to stick to traditions out of respect for his family and heritage. It was such an interesting dynamic!
- AND IT WAS SO CUTE. Their interactions were funny at times and just plain adorable at others.
Things I didn't like
- I got very caught up in the fuzzy feelings for the first half of the book, and then... I got a little... bored... The book just sort of lost its steam for me. I think because things got to a good place, and then there was just a lot of filler until the big drama at the end.
- I didn't care about any of the other characters, except maybe Rishi's brother. I feel like a lot of them were flat and stereotypical, especially the rich kids.
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When Dimple Met Rishi was not what I expected. I knew that the MCs had Indian parents and were involved in an arranged marriage but my idea of what this book would be like was very different to what I got and I was really impressed.
Dimple was so easy to like. She wasn't willing to give into her mother's wish for her to marry and find herself the 'Ideal Indian Husband'. She wasn't even willing to give in about wearing makeup and putting in her contacts just to entice a man. Instead, she id focused on pursuing web design. I loved her passion and her focus, even if I didn't fully understand it because I certainly didn't know what I what I wanted to do at eighteen. I think Dimple's focus and unwillingness to compromise herself for any reason that made me both like her and dislike her. She was far too unwilling to compromise when it comes to others. Even when it meant angering her friends and those close to her. It was her worst quality and was something which came between her and Rishi and it was annoying. I did like seeing her grow throughout the book, though.
And then there was Rishi. I didn't think I'd like him as much, I mean, he was close to his parents and willing to follow the path which they wished for him. He was willing to sacrifice a lot to do what was expected. He was awkward and cute and I loved him. I wasn't even overly bothered by the fact he had money and was privileged because he didn't flaunt it. He was just an adorable cinnamon roll and I think I loved him. I was just as frustrated by him as Dimple but I felt his reservations were far more logical. Wanting a secure future, whilst not totally believable for a teenager, is not a bad thing and so I got why he was so hesitant to pursue all of his dreams.
I found the whole book very adorable, though. And for both Dimple and Rishi their Indian heritage was obvious and I loved how Rishi honoured it so much and then Dimple was learning parts of her culture was ingrained because that was how she was raised. She considered how her parents would react to big decisions and even her quest to design an app was partially done to make her father proud of her.
I loved this, it was a brilliant YA and demonstrates the genre is totally growing. I want more diverse reads like this one. Fingers crossed this is the start of a trend.
Dimple. She comes off as rude and bratty, at first. She's part of an Indian family that has migrated to the US for a better life. Her mother wants her to get married and have babies, while Dimple wants to make a career. Getting married and having babies is not really on her 5-year-plan - or any plan, really.
She manages to make it to a summer program and there she meets Rishi, her future husband. Or so he says.
Now, Rishi. My God, but did I love him! He's the boy-next-door character; he's sweet and kind and a traditionalist. Something that has him and Dimple clash many times.
Starting off as friends, the friendship slowly - very slowly - evolves into more. At one point, no matter how much I loved Rishi and started tolerating Dimple, I put it aside because I felt it was dragging. But giving it another chance, it picked up and I ended up enjoying it. And rating it 4 stars. Will definitely read the book about Rishi's younger brother.