#BookReview: When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

5 stars

Genre: YA contemporary romance


  • Diverse main characters
  • Interesting cultural references
  • Cute flip of a theme


  • Predictable love story

I loved When Dimple Met Rishi! It features a cute romance. Not only do the two main characters fall in love, but you also start to adore them as a reader. I particularly liked how Menon flipped the theme of arranged marriages into something culturally positive.

All the tidbits of the characters’ beliefs about culture and thinking made for a great book in terms of how to create identity and what things are taken from one generation to the next. I’m also glad that she set this story at a summer conference for web developers.

I did hit a slight snag in the beginning when Dimple is first introduced. It seemed like she took on the rebellious archetype and acted a tad too disrespectful to her elders for my taste. Thankfully, that feeling was short-lived during the first chapter, and I was able to understand Dimple’s perspective soon enough.

The only other minor issue I have is that it’s a very predictable love story. Sure, there are obstacles along the way, but it’s definitely a general rush to happily ever. I do applaud Menon, though, for making Dimple a thinking woman who stands up for herself and makes sure she doesn’t just get reduced to a role or caricature.

Overall, an adorable love story.

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