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Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi

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Title: When Dimple Met Rishi (2017)
Author: Sandhya Menon
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Humour, Romance and Fiction
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Release Date: 1st June 2017
Rating: ★★★★☆
Reviewed by: Lois


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.

As joyfully refreshing as Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Han and Nicola Yoon, When Dimple Met Rishi is a frothy, funny contemporary romance told from the dual perspectives of two Indian American protagonists. While Dimple is fighting her family traditions, Rishi couldn’t be happier to follow in the footsteps of his parents – could sparks fly between this odd couple, or is this matchmaking attempt doomed to fail?”


This is easily one of the sweetest books I have ever read. It was the perfect book to read to cheer me up when I was incredibly busy and everything seemed to be going wrong.

Sandhya Menon’s debut novel is extraordinary and contains all the factors of an incredible romantic comedy. When Dimple Met Rishi doesn’t feel like a forced love story instead it feels true to real life.

Dimple has her sights set on being a web developer, she is ambitious and cannot wait to design her own app. Much to the despair of her mother, Dimple isn’t at all interested in looking for her IIH (ideal Indian husband), she just wants to prove she can somewhere by being a web developer.

Rishi is following in the footsteps of his father but is hiding his talent and what he has a passion for from everyone. He is quite the romantic and wants to please his parents and their traditions by finding an Indian wife.

Dimple and Rishi are completely different but when they meet by a twist of fate (or very clever parent planning) the story that occurs is beautiful.

When Dimple Met Rishi is a perfectly simple romantic comedy that contains all of the right aspects. Loveable characters that you can’t help but relate to, interesting character development, nerdy moments, diversity, friendship, an exploration of family and family traditions and a love story you cannot help but smile at! Menon has written a love story that is heart-warming, fun, exciting and emotionally satisfying. I came out of reading this book with the biggest smile on my face. This book is the perfect YA contemporary. When Dimple Met Rishi will make you cry, laughing and then cry laughing. I am certain that I will be reading his book again.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to those who want something refreshing to read! If you are someone who loves contemporaries or wants a book to melt their heart then this is the book for you.

Thank you to Sandhya Menon, Hodder and Stoughton and Netgalley for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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