If you're seeking the perfect Beach Read this summer, look no further than When Dimple Met Rishi, the adorable new romance by Sandhya Menon. This book reads like a script for a movie:
Dimple Shah is smart, motivated, and bound for Stanford, where she hopes to study web development. Unfortunately, her traditional Indian parents are more concerned with finding her the ideal husband (something Dimple is totally NOT into, by the way) than with her academic success. Dimple knows there's got to be more to her future than an arranged marriage. That's why she's so thrilled when her parents allow her to attend Insomnia Con, a pre-college web development seminar. Maybe they're finally seeing things her way after all...
Rishi Patel can't wait to attend Insomnia Con. Sure, he's excited about all the cool things he'll learn there, but he's mostly looking forward to meeting his future wife, whom his parents have told him will be attending as well (Dimple's parents neglected to tell her this much). In fact, he's got their whole future planned out in his head. He knows when he meets her, destiny will take over and everything will be wonderful.
Things do NOT go as planned...for either teen. Rishi makes a bold move and Dimple responds by throwing her Starbucks iced coffee in the guy's face.
As with any meet-cute where one of the pair initially can't stand the other, things change: Sure, Rishi annoys Dimple (or is she more annoyed at her parents for their sneaky matchup attempt?), but there's something about him that gets under her skin. And soon the two are...friends? Something more? Dimple knows she absolutely DOES NOT want to marry this boy, but there's no rule against hanging out. Maybe even casually dating. And who knows what will happen. Maybe not a wedding (they're only teens, after all), but romance is definitely in the air!
When Dimple Met Rishi was a fun, light read. I'm not too familiar with the concept of arranged marriage, so that put an interesting twist on things as did the generational gap between the forward-thinking Dimple and her more traditionally-minded parents. Characters were well-developed the plot pacing made the romantic timeline believable (no insta-love here). Overall, a cute story. --AJB