When Dimple Met Rishi is an upcoming rom-com featuring two Indian-American protagonists at a programming summer camp. This book appealed to me due to the #OwnVoices tag (a movement started by Corrinne Duyvis to promote traditionally unheard voices and characters). I was also interested in a female protagonist who is interested in programming, since I’ve never come across that in YA. So let’s take a look at the book breakdown:
May 30, 2017. We’re getting close! The book is being published by SimonPulse, and will be a hearty 320 pages long.
Summary (from Goodreads):
A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
Sandhya Menon is an Indian author living in Colorado. When Dimple Met Rishi is her first book, and she has another project slated for 2018. For people who love to watch authors grow this would be a good person to start with. She is a self-proclaimed Bollywood movie fanatic and a Gryffilpuff. Her website is here!
The Bustle got the scoop with the first three chapters of the book, which I sat down and read in between clients at work today. Menon’s writing fits with most YA romances I’ve read, but with an added twist. The addition of Indian culture is so fresh and seamless that it makes the concept behind a romcom so much more exciting for me. Dimple is already making me chuckle, and her family is so different from any that I have experienced. It works to quickly pull in a curious reader and expose them to a new culture. This looks like it’s going to be a cute and entertaining summer read for those looking to detox from the Spring semester.
Overall Excitement Meter:
4/5. I’m actually fairly lit for this one guys. While romances don’t typically appeal to me, the concept behind this book is original enough to peak my interest. If I’m being totally honest, I’m honestly just sick of white man/white woman romances. So seeing some representation and an unrecognizable culture to me in a book is exciting. The first three chapters are promising, so come May 30th I will certainly be looking for this one!