Menon, Sandhya. When Dimple met Rishi. New York, Simon Pulse, 2017.
Hardcover | $17.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-1481478687 | 380 pages | YA Contemporary Romance
When Dimple Met Rishi is an unexpectedly adorable YA romance. I love how, even though the story deals with tropes that are familiar, like arranged marriage, opponents to lovers, and young people coping with their parents’ expectations when they want to do something else, they all come together to become an original and entertaining story.
One of the best parts is Dimple and Rishi themselves. They have contrasting desires, but neither is made out to be in the wrong, while also both of them being enlightened by each other’s perspective, and subsequently, their openness to help the other achieve their dreams. And I love how things work out with them both getting what they want and ending together to pursue their relationship.
The secondary characters are also wonderful. Celia and Ashish were such a nice surprise, especially given that I wasn’t sure about whether Celia was a good person or not. But the revelation about how they were connected made me anxious for more from them to find out how their relationship pans out.
Speaking of Celia, I love how her “friends,” the Aberzombies,” present an example of what wealth and privilege can get you. While the turn of events where they’re concerned is a bit cliche, it still gave me immense satisfaction to see Dimple and Rishi triumph over them through hard work, and Celia decide not to associate with them after enduring weeks of drama.
I think fans of fun multicultural romantic comedies will love this book.