Monday, August 14, 2017

REVIEW: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon - 4.5 stars

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 10:00 AM
Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Genre: YA Contemporary OwnVoices?
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication: May 30th 2017
Cover Rating: 5/5

First, I would like to state that the synopsis for this book is very misleading. It says that Dimple and Rishi both signed up for this summer program before anything was known. That was no the case and it really bothers me that this synopsis is so wrong. But, that aside, this book was so cute. Think Anna and the French Kiss, cute.

I adored Dimple. She was a headstrong young woman and she knew what she wanted in life. I have read so many reviews where people are bashing her for her attitude and her way of thinking and it just annoyed me. Why do people need to fit into a category in order for you to like them? Dimple was amazing from start to finish. Yes, she ended up a little bit changed at the end of the book but, once again, why does she have to fit into some category just to make you happy? I do, however, think that Dimple had a lot of misplaced anger. But once you read further into the book you sort of see where that comes from. When you lead a life of defending yourself or tucking tail and running, it tends to have some form of negative repercussions.

Rishi. Oh man, Rishi. He was... not at all what I was expecting. He was so sweet and funny and smart. I expected him to be all arrogant and uptight. I love the way he stood up for Dimple's honor and none of his actions had any form of ulterior motives. Rishi was a genuinely awesome guy and Dimple is one lucky girl.

Dimple and Rishi ended up forming a friendship in order to win the App contest that their summer program is hosting. This friendship leads to so many beautiful and cute moments that is was hard to NOT fall for both of them. Along with these cute moments these two did the most amazing things for each other. When you love someone you want to make them happy and try to help them achieve their goals. BOTH Dimple and Rishi reached out and did things like this for each other and it was so heartwarming.

Aside from the cute little friendship/romance, this book also contained a good amount of racism. Since there were other kids at this summer program there was bound to be some form of drama. This drama was just horrible. The things the Aberzombies sad to Dimple without thinking twice was unbelievable. They were kids who had their peers and teachers in their fathers pockets so they were beyond privileged. It just sucks that these type of people exist and it sucks even more when there is no one to stand up to them.

In the end, this book was so cute and I was scared it wasn't going to end the way it did. It NEEDED to end the way it did. I am glad egos were pushed aside and both parties finally saw the light of day. I know the end result wasn't what Dimple had planned for her life but life doesn't follow a straight line and sometimes detours are necessary in order to survive and get to our end goal. Yes, that was cryptic as crap in order to avoid spoilers. You can thank me later.

In addition, this book was actually not what I was expecting at all. I was thinking there was going to be some VERY harsh cultural rules and forced marriage but it was nothing like that and I made me happy to see that some parents truly just want their kids to be happy.

Overall, I gave the book 4.5/5 stars.


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