Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: May 30, 2017
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family—and 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—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 gravitating 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.
I find it annoying whenever I read an overhyped book and found it not worth the hype. That’s one of my issues with Dimple Met Rishi.
To be honest, I enjoyed reading the book. It made me laugh and smile at times, but there is no plot. I don’t want to be harsh, but I have read a way better storyline in Wattpad.✌🏻
Let’s start by talking about the non-existent plot. The only plot that you would encounter in this book is what they mentioned in the synopsis. And for a book like that, a 380-paged book is a bit questionable. Some of the issues of the book felt mediocre. Even the conflict in the end felt like an afterthought to create a conflict between the two main characters.
Given that the author is a person of color, I looked forward to what this book has to offer. But other than the other language that I do not have time to Google Translate, and a few customs from the culture that are barely delved into, the story felt nothing different from any other book.
Moreover, the plot mostly revolves around the bullying aspect of the story and kissing, kissing, and more kissing. The bullying aspect in the story is so toxic. The characters are about to go to college, and yet the attitude of these characters, especially the bullies, felt like an attitude of freshmen high school. In addition to that, I felt like the bullying was not wrapped up quite well given all the pages that are dedicated to the main character getting bullied.
Another disappointing thing is the web developer camp. I expected to see more of how the main character would shine and prove those bullies wrong in a field that most people think is just for men. Do we get that? No. What we get is a talent show that is not related in any way whatsoever in web development but has an impact on the judging score. How can we spend too much time on practicing a dance instead of showing the web developing aspect of the story??????????
Furthermore, given that this is a romance book I think I need to point out that I am not rooting for the romance. I am more invested with the side character’s romance story rather than the main characters. Besides, they were kissing in less than 50 pages until more than 250 pages before the author decided to add a conflict between them.
I really have a good time reading this book because it felt like I am reading a fanfiction or a Wattpad story. But if you are looking for a romance story by a POC author, I think there are much better books out there than this one.
That is all for this rant/review.😅
Until next time!