Review: When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon

WHAT A DELIGHT. If you’re one of those people who laments the decline of the rom-com as a movie genre, and you remotely enjoy YA, I must insist that you read When Dimple Met Rishi. I yearn and yearn for it to be made into a teen movie. Whatever happened to teen movies? Where are the Can’t Hardly Waits of the new generation?

When Dimple Met Rishi

So the deal is that Dimple, a budding coder, gets permission from her parents to attend Insomnia Con, at which the winning app design will receive support and backing from legendary computer person Jenny Lindt. BUT THERE’S A CATCH. Unbeknownst to Dimple, her parents have set her up to meet with Rishi Patel, the son of their friends and a (hypothetically) perfect candidate to become Dimple’s husband someday. Are they paired up to be partners in app design? YOU KNOW IT, PAL.

Where to begin with things I loved about this book. Like, number one, I love a romantic comedy, and When Dimple Met Rishi is a perfect romantic comedy, from the disastrous first meeting to the wonderful side characters with their worthwhile subplots to the mushy, swoony declarations of love at the end. I truly do miss the era of fun, sweet, soft-hearted rom-com films, and When Dimple Met Rishi filled that hole in my heart.

Number two, I adore and cherish Dimple for her strengths — her brilliance, her drive and ambition, her love for her parents even when they’re driving her batty — as well as for her weaknesses. She acts quickly and on instinct in ways that can make her a little mean and dismissive, which resonated with me as a somewhat mean and dismissive person. I loved her for always coming back to her mistakes and trying to find ways to make them right, and I loved that she let herself see Rishi for who he was, rather than just what he stood for (the Ideal Indian Husband).

Number three and oh so much of this, I love that Menon let Rishi do emotions. This is a boy who wants to grow up to be a father and husband, and it is vanishingly rare to encounter such a boy in fiction (even though I have encountered several of them in real life). He’s gentle but not weak, and he stands up for Dimple from the first moment they meet, and it’s the damn best.

Is there Bollywood dancing? Yes there is Bollywood dancing. Are there rude rich kids who get put in their place? Abso-damn-lutely. When Dimple Met Rishi. Do yourself a favor and read it ASAP.

Thanks to Janani, among others, for raving about this book so hard that I had to read it. ETA: Aarti is my review twin today! Check out her review also!

  • Nishita

    This book is really on fire. I’ve heard so many good things about it, but I’ve never been a fan of YA romance, but since you enjoyed it so much, I should pick it up soon.

  • I would love to see this as a movie, with the Bollywood dancing! Everything about it sounds fine, but I am slightly put off by the girl’s name. Dimple, really?

    • Ceillie Simkiss

      Names like Dimple, Twinkle, Sweetie, etc, are actually not uncommon names for Indian families, from what I understand. There are bollywood performers with each of those names. 🙂

  • Ceillie Simkiss

    YES I’M SO GLAD YOU LOVED IT IT WAS SO GOOD. I listened to the audiobook and just… it was so good. I fell in love.

  • Aarti

    We are REVIEW TWINS today! I like that we had different takes on the book. I agree with Ceillie that the audiobook is really good, not least because the narrators properly pronounce the words and names 🙂

  • Heather O’Roark

    I want to read this one so badly! It sounds perfect for me!!

  • Rachel

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this book! I hope to read it before the end of the year and it sounds like a book I would absolutely love.

  • I liked it. I loved all the characters, especially Dimple. But the romance was cheesy even by romcom standards

  • I loved Can’t Hardly Wait!! But, I also don’t love YA and am not sure I’d love a book that read like a rom-com. Romance drives crazy in books, too.

  • This sounds wonderful! I love rom coms, but also like action movies and since only one of those things intersects with my husbands movie interests, we mostly watch action movies. But I do love them and reading one sounds great. And everything else about it sounds great too 🙂

  • I adored this book! The cover is awesome, and the book is exactly what the cover promises. It was a complete treat.

    Also, I’ve been ignoring the internet for a while, but you have wonderful links. A Wrinkle in Time: so, so excited!

  • There’s been a lot of hype about this book, so I’ve been resisting it. Silly, I know. But you’ve convinced me to pick it up… at the library. When I return Grace and the Fever.

    Have I mentioned your recommendations have been really on point lately? 😀