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When Dimple Met Rishi: The laugh-out-loud YA romcom Kindle Edition
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After seeing this all over Twitter, I knew I needed to read it. And I'm glad I did! There were a lot of things to like about it, though it wasn't perfect for me.
Things I liked
- Yay, diversity! While I'm super happy that there is a bit more representation of Indian Americans in YA thanks to this book, it is not the only reason it's good. (That being said, I did talk to an Indian classmate about it, and she thought it was a bit stereotypical in its representation of Indian parents.)
- Dimple is quirky and stubborn, likes programming, and is all about going against tradition. Rishi, on the other hand, wanted to stick to traditions out of respect for his family and heritage. It was such an interesting dynamic!
- AND IT WAS SO CUTE. Their interactions were funny at times and just plain adorable at others.
Things I didn't like
- I got very caught up in the fuzzy feelings for the first half of the book, and then... I got a little... bored... The book just sort of lost its steam for me. I think because things got to a good place, and then there was just a lot of filler until the big drama at the end.
- I didn't care about any of the other characters, except maybe Rishi's brother. I feel like a lot of them were flat and stereotypical, especially the rich kids.
See, nice and quick! What did you guys think?
So the first few pages were good but then the first trope popped up "im not like other girls" because she doesnt do make up and rejects her parents traditional views. This can be done well Im one of those girls thats not a big fan of make up so its not the worst trope and works well if done right, this wasnt done right. Every few pages Dimple reminds us she isnt like other girls and that she hates make up, its so annoying to read.
Next we get the plot its gong to be her going off to coding camp.the amount to send her is alot for her parents, so youd think hey shell need to stick in and concentrate on doing the best she can. At first she does not just because of her parents and to prove to them she can do it but also to meet her idol. See at this camp there is a compitition to create the best app, winning it will mean meeting her idol and help bringing her app to market. So much put into this plot at the start I thought hey great yeah theres a love story but itll be along side this right. Wrong!
We jump between Dimples perspective and Rishi's its quickly established he is much more traditional and the opposite of dimple. His personality reminds me of my old boss Balaji who was awesome, I think this is why I didnt find Rishi so annoying.
He somehow decides the best way to say hi is to say "hello future wife" to dimple who of course thinks hes a creep and chucks her drink over him. Que discussion finding out that her parents have set her up and her getting angry at him/ her parents. He then has a choice stay or go and for some reason he stays. This is another thing that made me uneasy, she doesnt like me but maybe she'll come to like me, no just no. So they get teamed together and so they have to work together or shes going to lose out on why she came. This is where the plot could have foucused on them and the tension that comes from working on something so time consuming but no. Side note she often hits him or verbally berates him over nothing, not cool!
So the other plot comes in the form of her roommate and who shes teamed up with the Aberzombies. How theyre horrible people with loads of money and influence that can buy them whatever they want and thats all their character is. I actually stopped the book when she goes to dinner with them i just couldn't enjoy this who thing with them.
What did i like well most of it comes from the character of Rishi. The other part comes from how the culture is dealt with and you can really tell the author is from the same culture rather than just writting about it. Its interestingly read how the indian culture clashes with american culture and how the two characters balance them. The love story itself at times can be nice, sweet and a joy to read at times. The ending was lovely.
As you can see not much positives but enough to not make it a 1* or 2*. Its not the best but its a step in the right direction and I will still look forward to books like this though i do hope they are better than this.
I sometimes go on about diversity in fiction and this is exactly the sort of thing there should be more of. It's a lovely, quirky romance about a coding geek who meets a comic book geek. Dimple is serious, intense and completely focused on her goal of getting her app made. Rishi is courteous, charming and the quintessential dutiful son. They are both Indian, but they are also realistic and compelling characters without slipping into stereotypes. I was really invested in them and desperately wanted them to have their happy ending. When it came, I was grinning.
This is a fantastic book. Sweet, funny and moving.
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