When Dimple Met Rishi was the first book I finished this summer and I’m still not quite over how cute it was. I’d seen hype about this book for months and fell in love with the cover as soon as I saw it but it took me a while to have the time to get round to reading it!
The story revolves around two Indian-American teens whose parents have decided that they’d be a great married couple. She’s unaware of this, he doesn’t realise that she’s unaware and unwilling to get married until he introduces himself at the computer programming summer school they’re both taking part in. It begins as an unlikely romance, but it’s written so thoughtfully that you can’t help but root for these characters.
I loved the development of both characters throughout the story. They make mistakes, they learn from them and they remain true to themselves while learning to make compromises in relationships. I particularly enjoyed the way that Dimple’s relationship with her parents matures from thinking that they’re old fashioned and only thinking of themselves to realising that they value her happiness above all else. It was a very realistic depiction of how teens relationships with caring parents changes dynamic as they approach adulthood.
The story is a fun, modern approach to Indian traditions of arranged marriages and how a delicate balance between youthful goals and family expectations can be reached.