When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, 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...

Title:When Dimple Met Rishi
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ISBN:1481478680
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:380 pages

When Dimple Met Rishi Reviews

  • Emma Giordano

    If you were looking for your perfect cute summer contemporary romance novel . . . look no further.

    This book was honestly so wonderful. It was an absolute delight to read. It is adorable. It's laugh out loud hilarious. It'll give you alllllll the feels.

    As this novel follows to Indian-American protagonists who's parents have essentially "suggested" a potential arranged marriage between the two, I can't speak for the representation. I will say, I've only seen rave reviews from Indian reviewers and

    If you were looking for your perfect cute summer contemporary romance novel . . . look no further.

    This book was honestly so wonderful. It was an absolute delight to read. It is adorable. It's laugh out loud hilarious. It'll give you alllllll the feels.

    As this novel follows to Indian-American protagonists who's parents have essentially "suggested" a potential arranged marriage between the two, I can't speak for the representation. I will say, I've only seen rave reviews from Indian reviewers and it is so clear to me that many readers could really identify with these two characters who may share their heritage. In my experience, I virtually have no knowledge of Indian culture whatsoever. As it's a hugely influential part of the story, I do feel I took away a lot! There are many phrases and words in Hindi, they speak about different types of Indian fashion, and overall display a lot of customs I previously did not know much about. I ended up googling a lot of what was included in the novel and really enjoying learning something new about Indian culture! I've left this novel with a huge desire to learn more, and to especially watch more Bollywood movies. I think this story would be enjoyable for Indian readers and non-Indian readers like. There's so much to love about the way this culture is presented.

    Like I said, the humor is CONSTANT. This is a seriously funny read and I promise you will find yourself laughing all throughout. I can't remember the last time I read a book that I could really sell to you based solely on comedic value, but my gosh is this book downright hysterical. It's totally worth the read just for the comedy and amusement.

    Dimple is such a queen. Any girl who can call out her mother's misogynistic views by page five is a girl I can get behind. She is 100% unique and sure of herself - She's a non-conformist and happy with being in her own skin. She's absolutely independent and unafraid to be herself. I really appreciated the individuality of her character and her determination to stay true to herself.

    Rishi is such a loveable dork. "Dork" is sincerely the only way I can describe it because he's just so goofy and full of life. He's a dedicated person, whether that's to his parents wishes or to his own heart. He really goes over the moon for the people he cares about and I think that's so admirable.

    I think the only thing I would have liked to see MORE of - not that the book is not absolutely fabulous - is a more developed story of the web design aspect of this book. Dimple & Rishi attend the same summer program/contest where the goal is to develop an app to present to professionals in the world of web design. Dimple repeatedly expresses her love for coding and it's obvious that she is pursuing a career she is passionate about. I just would have liked more scenes of Dimple and Rishi actively working on their app they are at the program for, in addition to all of the fun scenes that come from their summer together. I think Dimple's idea for the app itself was revolutionary and a bit more development on their coding process and how the app eventually comes out would have only aided the story.

    Overall, this book was fantastic. It made me happy. It made me emotional. It helped educate me. I'm really thankful I experienced this story and I really hope you all pick it up this May 30th! I'm hoping to have a longer review on my YouTube channel in the coming months, so stay tuned for that!

  • Tweebs☯

    I wanted to respond to everyone's comments but I didn't want to come off repetitive so I'll express my gratitude on here.

    Thank you to everyone for being so supportive ❤❤❤ I don't have enough words to describe my love for y'all. Bless your souls ❤❤❤

    In all seriousness, I never brought this bullshit onto my review to make the drama even bigger but I'm going to take advantage of this experience and help spread awareness.

    I admit, this experience was shitty. I never thought writing this review will l

    I wanted to respond to everyone's comments but I didn't want to come off repetitive so I'll express my gratitude on here.

    Thank you to everyone for being so supportive ❤️❤️❤️ I don't have enough words to describe my love for y'all. Bless your souls ❤️❤️❤️

    In all seriousness, I never brought this bullshit onto my review to make the drama even bigger but I'm going to take advantage of this experience and help spread awareness.

    I admit, this experience was shitty. I never thought writing this review will lead to this type of bullshit. If I had the chance to go back in time and re-write my review.

    I'll never change my opinions to satisfy anyone and I'll never stop writing honest reviews. My mom didn't carry me for 9 months to give birth to an ass kisser. I'm sorry for being blunt but if you don't like my opinion then please don't fight me on it. Please don't take it to other websites. If you're honestly upset over anything I've ever written then talk to me. I'm a very understanding person and I'm cool with anyone sharing their opinions; whether it be agreeing or disagreeing with mines.

    If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, then I advise you to

    To the person who shall not be named even though she legit exposed my name,

    *************

    For those who got offended over my review, why don't you take a seat because I'm going to clear some shit up for you.

    I didn't pick this book up thinking it's going to be exactly like a Bollywood movie.

    I just said I watched them. That's all. Is it a crime to watch Bollywood Movies?

    I never judged this book because it didn't live up to the expectations of a Bollywood movie or "the obvious stereotype of indians" as one said.

    Idk why I have explain this shit but I'm left with no choice. Y'all need to know that I will never in my entire existence judge a book due to that reasoning. I'd punch my own self. I only judged this book due to its characters and how they pissed me off. I wasn't thinking about Bollywood movies or any stereotypes when I was writing my review. The thought never even crossed my mind. I have Indian friends and I know for a fact that Bollywood movies isn't an accurate representation of the Indian Culture.

    Where y'all got that from, I will never know. I've already listed out the frustrations I had with Dimple, so go look at it because I'm not re-typing it. If you don't agree with my opinion of Dimple then okay.

    For those who read my review whether on GR or Twitter

    I want you to know that it's not cool to take my words and twist it up. If you misunderstood my review then please say something.

    I've never been so angry. I literally said I watch Bollywood movies and y'all went crazy.

    What's next? Y'all going to arrest me for saying I like anime or something?

    If you had a problem with my review then please drop a comment telling me what got you angry. Even if, someone had taken upon themselves to grace the Twitter community with my review and said a few hateful things;

    I'm not even hurt because I know myself. I know, I'm not racist and if you got that vibe from me then you need to professional help. I'm not trying to be modest or anything but I'm the nicest person. I'm so down to learning about new cultures. I watch so many foreign things and listen to foreign music. I don't have a single racist bone in my body. My friends are so diverse. My family is POC.

    I'm so infuriated by that

    comment

    I'm so done with this shit. Idk what else you want me to say but if you still have any problems.

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    “When Dimple Met Rishi” more like “When Dimple Met my Fist” because I will forever be angry about the fact that this lil shit named Dimple wasted a perfect ice coffee. That was straight up

    This girl literally stood in line to only throw an ice coffee at someone. Talk about ruuuuuuude like I get why she did it but no. My heart still hurts reading that scene like I swear i never knew how passionate i was about the ice coffee life until this book.

    It’s funny how the ice coffee is on the cover and I’m legit here like :

    I get it, I'm ranting over a fucking drink. But I'm just representing the ice coffee since it can't speak for itself. #justice4icecoffee.

    Reading this book was like ordering a prom dress from online. You see a dress on a randamn website and you think to yourself,

    Then, you have to wait for the prom queen worthy dress and when you get it, this is what happens :

    I've never felt so unsatisfied by a book in my entire life.

    Just like the prom dress, I was expecting to love this. I have a few friends who love Bollywood movies and made me watch them which I actually really enjoyed. When I seen this book, I thought it was cool to have an indian rep. Maybe get some Bollywood vibes. You feel me?? I even got myself hyped up because

    What a joke. I'm honestly wondering if I got the right book because whaa..?? I refuse to accept the fact that one of my anticipated releases was the biggest let down. I will forever question hype books or more like 4 or 5 star reviews from now on. I give up. #trustissues

    It's very easy, friends.

    As in, "When Dimple met my Fist",

    She's the reason why I hate this book. Well, she's among one of the reasons.

    Dimple is such an annoying lil shit. I liked the ice coffee better than her and it was in the book for literally 2 seconds. I legit got angry at my cousin for no reason the other day because she has dimples and somehow that reminded me of Dimple. I don't think I can even look at Harry Styles anymore without associating him with Dimple but....... I'll fix that problem because Dimple ain't ruining Harry styles for me. Nope.

    Would you believe that I actually liked her? For the first 20 pages or so? because I can't believe my own self. My hatred towards Dimple started ever since that ice coffee scene. I'm not saying that I have a grudge against her but that's exactly what I'm saying. I tolerated her character. I found her somewhat cool because she was a nerd, stood up for herself, wanted to pursue her dreams, and shit. I could feel the potential in her character. Then, she completely killed my hopes when she met Rishi. Her entire character changed. She went from tolerable to

    I would honestly pay someone $5 to explain to me why this girl changed like that?

    Is she a pokemon? Who switched her? Bring back the Dimple I liked in the first 20 pages because I just can't accept this new version of her. I was beyond annoyed. If she was real and literally took a breath, I would've screamed at her.

    Her character was everywhere. It was a hot mess and idk where to begin describing her character. I just want to know how I managed to continue reading without flinging the book across the Atlantic Ocean.

    For Rishi, I actually liked the dude for more than 20 pages. He was okayish. I didn't mind him. Alright, I hated him a little. Most of the time, I was hopping between :

    where :) is :) it :)

    It's like googling something and if it's not on the first page then that's it. It's not there. It's not anywhere. Just like this plot. Okay, it was there for a bit in the beginning. I could see it going somewhere but then it vanished. Or it literally got split up and went different directions. Or I simply couldn't focus because Dimple was being an annoying lil shit. Yup, I'm just going to blame her. It's easier. Or the fact that they kept kissing every 5 seconds; because I was distracted by disgust to pay attention to the plot.

    ○ Indian culture

    ○ I was in it for the indian culture tbh

    Thank you for ending.

    There's so many things I want to say about this book but then again, who wants to sit here and type about my 99 problems. I'm just over it. I'm done. And to those who loved this book, y'all are incredible. Thank you for loving this for me. I was hoping to join the fangirling over this book but nah i don't think i'm cut out for this.

    Ugh.

    I'm honestly upset that this book didn't live up to my expectations. It had everything but this book will not discourage me from picking up other books by

    . I still have faith you will create another book that will be 100000 times better than this one. I'm hoping you prove me right. Please just don't add another character who is like Dimple. One of her is enough. Two of her will actually make me hate Harry styles.

    *drops mic*

  • sana  °¤°

    EDIT: Please read my homegirl

    So I just checked and realized I've been reading this for 10 goddamn days???? What the hell, it felt like fucking months. This book...y'all this book was such a huge disappointment and I promised myself if it were to be one, I would draw bananas all over my exams. I was hoping to finish this cringe before my exams,,, but it's so gross, I legit dragged this one for like 10 fvcking days.

    Not gonna lie, this was actually somewhat fun and cute towards the

    EDIT: Please read my homegirl

    So I just checked and realized I've been reading this for 10 goddamn days???? What the hell, it felt like fucking months. This book...y'all this book was such a huge disappointment and I promised myself if it were to be one, I would draw bananas all over my exams. I was hoping to finish this cringe before my exams,,, but it's so gross, I legit dragged this one for like 10 fvcking days.

    Not gonna lie, this was actually somewhat fun and cute towards the beginning.

    But then this one bitch named Dimple came in with her rude ass fucking attitude towards literally fucking

    and just....someone learn how to transport people into books because I want to bitch slap this fucking hoe so hard.

    I don't like Dimple. She's fucking abusive, rude and just full on annoying, literally go away, I hate her. She is a fucking disrespectful hoe filled with attitude and I need to fucking smack it out of this bitch. She literally talked so much shit to Rishi when he wasn't even responsible for half the shit she was saying to him??? Her sole purpose is to fucking bitch at people for no reason??? Like, bitch bye, go die pls.

    I noticed many times throughout the book,

    If it were the other way around everyone would point it out. I'm so done with her.

    ※The writing is????????????????????????????????????? Um what the fuck even. Filled with cringe, cringe and cringe it was really bad. The kissing was literally described so horribly and the characters came off as whiny, immature and ridiculously fucking annoying to me. (Even Rishi.)

    ※ummmmmmmm,,,,, was there a plot?????? no seriously, someone tell me what the book's about?? i don't remember reading about no plot??????? like, there's just this rude bitch named Dimple that needs to fucking stop with her shit and then lots of cringy kissing and boring scenes about some con shit and app shit???

    The only good thing about this book is learning more about Indian culture and traditions. It was informative and that's about all the good things in this book.

    So like, overall. I don't think I've ever been this disappointed and disgusted @ this book

    BUDDY READ WITH MY FAVORITE ASSHOLE

    istg if this disappoints i will draw a fucking banana on my regents exams.

    *screams*

    I JUST BOUGHT THE EBOOK FOR THIS AND IM SO READY

  • emi

    So what even is the point of me being on this website if I don't even listen to the thousands of negative reviews on my feed that are there to guide me towards great books? Every single time someo

    So what even is the point of me being on this website if I don't even listen to the thousands of negative reviews on my feed that are there to guide me towards great books? Every single time someone tells me

    to read a book, I proceed to ignore everything they say because what do they know? and read it any ways. Guess what? 10 out of 10 times that someone is right. And 10 out of 10 times they end up commenting on my review, laughing at my pain.

    I'm gonna do all of us a favor and just delete my life because I just keep filling it full of disappointment.

    In fact, all the disappointment I have been acquiring lately has accumulated into something so large, you can see it from space. All those astronauts in the Internation Space Station are staring down at me at this very moment, shaking their heads and wondering what I did to become so full of sorrow

    .

    I should have aborted this book during the first chapter when I was bombarded with middle grade style writing. Actually, no, I'm lying. Middle grade books have excellent writing, as a published book should, which is the exact opposite of this. Middle grade books don't deserve to be compared to this trainwreck. This writing gave me flashbacks to 13-year old me, who spent her days on fanfiction.net writing Good Luck Charlie fanfiction. Except 13-year old me's writing might have been even better? It was definitely not as annoying. But I knew I could have eventually gotten used to the writing, so instead of DNFing it right then and there, I persevered, thinking it couldn't possibly get any worse. But, Spoiler Alert!, it did.

    One day, when technology advances to a point where time machines are a thing that exists, the first thing I will do is go back to the moment when I decided to open this book and stop myself. Just so I go avoid the pain and suffering that is Dimple Shah.

    I never thought I would hate a character more than I hate Rowan Whitethorn, but heyyy Dimple came pretty close.

    I don't even think I can form a paragraph of all the reasons why she's the worst, so here's a list

    • not like other girls

    • doesn't wear makeup bc she's not like other girls

    • mentions the fact she doesn't wear makeup at least 30 times per chapter

    • throws iced coffee and some guy because he "attacked" her and by attacked I mean he spoke words to her and obviously that isn't okay

    • even as a person who doesn't drink/like coffee i know that is a giant waste of like $5

    • but at least she's a "strong independent woman"

    • actually, her exact words are "she was no delicate flower"

    • and rishi's exact words were "spirited" which he said about a million times before page 35

    • and also by "strong independent women" i mean she's a controlling bitch who is physically abusive

    • SHE LITERALLY PUNCHED RISHI AND HURT HIM AND FELT NO REMORSE

    • She never lets Rishi have any say on anything?

    • Like she decided what they are gonna do for their app

    • And also what they are going to do for the talent show

    • doesn't wear makeup

    • Also there was a part when someone told her how to pronounce his name AND SHE FUCKING TOLD HIM HE WAS PRONOUNCING HIS OWN NAME WRONG

    • Like If I tell you "Emi" is pronounced as "Kate Middleton" my name is fucking pronounced Kate Middleton and not like "Emmy" seriously

    • But wait, it gets better

    • Because LIKE TWO PAGES LATER SHE GETS MAD AT THEM FOR PRONOUNCING RISHI WRONG

    • Like don't you understand where their anger is probably coming from now??

    • Also, because she's not rich and doesn't wear makeup she's better than everyone else

    • also there was one part when rishi called her an introvert and I was like wtf??? since when???? not once in the book were we ever shown she's an introvert. no introvert I know would throw iced coffee at people and go to 40,000 different social events.

    • but let's jump back up to the beginning of the story right after she met rishi WHEN SHE HATED HIM FOR NO GODDAMN REASON

    • Like maybe he said the wrong thing, but it wasn't necessarily creepy or anything. People have definitely said a lot worst to someone then "hello future wife"

    • Bc that is what he said that made her throw coffee at him and hate him for no reason

    • it's not a reason to hate someone

    • also in case you forgot, she doesn't wear makeup. she mentions it so much so we don't forget.

    • also she was so vocally rude? like i know you don't like these rich kids aka "aberzombies" but she is so rude to them. and wonders why they are rude to her in return.

    • and also, it's not like the do something to make her rude to them. she hated them the moment she laid eyes on them.

    Urgh I don't even wanna talk about her anymore. Let's move on.

    Rishi was okay. I didn't hate him. He had his redeemable moments. But honestly, I was too busy being annoyed with Dimple to really pay too much attention to him. Which is a shame. He seemed cool.

    So what was the plot of this book? Because I thought it would be about a girl who goes to coding camp and meets boy and does coding and stuff like that, but hahahahahahah nope. It was just Dimple being totally unbearable. The coding stuff didn't even happen. It was mentioned briefly here and there, but Dimple and Rishi didn't mention it as much as SOMEONE ATTENDING AN ENTIRE COURSE FOR CODING SHOULD BE. I don't know much about coding. I've kinda messed around with it here and there, but as an extremely amateur clueless person. But I would imagine that coding an app would take quite a lot of focus and dedication, especially when there is such a limited timeline.

    There was also a talent show thrown into all that drama for absolutely no reason. It makes no sense. Let's take time away from these kid's *very busy* coding free time and make them show off their talents. And give them a prize that is absolutely worthless if they don't win the coding competition. Like wtf. Please explain this to me. And then this talent show gets 10x more screen time then the actually coding aspect of this book does.

    Literally, the only cool thing about this book was the exposure it provided to Indian culture. Honestly, that's amazing. Let's keep that up.

    Thank god it only took me three hours to read this book, I'm not sure how much longer I could have lasted before I lost all my brain cells. I can't believe I spent money on this.

    This is what I should have done with my money instead of buying this book:

    In conclusion, there are so many other books in this world that are so much better than this book and have characters who aren't Dimple Shah.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Kat O'Keeffe

    Super cute and fun! Loved the first half, but the second half felt a little all over the place. Overall, it was lighthearted and sweet and exactly what I thought it would be!


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