The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.
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 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 as him—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 gravitate 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’m not going to lie. I totally judged a book by it’s cover on this one. Well I judge based on the entire dust jacket. It’s STUNNING! I love the colors, Dimple on the front is adorable with her henna and her Starbucks iced coffee and the back is hilarious. I love it! And the orange really makes it POP!
I started seeing this book get lots of attention from authors like Sabaa Tahir and Roshani Chokshi and I love them both so I picked it up one day while perusing Half Price Books. When I read the inside cover I was hooked! It sounded like the perfect summer read. And it was!
Dimple is this really head strong girl who resents the fact that her parents are already looking for the I.I.H (Ideal Indian Husband) for her right out of high school. She wants to be her own person and she wants to go to Stanford in the fall and get a start on her programming career. Her idol is this computer guru, Jenny Lindt, who is helping the winner of the summer program develop an app.
Dimple is stunned when her parents agree to let her go to the summer program in San Francisco after finding out it’s $1000. But she’s not going to question them too hard because it’s a dream come true to her!
Once getting there an Indian boy walks up and makes a bad joke about her being his future wife and how he can’t wait to start their life together. This is where Dimple promptly throws her iced coffee in his face and runs away.
You find out in Rishi’s chapters that his family has already arranged the marriage of he and Dimple with her parents and they all knew they were going to the same summer program…except for Dimple. He thought she knew about the arrangement as well and would be just as excited to meet him as he is her.
After some reflection and girl talk with her new roommate and friend, Celia, Dimple comes around and realizes she’s been too harsh on Rishi. This isn’t his fault, it’s her parents for not telling her about it. At this point she feels like no one is taking her seriously.
But Rishi and Dimple get assigned as partners in the program and from there a friendship buds… along with some romantic feelings. The whole time Dimple is trying to fight her feelings because she just wants to win and wants to go to college unattached in the Fall but she falls hard. Rishi on the other hand is more traditional and still wants to woo her. He’s completely fallen for her unruly hair, her spirit, and her ambition.
What they learn in the end is that some of the unlikeliest people can bring out your best qualities. I don’t want to spoil the ending so you’ll just have to read it! 🙂
I gave this book 3.5 stars. I don’t usually read a whole lot of teen romance books. Especially ones without witches or wizards or dragons but this was a great in-between book and a refreshing summer read. I really enjoyed it. It would make the perfect beach book! Dimple and Rishi made me feel that excitement of a first love again and I really enjoyed both characters. Not to mention their parents, they were hilarious! And supportive. It’s just a really cute, happy read.