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.
SOURCE: ARC borrowed from Sandie at Teen Lit Rocks (THANK YOU!!!!)
Dimple – First off, I’m in love with her name. Dimple was a great character to read and connect with. A strong young woman who loves her family but just wants to be able to live her life as she see fits without the guilt of her family hanging on her. I think so many of us can relate to this, no one really wants to fit inside the mold made for them. . .they want to be able to explore and create their own path but as a female things are harder. Though I’m not a POC I completely see where being female seems like the easy part of that equation for Dimple. The “rules” we live by as females are completely different and more so for a female POC who’s culture sadly isn’t as readily accepted. I felt her struggle through the pages and sensed her frustration at wanting to be her own person. Now with saying that – I agree with Rishi that she had a lot of misplaced anger (towards him that is). He tried to make the best out of a bad situation and she really just made it worse (to start).
Rishi – HOW ADORABLE? Where were boys like this when I was growing up? Top notch MC right here. I don’t think you can get any better as a friend/family member but he does not really act like what you would think a normal teen would act like. (I mean this as a compliment, outside of not giving himself a little credit I promise.) No push back, no rebellion. He is just starting out in his adulthood and he wants to have it together, to please his family so much that he’s made a choice on his future with them in mind and not so much himself.
Overall Thoughts –
This might be a bit boring to read (again I mean) but I agree with most of my fellow bloggers/readers. This was an absolutely adorable contemp with many LOL and swoony moments that you will fly through it quickly. I don’t know what I can say other than this was a delightful debut that Ms Menon and I look forward to seeing what she writes in the future.
I hope we can check on with Dimple and Rishi later on and see how they are doing. 🙂