Coding & Coffee - When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Review + Mini Fanart Piece

Monday, July 24, 2017
When Dimple Met Rishi Review

Dimple and Rishi were both very relatable characters for me, though for entirely different reasons.

Like Dimple, I have an interesting in coding, though the fields aren't the same. I'm just super excited that she's a female YA character who has an interest in computers and tech, it's something I hope to see much more of in the years to come.

Synopsis & Details:

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 read more... 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.

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Series: N/A
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publication Date: May 30th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

In When Dimple Met Rishi, what Rishi wants for himself conflicts with what his parents want for him. This is something I could really understand.

I haven't reached the age where I have to make these directional decisions, but I can already feel the pressure.

I've always known that I want to do something dealing with creativity and imagination, I've always wanted to create, but many of the jobs in those types of fields are very competitive, and only the best of the best can really make it in the end. My parents would much rather I chose a more "secure" field, and of course I know that they only want me to have a financially stable and happy life, but one of my greatest fears is finding myself with a job that I regret choosing. So seeing a character dealing with issues similar to those that I know I'll face in my future's was just really, really nice. Argh, sorry for the ramble.... Anyways moving on....

One of my favorite romance tropes is hate to love. I mean with this trope you're basically guaranteed tons of witty banter and of course, the lovely "what is this feeling" reactions.

It's the perfect balance of angst and fluff, what's not to love? With their first meeting consisting of Dimple tossing her coffee at poor Rishi (seriously, check out the back cover) there's no doubt that their romance fits the hate to love bill perfectly. They had such great chemistry, and I enjoyed every second of their interactions (well... maybe excluding those scenes where I got my heart torn out though....).

The story's a smidge predictable at times, especially towards the end.

I guessed a lot of the larger plot points pretty easily, but honestly, this wasn't a huge issue for me. When Dimple Met Rishi was just damn enjoyable for it to be a real sticking point.

Some Cover Thoughts:

Can we talk about how straight up adorable this cover is, I mean, that buoyant smile, those glorious oranges, that beautiful title font, and that gorgeous henna (at least I think that's what it is, please correct me if I'm wrong), what else is there to ask for? There's nothing that'd I'd change about this cover, it's too damn perfection.

While reading, I got inspired and sketched out a quick Dimple,

which I'm semi-proud of (please ignore her too long hair and weird looking glasses...), but Sandhya liked it so *melts into a happy puddle*. I'm not sure if I'm planning on drawing more characters in the future, we'll just have to see....

Before I go, I'd like to thank Lori from Pure Imagination for being kind enough to send me her extra ARC of When Dimple Met Rishi (I shall forever be in her debt...).

Rating: 5/5 Stars

What's your favorite coffee drink? (I typically turn to tea when I'm in need of caffeine, but Starbucks' Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino is pretty good, too bad their stuff is way too frickin' expensive....)