Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Updated: May 1, 2020

Hello Beautiful Readers,

I know I have been super absent, but here I am back and trying to catch up with my book reviews and blogging. Here is the thing, I decided to skip reading The Lantern's Ember because I was getting through it super slow and it was holding me back on my reading challenge. It was Becoming the Dark Prince by Kerri Maniscalgo (review here) that made me realize I love reding too much to dwell on books I couldn't devour, because that, too, also made my writing slow down.

Anyways, I got into audiobooks to use my time wisely and the first one I got on my list is When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

Here is all the fun info:

Reading Challenge No.: 18/45

Publication Date: May 30th, 2017

Format: Audiobook

Length: 10h 46m

POV: 1st Person, through Dimple and Rishi. Alternating chapters.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, & Contemporary.

Series or Standalone? Series. (Dimple Met Rishi #1) However, it doesn't seem like the other books are related.

First Sentence:

"Dimple couldn't stop smiling."

Favorite Character: Rishi. I just really love that he adapted well to the situations around him; I saw growth.

Add it to your Goodreads, here.


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.


When Dimple Met Rishi was the book I needed in order to step a little outside YA Fantasy and enjoy a contemporary book that was all about romance and following your dreams. I enjoyed listening to it on my way to work each morning and after work while I drove in traffic. I really liked the way the characters narrated story, especially because I knew the hindi words were pronounced correctly–something I might not have done.

This book was fun, and clever, and so passionate that I think it not only let me feel the romance but the passion the characters had for their dreams.

I really think this book is perfect for people who love romance and contemporary books, for it is cute, smart, and fun.


Favorite Quotes:

Thank you so much for reading my review and I hope it helps you pick up When Dimple Met Rishi. Please feel free to contact me or leave a comment to start a conversation about this book. I would love to hear your opinion.

Right now I'm reading The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala. There are two upcoming book reviews for The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, and Ana Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

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Love, Lourdes

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