When Dimple Met Rishi (Hardcover)
This book made me happy for many reasons: 1) Dimple is awesome! She's going to Stanford University for web development, likes to code, and is a feminist. 2) Her traditional Indian parents want to arrange her marriage, but she is not interested. She wants to go to college for a career, not a husband! 3) This is a great example of the identity struggle faced by so many immigrants, especially second generation—the push and pull between old and new cultures. Dimple and Rishi are opposites here (he's traditional), which makes their interactions humorous yet poignant. This is a fun, heartwarming story that shows it's best to find one's own way in life. -Liz— From Summer Booknotes 2017
A New York Times bestseller "Effervescent." --Chicago Tribune
"Full of warm characters and sweet romance." --Entertainment Weekly
"Get ready to fall in love with Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel." --Hello Giggles
"Deliciously quirky, funny, and nerdy." --Bustle
"Utterly delightful." --BookRiot
"Heartwarming, empathetic, and often hilarious--a delightful read." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 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.