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’ve just finished reading one of the most hyped up books of this year, and I have quite a lot to say about it.
First of all, as an Indian myself, I felt this book would have been more realistic if it was set after Dimple and Rishi finished college instead of high school. People don’t really start thinking about marriage at 18 these days. I remember when I was set to go to college, my mother had specifically told me NOT to let boys get in the way of my studies. Maybe we can say that Dimple came from an extremely traditional family, but she seemed to think that that’s what every Indian parents wanted for their daughters, which is not really true.
Other than that, I thought it was a fun read. The development of the romance was really cute, and it was a lot of fun and easy to get through. What I did not like about the book were the characters.
Dimple struck me as somewhat of a Mary Sue. She seemed to be this perfect girl who has her life all figured out. She is really pretty but thinks she isn’t, she is a socially conscious feminist who is also brilliant at coding and cares about her parents and is really confident……..all those are really great things to be, but it seems like she doesn’t have a SINGLE flaw. That just makes her character seem really unrealistic and kind of annoying. I’ve also heard some people say she was abusive, but I don’t agree with that. She threw a cup of cold coffee at Rishi because he came off as a creep, but I think any girl might have done the same. It was not like it hurt him or anything.
I did not really take to Rishi as well. I am personally not too fond of the hopeless romantic type characters and his insta-crush on Dimple kind of made me roll my eyes. I also felt their relationship progressed too fast but maybe that’s just me. I tend to be skeptical of anyone who says they are in luurve after just a month.
This was a fun and enjoyable read, but I did think it was rather overhyped.