Oh, what awkward wonderfulness this story was. I'm still recovering from the warm and fuzzy overload.
Dimple is quite stubborn and has an intense desire to be free - free of other people's expectations.
Rishi feels his purpose in life is to please his parents.
Dimple is super excited to be out on her own attending a six-week coding workshop and has no idea her parents have set her up.
Rishi is super excited that he may be potentially meeting his future wife and will be getting the chance to get to know her during the six-week coding workshop they will be attending.
Cue hilarious meet cute that involves Dimple assaulting Rishi with an iced coffee. Wait… I don’t think I can put the words meet cute and assault together in a sentence. Hmm… was it assault… Nar self-defence, she thought he was crazy at the time.
There are bits of humour sprinkled all through this love story about juggling parental expectations, standing up for yourself, following your dreams and arranged marriages. I actually loved the positive examples of arranged marriage, as on my side of the world they can tend to be portrayed in a negative light.
Dimple and Rishi click with each other early on, but Dimple tries and *spoiler* fails to fight it. Yeah so maybe your parents did know what they were doing, hey Dimple!
My inner teenager found Dimple fairly relatable and immediately fell for Rishi.
All in all it is a cute and quick read that I’d happily read again.
Menon wrote an utterly delightful novel and broke my heart by writing an ending because I want nothing more than to keep reading about Dimple and Rishi forever. For-EV-er. I fell in love with the cover and without reading the summary dove into reading it. The characters, story, and spirit of the book match the gorgeousness that is the cover. Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel may be two different people starting their paths into adulthood but they're both about to find out that life stands in your way and shakes things up no matter how much you plan. This book was a hug to my black heart that made me laugh and constantly cheer for the characters. I'm looking forward to it being a huge hit of 2017. -- Jamie Canaves * Book Riot, The Best Books We Read in November *
Will opposites attract when Dimple meets Rishi? A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy as joyfully refreshing as The Mindy Project and perfect for Rainbow Rowell fans.