issa book review! You can get When Dimple Met Rishi by clicking on the link. It is an affiliate link, so do purchase it through me, IF you want to read the book!!
First of all I really loved the cover of the book, that’s how I was drawn to the book to begin with it and also the attention it had gained over the summer. I think it was on EVERYONE’S reading list at some point this year. So I’m pretty late to the reviews, but you if you haven’t read it and you love coming of age stories, I think you will really enjoy it.
I really loved the topics Menon tackled and the different point of views. Dimple and Rishi are both first generation immigrants from India but their views were so different. Rishi desired to stay connected with his Indian roots and he was more traditional compared to Dimple who seem to want nothing or very little to do with tradition, and was more modernized. This was a relatable topic for me as an immigrant from Ghana who grew up in the states and just navigating through my various identities, especially when I was a teenager.
I also like how Menon tackled marriage and career. Even in 2017, I still think many people still believe that a woman can’t have both, which was Dimple’s dilemma. She thought she had to give up something she loved, either coding or Rishi. I think most women have been thought to feel that way and honestly sometimes, it is the case when kids come into the picture. Because they were teenagers just starting college, they were able to have both. I wonder if this book was about a couple in their mid-20’s or early 30’s it would have ended the same way for Dimple.
Things I didn’t really care for were the extra characters, the aberzombies, you know, the cool kids in highschool who didn’t have a single thought in their head and wore abercrombie and fitch like it was their uniform? I didn’t care for it because I never really cared for those people in highschool when I was there, ages ago. The truth is no one should have time for people whose ultimate goal is to make you feel bad about yourself, for something as vain as money. Not even their own money but their parents or grand-parents money at that.
I thought the book was funny and light. It was a good read. I will rank it 3.5/5
Summary from goodreads.com
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 …more
Have you read this book? What did you think?