I think that my most anticipated summer read was this book:
I read When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhaya Menon, and I gave it a 4/5 stars.
I had some mixed feelings about some elements of this book, but overall, it was a very fun read. Anyone who gets bit by the rom-com bug should give this one a go.
The premise of this book is very interesting. Dimple is a very smart girl, but she comes from a traditional Indian family, which is why it shocks Dimple that her parents actually let her go to Insomnia-con (a summer internship for future web developers). Little does she know that she’s being set up. Her parents have arranged her marriage, and the boy she is supposed to marry will be at the con. He knows about the arrangement. She doesn’t. Chaos and mayhem insu.
One of my favorite things about this book is how much of Dimple’s thought process we get to see. She seems to be an ISTJ (Introverted Sensing Thinker Judger). It is so rare to see a character with such a clear personality (flaws and all), but it is even rarer to see a well represented female Thinker in a book. I loved how well the two main characters were written. The thought process for Dimple made it so clear, not only why she made some of the personal decisions she made, but also how she would make a great web developer. Everything about her responses to her life and circumstances felt organic.
One of my least favorite things about this book, however, was the characterization of the minor characters. The antagonists in the story are this trio of rich kids affectionately known as the “Amberzombies.” These students were…horrible. I don’t just mean they were mean kids. I mean they were terribly characterized. They were incredibly one-dimensional, and I hated that you could pull them out of any stereotypical high school movie from the 90s. Their only functions were to be obstacles, and the way that was achieved was for them to be the worst possible version of entitled WHITE rich kids (except for Hahri, who is Indian). These kids are culturally insensitive, ignorant, self-absorbed, and misogynistic to a rather unbelievable degree. Because of that, I didn’t really care about what they did. They were over-inflated contemporary villains who would eventually be overcome. No need to stress.
But, since the focus of this story was the would-be romance between Dimple and Rishi, the minor character issues did not keep me from immensely enjoying this novel.
Have you read this novel? What are your thoughts? On culture, on stereotypes, on romance? If you haven’t, what’s the last book you read that had completely unbelievable characters? Comment below and let me know!