YA is a highly diverse and booming genre, but there’s one sub-genre that’s always thriving: romantic comedies. I’ve read some phenomenal YA romcoms and some not so great ones, but more often than not, they can lack originality and diversity. When I stumbled across When Dimple Met Rishi I was immediately excited, I had never read a YA rom-com focusing on modern arranged marriages. However, if there’s one thing I cannot stand, it’s when women tear other women down, and When Dimple Met Rishi is chock full of just that. The pitting of women against women and insufferable characters really ruined the potential of this book, and made it a struggle for me to even finish.
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.