Romance is nice, especially in books. If someone asks me if I believe in it IRL, the answer is no. Or at least not that particular kind that’s in the books. I must confess to having a case of sniffles in public or just bawling my eyes out in private when there’s a good romance and heartbreak and patching up involved.
When Dimple Met Rishi, in short, is a tale of two kids who fall in love. Dimple wants to attend Insomnia Con, and there she meets Rishi. It is not a coincidence, as both sets parents want to get their kids hitched to each other – an arranged marriage. Dimple hates Rishi, then they become friends and partners at work, then lovers, then there is heartbreak and all that chaos. Finally, they get back together – all’s well that ends well.
There are plenty of sweet things about this book, but even more are the number of annoying things. The absolute filmy clichés could have been done with. And the fact that the parents were trying to set up an arranged marriage between two teenagers (they were just about to enter college). Despite being educated and having lived in the US for years, it is disturbing that this was the case. I am sure that it would be frowned upon in most urban societies, no matter where.
I really did not enjoy this book. It was sweet at times, but as a romance, I would not recommend it. No, not even to a young adult.
You can pick up a copy here – Amazon.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars