Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
The arranged-marriage YA romcom you didn’t know you wanted or needed…
Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.
He’s rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she’s got other plans…
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
What a disappointment. At first I thought this book was cute but the more I read the more annoyed and bored I got.
The biggest problem with the book is that there’s no romantic or sexual chemistry between Dimple and Rishi. They’re supposed to go from (one-sided) dislike to friends to lovers but it just wasn’t convincing to me. If the book was about their friendship, it would be much more believable. It didn’t help that the POVs kept switching way too fast. And that subplot with Ashish and Celia was unnecessary and just as unconvincing.
Both Dimple and Rishi are competing in Insomnia Con (really bad name). It’s supposed to be a web development program, and we never get to find out much about it, but if I understood correctly they’re making a mobile app. Web development and app development are very different things, so this doesn’t make sense. The book takes place during the six weeks of Insomnia Con but it doesn’t seem like they’re there at all, that’s how little they talk about it. They spend much more time talking and preparing for some ridiculous talent contest. This talent show has nothing to do with tech industry but apparently everyone has to participate. And there’s a statistic that says 78% of talent show winners also won Insomnia Con – but those are completely different competitions that have nothing to do with each other! Why would your ability to dance or sing have anything to do with how good your app is?
I really wanted to like this book, it had so much potential. But it was too predictable. And I think the author avoided writing about the details of app development because she doesn’t know anything about it – but that’s why writers need to do research. I feel like I would have enjoyed this much more if I read it ten years ago.