Young Adult, Romance, Comedy, Multicultural
Audio/Digital/Print (384 pages, SIMON PULSE)
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?Author Site: website
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.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
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.
Geeky, giggly romantic comedy (4 stars)
It took me a while to warm up to Dimple, not because there was something wrong with her, but because she was standing her ground. After all, her parents were rather shady in how they set her up with Rishi. Well meaning, but shady. I couldn't help but be a little sympathetic to them because they were following their culture and wanted to make their daughter happy. Poor Rishi! He's smitten from before they even meet and so eager to please his parents. They make a very complicated duo.
Though it took about a third of the book for me to get into it, once I did I rooted hard for Dimple and Rishi. They're both so different but compliment one another so well that romantic comedy fans are sure to enjoy it. Funny, sweet, emotional, and rich, this book is perfect for YA readers who are wanting more romance in their TBR.