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When Dimple Met Rishi ~ Sandhya Menon

April 4, 2018

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Contemporary
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: 9781481478687
384 pages
Source: Barnes and Noble

Y’all, the next time I start neglecting my contemporary reading goal, please just show me the cover of When Dimple Met Rishi.

I know I’m one of the last people to pick it up but oh my goodness, it’s adorable.

The entire story is set around two California teens (with very Indian parents) who have some seriously different expectations about a pre-college summer coding camp in The Bay Area.

Dimple is over her parents’ traditions and would really prefer for them to stop pushing marriage over her future in programming. Rishi is an artist at heart but a dutiful son so, of course, he is off to MIT in the fall for distinctly non-art pursuits.

Parents and kids, alike, are always pretty sure that they know what will solve any situation which ultimately leads to a pretty chaotic comedy of errors once the two strangers find themselves tangled up at camp, by their parents’ hands.

The chaos is presented as a Midsummer Night’s Dream fiasco with unrequited love, obligations, and total mayhem.

What unfolds, however, is brilliant and beautiful as the story winds its way through the summer weaving in pieces of self-acceptance, autonomy (from friends, family, and heritage), class dynamics, gender definition, and what it truly means to live, not just for the people around you but for you.

The book has a bit of something for everyone be it comic books, art, programming, family, friends, and a lot of youtube time looking up Bollywood songs. Ok, that last part was probably just me, but there’s a choreography scene and I couldn’t help myself and I got carried away.

Ahem. Ok, then!

Any who, Menon is a wholeheartedly gifted and empathetically talented story writer and I am kind of kicking myself for waiting so long to pick this up.

Go read it. It’s equal parts tragic and adorable.

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