I don’t know why I used to say Contemporary YA romance wasn’t for me because When Dimple Met Rishi was an absolute delight. Dimple Shah is ecstatic when her parents let her attend a web development program … to bad they only let her go because Rishi Patel, the boy she’s arranged to marry, is also attending and can’t wait to meet her !
Rishi is like a beta romance hero in training. He’s smart, industrious and wealthy but still a little awkward. I think one of the more interesting aspects of this book was watching him trying to navigate and understand his privilege. I think what works well in this book is at the end of the day both characters (once they overcome their differences) are always rooting for each other.
My only complaint would be that this book is SUPER light on the whole web development thing. I read this after reading Girl Code, so while the little glimpses we get of InsomiaCon seemed true to form I think there could have been more room made to show these kids doing a thing really well.
A ton of fun and I can’t want to see what Menon does next.
Teenaged Dimple Shah is focused on winning Insomnia Con, an intense summer app-development program. To her dismay, she finds herself partnered with straitlaced Rishi Patel, the boy her parents have arranged for her to marry. Narrators Vikas Adam and Sneha Mathan create a rapid-fire repertoire through alternating chapters as these two unlikely teens work together–and realize that, ultimately, they might want more than the grand prize. In a charming and cinematic performance, Adam and Mathan work with a variety of perfectly matched accents to bring the world around Dimple and Rishi alive. Like the characters, the narrators’ chemistry bursts with energy, matching the story’s drama, humor, high jinks–and even a Bollywood dance number. This lovable YA romance is a full-on immersive listen. J.E.C. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2017]