Wednesday, August 23, 2017

3 Reasons You Should Read When Dimple Met Rishi


Hey guys! Checking in chat about our July book club pick, When Dimple Met Rishi.  Did you read it? Did you love it? We've got 3 reasons why you should read it if you haven't!


About the book
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?

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.
Again with the Diversity
Jen Says:
We seem to have a trend lately of picking books with more diverse people.  People who are different than us and it has been such a joyful experience.  I loved falling into Rishi & Dimple's world as two Indian Americans trying to navigate the coming of age, defining who they are and trying to decide which parts of their culture is important to them and how to incorporate that in their lives.  We all tend to want to do things a little differently than our parents do and that can be hard waters to navigate through.  Ultimately parents typically want their children to be happy, but life doesn't come without strife. 
Heather Says:
I've really loved our recent trend of picking diverse books. I don't know if it was exactly intentional, though I am always interested in diversifying my reading. I think there's been a huge explosion in YA especially with adding in more diversity and I am here for it. It was super interesting to read about Indian culture and how two teens interpreted their families expectations differently. As someone who is now a parent and moving further away from my teen years, I related to the parents wanting what is best for their children, but I also remember how fiercely you want to carve your own path in this world  when you are in high school. When Dimple Met Rishi perfectly captures these feelings. 
Love Big or Go Home

Jen Says:
 I think we all struggle between listening to our head and listening to our hearts.  Trying to figure out what makes the most sense, what is the most logical and whether it is the right time.  Love is crazy, messy and honestly doesn't always make sense. Sometimes it hits you out of nowhere and when you are least expecting it, even if someone is pulling strings in the background the way both Rishi's & Dimple's parents were.  I loved watching the two of them stumble through the falling in love regardless of parental interference.  I love how even though the timing wasn't necessary perfect, they still through caution to the wind and loved big and hard.



Heather Says:
I seriously love how Dimple and Rishi were able to explore to possibility of falling in love at the "wrong" time. They are in the summer before they leave for college and Dimple has zero plans to fall in love any time soon. Then here comes Rishi who believes he is walking into a an arranged meet up that his parents set up. I think we all assume love will come along at the perfect time but honestly it seems like love is ready to pounce when it's exactly the wrong time. It felt so real and organic watching their relationship unfold, first as friends and then taking that next step towards a relationship. 
Rom/Com Feels
Jen Says:
In my opinion, this book is the recipe for the perfect romcom.  It's quirky, fun, cute and really silly at times.  You have your classic "SOMETHING IS GOING WRONG" moment and then the perfect make up and a pretty great ending. Friends, this is definitely one of those feel good books that help me escape from the horrors of the real world with ease.  This is a perfect, summer, sit on your porch with some lemonade (or some wine) and read until the sun goes down type of book.
Heather Says:
I literally just watched You've Got Mail for the first time a few days ago and this book has all the pieces for the perfect romcom. The first meeting is hilarious and awkward. Then there's the friendship that blossoms into more eventually. Like Jen said, this is such a fun, feel good read. It was the perfect summer read and I felt like I was smiling and laughing the whole time. 


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Bonus photo of the girls who loved the cover of the book and wanted to recreate it with their own Starbucks. 

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