Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published Date: May 2017
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Series: N/A
My Source: Library
Links: Goodreads
Review Also On: Goodreads and Amazon

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review

I had this book on hold from my library the minute I was able to. This book was a sweet and cute romance that I would be happy to recommend to everyone. Dimple was great. I loved that she was focused on her career, on her future, but was also able to open up to other possibilities and people. Rishi was just a sweetheart. I was rooting for him to win Dimple’s heart from the beginning.

The “side-plots” were really good. I liked that Dimple, while not liking her roommate Celia’s new friends, she was willing to try for her sake. When that didn’t work, Dimple and Celia were able to realize they could still be friends without having the same friends. And, without spoiling too much I hope, when the chaos happened near the end of the book, I’m glad that Dimple was there for her.

The romance between Dimple and Rishi was cute. Knowing they were only there for 6 weeks and already were feeling love for one another, I don’t know if that works for me, but I was willing to look past it. This was definitely a hate-to-love type of story, so if you like those, you’ll like this one.

What I enjoyed the most was that we were able to see a few different views on arranged marriages. We got Dimple who was completely against it for a number of reasons, Rishi who liked tradition and wanted to make his parents proud, Dimple’s female family members who saw it as a great opportunity for Dimple, and even Celia who saw it as super romantic.

When Dimple Met Rishi is a great romance and coming-of-age story. Both main characters have their inner conflicts of wanting independence, love, acceptance from their family, and passion for what they wanted and believed in. You’re not going to want to put this book down once you get started.

Rating: 4 STARS ~ Oh man, this was a great book. Will be recommending.

Quick Reviews: This Savage Song, Harry Potter Play, and Fallen

I hope all my U.S. followers had a nice Thanksgiving. It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to really get into reading and writing reviews. Until I can get back into it again, here are some quick reviews for books I read a few months ago (and recently, in the case of Fallen).

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

4.5 STARS

Fantastic! Like, you don’t understand how fantastic this was. READ IT.

This was a fun read with an interesting idea. Also my first Victoria Schwab novel, and I’m glad I went with this one first. Can’t wait for the sequel.

 

 

 

 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two by J.K. Rowling

2.5 STARS

More okay moments than struggle moments.

(I really wanted to give this a full review because while I love love love HP, this play just did not work for me. There were a lot of things I questioned, things frustrated me, and just overall it was problematic for me. Still, it’s worth reading because it is a continuation of the Harry Potter series.)

 

 

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Fallen by Lauren Kate (Fallen #1)

DNF

Did Not Finish. This book just wasn’t working for me. I may try again. I may not.

This has been on my TBR for a while and with the movie coming soon, I thought I’d give it a go. After reading 250 pages of this book, I realized how similar to Twilight it is. Maybe if I had read this in high school when I was a big Twilight fan, I would have loved this book. Now though, it just doesn’t sit well with me and I couldn’t read any more of it.

Book Review: All the Feels by Danika Stone

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Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published Date: June 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Series: N/A
My Source: Library
Links: Goodreads
Review Also On: Amazon and Goodreads

Goodreads:

College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.

My Review

Characters

I was a little hesitant on Liv at the beginning. I know I can be an emotional fangirl, but I was worried, after her reaction once the Starveil movie was over, that she was going to be too dramatic for me. There were a few times (like the one I mentioned) that she got a little much for me, but overall I did like her. I was able to connect with Liv and her love for fandom. I especially connected with her when she went to DragonCon. Her initial thoughts once she arrived mirrored my own when I went to BookCon a little while ago for the first time.

Xander…I’m not sure what to say about him. He just seemed over the top. In a different way than Liv, and this was a negative for me. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Xander’s accent changing when his mood changed. He always called Liv “Dearest” and that didn’t sit well with me either.

There were other characters like Arden, Xander’s girlfriend. I sort of liked her and I felt bad for her. Hank, a love interest for Liv, was interesting. I didn’t see that coming from him. Liv’s online friends were great. I especially liked Brian. He was a riot.

Plot

Being a lover and member of many fandoms, I had to pick up this book. I could understand Liv’s desperation to have her favorite character live (Honestly, I think the one I can compare her love of Spartan to is J.T. from Degrassi. I cried like a baby when he died, and I’m still not over it. J.T and Liberty 4ever!!). Reading about her connections with her online friends, fanfiction, making videos, and just talking about her love of fandom, it was a pure joy. I was excited to see her online campaign to bring Spartan back take flight with other fans.

The romance in this story was entertaining. Arden and Xander’s plans of matchmaking for Liv were hilarious. The story with Hank was interesting too. Am I happy with where the romance eventually went in this story? Yes and no. Yes, because I wanted Liv to be happy. No, because it seemed too soon after certain circumstances.

There was one thing that I felt wasn’t carried all the way through the book. Liv’s relationship with her mom. They don’t see eye to eye when it comes to Liv’s love for Starveil, and it becomes very clear that her mother is against it. I didn’t feel like this subplot was resolved. All of a sudden Liv is able to go to DragonCon, just out of the blue. I’m surprised her mother would allow her going somewhere her fandom love can explode and grow a thousand times over. And after everything with her campaign, how does her mother react? Does she really approve? I also thought the subplot with her mother’s boyfriend was unresolved. I wasn’t a fan of how he spoke to Liv and I didn’t care for how the mother responded in these situations.

Overall, entertaining book. I was excited to read this and I wasn’t disappointed.

Rating: 3.5 STARS ~ A good book that has a nice YES factor to it.