Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi may not be coming to bookstores until next summer (May 30, 2017, to be precise!) but the buzz has already begun. Originally revealed by Bustle yesterday and then again today on YA Book Central (who’s also running an ARC giveaway here, BTW) people are already excited about this book, and with good reason!
When Dimple Met Rishi is the type of YA romantic comedy you already know and love: exploring themes of love and family, falling for someone you’d never expect, and challenging yourself to do the things you love even when you’re scared. But layer onto that Dimple’s and Rishi’s Indian-American heritage and an arranged marriage and the result is something heartfelt, unexpectedly laugh-out-loud funny, and perhaps above all else, fresh, unique, and much needed.
Take a look at the awesome cover below, it really nails the essence of this story in a way few covers do! And then, while our friends over at Bustle may have the first three chapters of the book (which you should totally go read) and YA Book Central’s got their giveaway (which you should totally go enter), WE’VE got the exclusive on the full jacket to scope out which is pretty sweet!
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.