When the Hype Is Real: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When the Hype Is Real: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya MenonWhen Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon
Release Date: May 30th 2017
Published by Simon Pulse
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Vikas Adam, Sneha Mathan
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
Pages: 380
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four-half-stars
Source: Purchased Audiobook

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.

Purchased Audiobook in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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I’m always wary of really hyped books. I just can’t help but wonder, did they really like the book or did they just jump on the hype train? I’ve fallen for the hype monster before which is why I try to stay away from them but I knew that despite the hype and all the raving reviews, this one was one hyped book that I didn’t want to miss. I have a lot of conflicted thought son diverse books, but that’s a topic for another day…maybe, but one of my pet peeves is that minorities like Indian and Hispanic characters. I was excited to read about a young couple with an Indian background falling in love. I was a little nervous it would fall into stereotypes but once Nick gave it her seal of approval, I knew I had nothing to worry about.I’m very happy to say that this book very much lives up to the well deserved hype.

Simply put, Dimple and Rishi were two characters that were just so freaking likable… even at times when they weren’t perfect or they were making mistakes. I always love me a good flawed character that grows and both of them had some great growth throughout the story. Dimple was headstrong, determined and stubborn and although I can see why some people may not like her, it is a shame since she was just so damn realistic. I got why she had such drive and why she was so stubborn to risk ruining her future for a boy and I admired her for it. Even if the selfish romance reader in me just wanted them to kiss already. To me, her stubbornness only made the slow burn relationship, friendship and romance that much sweeter. Rishi was just as great in his own opposite way. He’s a dreamer, even if he’s scared to take a risk with his future. I loved how sweet and genuine he was about his feelings towards Dimple and it made those moments when he chipped away at her armor that much sweeter. And this is the part where I stop swooning over a character Nick has very much declared to be hers. 🙂 I loved the character growth in this book as well as the family aspects, the romance and the friendship between Dimple and Rishi. I do wish the friendships on their own were a little bit stronger, especially with Dimple and her roommate (especially since she was hispanic) but I am happy with how everything turned out in the end.

While I am way late to the game, I’m hoping I can convince people that passed on this initially to give it a try. I’m happy that I was wrong about the hype when it came to this book and it gives me hope for the book blogging community. Since I did listen to the audioboook for this, I would like to note that both narrators were simply fantastic! Not only were their voices authentic but they brought so much heart and feelings to their characters that made me feel that much more connected to them. They were also very age appropriate, which is always a big issue. There’s nothing worse than listening to a 40-50 year old sounding narrator read the part of a teenager. A great narration to go along with a great story. If you already read this, try giving the audiobook a chance!

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Nereyda is a 31 year-old mother of two girls with addiction to Friends, fashion, books, Pinterest, Netflix, the color black and a little bit of everything else. Also, the world's worst texter...
  • Kim

    Oh man, I’m so glad that this book lived up to the hype! I’ve been debating reading this book for the same reason, but now I have more motivation to buy a copy. Lovely review, as always!

    Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor

  • I’ve heard such mixed reviews on this book, I don’t know what to think! But it’s good to know that you enjoyed it! Thanks for the review 🙂

  • I’ve heard such wonderful things about this one, as well. I haven’t been reading YA much (although I am currently reading a YA book and quite enjoying it) but I am curious about this one. I know Nick loved it. I don’t really worry much about hype. For me, it’s more of my expectations. For example, if a new book by an author I love is coming out, then I get all nervous because I’m afraid my expectations are too high.

  • Yes hype can be scary. I listened to and liked this one as well. Glad you enjoyed it! Great review!

  • Jasprit

    I’m really glad to see that you ended up enjoying this book too Nereyda! Like you when there is a lot of hype surrounding a book, I’m a little wary too, before I used to get stuck in with them straight away, but now, I usually wait a few months before giving them a go. I didn’t end up trying this one on audio, but I like that hey were age appropriate for Dimple and Rishi! Fab review!

  • I’m officially the last person to read this! So glad to hear that you loved this as much as everyone else did, and that you loved Dimple and Rishi. Too bad the friendships didn’t play a more prominent role, though. Normally I’m not one for YA romances, but I’m going to make an exception for this one — it’s just a matter of finding the time!

  • YAY! This is one of my top 2017 reads. I just fell in love with Rishi and I felt so jubilant after reading this book. Glad you gave it a try.

  • I’m glad you absolutely enjoyed this one Nereyda! And it’s pretty cool that the audiobook had two voices. I read this awhile ago and loved it as well, so I definitely agree with everything here 😀

  • I just finished this one earlier today and I really loved it. I have my review scheduled for tomorrow. I’m so glad to see that you enjoyed this one too. I absolutely loved it. Rishi is such big time book boyfriend material. lol! This is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. Now that you mention it, I do wish that the friendships were a little bit stronger. Celia wasn’t the greatest person but I think that her mistakes also made her a little more “real”. Great review!

  • Glad to hear you loved it. I know what you mean about being wary of hyped books because so often they never meet my expectations after all the hype. This is one which really does deserve the hype. It was very well done. I hate when diversity isn’t done well in a book (especially if characters are meant to be diverse and then end up embodying all the stereotypes instead) but this one was done so well. I get why folks don’t like Dimple, she is so driven and whilst I didn’t get where she got her drive from because I totally didn’t know what I wanted at her age, I did get that was a me thing. I think she’s such a good and realistic teen character which you don’t see too often because YA characters can come across sounding too mature and that’s more unrealistic for me. I can’t wait to see what else Menon writes, that’s all I can say.

  • Shoot Nereryda, now I have to read this one of course. I’ll get it in audio since you liked too 🙂