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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.
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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