When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya MenonWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi

bySandhya Menon

Hardcover | May 30, 2017

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A New York Times bestseller

“Effervescent.” —Chicago Tribune
“Full of warm characters and sweet romance.” Entertainment Weekly
“Get ready to fall in love with Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel.” —Hello Giggles
“Adorable.” —Buzzfeed
“Deliciously quirky, funny, and nerdy.” —Bustle
“Utterly delightful.” —BookRiot
Heartwarming, empathetic, and often hilariousa delightful read.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.

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.
Title:When Dimple Met RishiFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.2 inPublished:May 30, 2017Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1481478680

ISBN - 13:9781481478687

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from When Dimple Met Rishi While I would haved loved to see Dimple work on her app more, and her relationship with Rishi could have used a touch more conflict, I liked Dimple and Rishi’s personalities, and I enjoyed the families and the cultural aspects of the story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from your very own typical bollywood story line, captured in a book haven't come across a book like this - definitely wasn't the best book in the world. however, for the cultural style, it was quite fun and interesting. for those of you who watch bollywood movies (and enjoy them), this is definitely worth wide for you!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A simple, fluffy contemp book It wasn't that bad but it wasn't that great. It's a great book if you want to read without thinking too much and just want all the fluffiness that comes with typical YA contemporary books. I read it during a cruise and it was a good for a quick read.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from great but not the best kind of hard to finish, it was a good book but defs not the best iveread in regards to this genre
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not the greatest but definitely good! I saw many people recommending this book after Eleanor and Parc, which i didn't completely fall in love with that i didn't even finish it. I found this book to be actually more interesting and more of a smoother read! I love the culture aspect of the story which i rare in YA books.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming ! Empowerment ! Fantastic Rom-Com ! For all those people who hate this book for Dimple spilling coffee on Rishi, bc its a waste, I m sorry but clearly you did not properly read the passage to understand why she did it. She did it because Rishi annouced that he could not wait to spend the rest of his life with her when she had no idea who he was. Get over yourself I bet you spill coffee all over you shirt all the time. *hair flip* back to the review. I reread this book seven times in the course of three days. You can prob see the indents of where I kept reading. I truly adored this book so much. I want to throw copies at everyone to read. It such a light read yet with substances that rarely are spokened for - one, coding and computer science - Dimple wants to go to college or unverisity for computer science. She so passionate it for it, you can truly feel it. She does not want to be married - Did I forget to mention she is Indian-American, PRAISE for Diverse characters !!!!Dimple is such a amazing character. She knows what she wants. I love her for being so driven and wanting to do something that will benefit the future. She loves her friends and family. Rishi is the most adoreable guy I have see in the Bookish YA character. Readers will be drawn into him. I love his charming, creative and family oriented self. He proud of his family He wants to find someone to love like his mother and father have. He had to go from dreaming of that "girl" to really working on himself and that only yourself can really make relationship works. I love learning about Dimple and Rishi family dynamic. It felt like a breath of air to see how relatable siblings encounter each other. I think this is the perfect book for the summer and for readers, fans of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson books. The SUMMER feels is strong in this book.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect summer read. I loved every bits of it. I found Dimple such a cute and snarky characters. The story is adorable and warm, and it is the perfect quick summer read.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from didn't enjoy it I did not like this book at all. I found Dimple very rude and I couldnt take it anymore
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read This book is a typical cute teen romance, but the representation is what makes it stand out. Rishi and Dimple are both Indian Americans who grew up in similar yet different households, and so they have different perspectives on things and I like how the book approaches it. It's very lighthearted and cute and makes for an easy read.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beach read This was a cute fun and light read!
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 2.5 stars This book is so over-hyped. I didn't really like it.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy maker This book was an adorable, fluffy, happy-making book. I'm pretty sure that I was smiling the entire time I was reading it. Anyone who loves watching classic romcoms will love reading this.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute I enjoyed this book. It was light-hearted but also important at the same time. The premise was great, and Dimple and Rishi are lovely characters.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Adorable Read This was such an anticipated read for me, and I am thoroughly satisfied with my purchase. I really loved Dimple and Rishi's chemistry, and how their personalities meshed together. While they still bumped heads and had disagreements, they didn't let that get in the way of becoming friends. I loved how this was and own voices book as well, and I loved that Menon incorporated Hindi into the story while subtly giving us translations. This was just a joy to read, and I almost finished it too fast. I want even more of Dimple and Rishi. As well as Ashish. I wish I had more of him.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorkable-y, Perfectly Indian When Dimple Met Rishi was EASILY one of my most ANTICIPATED 2017 RELEASES (Right below A Court of Wings and Ruin and King’s Cage) and now that I’ve read it, I can HONESTLY SAY that this book is EVERYTHING THAT I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR. Reading When Dimple Met Rishi was SO EYE OPENING. I felt like I WAS MIRRORED in Dimple, her need for independence, to rebel from societal pressures and to FIND HERSELF IN A WORLD THAT HAS ALREADY TOLD US WHO WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE. I had an INSTANT CONNECTION with When Dimple Met Rishi, and it made me realize how I’d NEVER SEEN MYSELF IN A BOOK BEFORE THIS – How I NEVER felt the need to be represented until this book and I LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF THE AWAKENING. Reasons Why This Book Should Already Be In Your Hands: 1. THE DIVERSITY: YAY FOR #DIVERSEBOOKS. The diversity in this is ACCURATE, with the religion, the parents, the pressure and the judge-y aunty-jis. I ADORED Dimple’s line of thought and how similar Dimple and I, and I felt like I understood a LOT OF PEOPLE BETTER after reading Rishi’s. THIS WAS SO WELL DONE. I CANNOT EVEN TALK ABOUT HOW HAPPY I AM THAT THIS BOOK IS GOING TO BE IN SO MANY HANDS SOON; THAT THIS WAS JUST WHAT I NEEDED TO READ. I LOVED IT. 2. ALL THINGS INDIAN: After I connected with Dimple on SUCH A PERSONAL LEVEL, all of the Indian things that came into this book made me feel like I WAS AT HOME. Whether it was the Bollywood item songs for the talent show, the KHATTA MEETHA MIXTURE (Which is my FAVOURITE and I one I haven’t eaten in so long) or the feeling of being dragged to boring family functions, THIS BOOK WAS COMPLETELY PERFECT IN ALL ASPECTS. 3. THE ADORABLENESS: EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK WAS ADORABLE, OKAY? I absolutely loved the beginning with Dimple throwing her iced coffee on Rishi, how she slowly warmed up to him and his hopes and dreams about her. I loved their dates and the chemistry and how they just wanted the best for each other. #SWOON. 4. FOLLOWING YOUR PASSIONS: In India, about ten years ago, they only respected professions were wither being a doctor or an engineer. Parents FORCE their children TILL DATE to become one of these two things regardless if they hate it or not. I WAS SO GLAD THAT THIS BOOK HIGHLIGHTED THE DIFFICULTY TO SAY NO TO YOUR PARENT’S REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEIR EXPECTATIONS FOR YOU ARE. #AccuratelyDesi 5. THE TWO SISTER BAR AND BOOKS: This is a book shop. And a bar. NEED I SAY MORE? Sandhya Menon and I have decided to live under a table now and I’ve totally booked my flight tickers. Bye now. An absolutely adorable, brilliant and addicting book starring two Indian American teenagers that will stay with you long after you’re done.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun but not as wonderful as I hoped **Actual rating - 3.5 This was SUCH an adorable book to read! I loved the mix of all that Indian culture because I love learning about it. I thought that it was interesting the Rishi was more traditional and Dimple less so. It made for some really great interactions between the two characters. I though the first half of this book was really great. I love that Dimple was so focused on becoming a programmer (yay girl programmers!) and I thought it was hilarious that Rishi was only there to meet Dimple. And the fact that Dimple had no idea about the whole thing only made it that much better. I found I could relate to both characters in certain ways. Dimple is a female programmer, like myself, which is never easy and there's some bullying at the start of the book. Rishi is an artist, also like myself, who is having a hard time turning that passion into a lifelong career. I loved both of those elements though I wished we could have seen more about them. I found the second half of the book a little boring. We started seeing more of the common YA tropes. There was the whole rich, white, privileged kids as the "bad guys" of a sort which I'm beyond tired of seeing. It's getting to be really unoriginal. Plus the whole plot towards the end has been seen way too many times before. It was a little bit of a disappointment at the ending for me. I was also a little disappointed with Dimple. She had this really strong view that she didn't need to get married, she wanted a career first. I respected her for that! But then she meets Rishi and it's borderline instalove and all her views change. There was so much talk about how great her personality was, being so independent, and she ended up in exactly the spot she didn't want to be in. Mostly, this book was interesting. I love learning about other cultures like I did with this book. I'm always really interested in seeing how different people can be and this was exactly that kind of book.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nerdy, funny and beautiful, hands down a summer must read! Have you ever gone to review a book that you loved and you just couldn’t get your thought down coherently? That’s me right now, and it happens a lot with books I really enjoy. My theory is that I get so sucked into the story that I stop thinking about it and critiquing it and just get lost in soaking it all up. So, know that this book was ah-may-zing but this review is not going to do it justice by any means. Before I get into the book itself lets just all sit back and appreciate that cover! Not going to lie, it was the cover that first caught my interest and then the synopsis that made me think “yes, I have to read this”. When Dimple Met Rishi was the perfect mix of nerdiness, romance, and laughter-inducing banter. I could not put it down, I had to a few times because of life *sigh* but I easily could have read this in a day. And I can’t believe this is Menon’s first novel, it was that well crafted that it did not read like a debut. The pace, the flow, the character development; everything was on point. This is definitely a character driven story and I noticed that there was a lot of depth. I didn’t just learn that Dimple was, for example, afraid of ____ because of ____. I got to experience her thoughts and feelings, both emotional and physical, and I could understand her all the better for it. Memon not only gave us incredibly realistic and beautifully flawed characters but she gives us diversity as well! And a kick ass, strong, independent female lead. (How does she do it?!) I don’t even know where to start with Dimple because I just loved her so much. She was adorably nerdy, she knew exactly what she wanted and had the drive to achieve it. Her humble confidence was so refreshing, I’ve never read a character like her before and I really want to be best friends now. Then you add Rishi into the mix and I think I have my new favorite ship ever. I have never wanted two characters to end up together more than those two. They were perfectly alike and different from one another, pushing each other out of their comfort zones while finding comfort in one another as well. #relationshipgoals. The whole arranged marriage fiasco was so funny, actually, a lot of the writing had me laughing because the characters were so honest and witty. And while they weren’t necessarily hate-to-love they were close enough and I LIVE for that trope. Lastly, I really liked that the main characters struggled with things that they had identified as their strengths. Rather than growing by overcoming a ‘weakness’, they reflected on the way they see the world because of their strengths. I found that to be different from most contemporary plots and I liked it. I cannot recommend this book enough and I can’t wait to read more from Sandhya Menon.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must Read A bollywood movie but so much better and all in a book! Simply perfection! It's great to see this kind of diversity in YA fiction and chick lit! I look forward to reading Menon's next book. My only criticism would be Rishi seemed a bit unreal for an 18 year old boy, but then again this is fiction, that too bollywood inspired fiction, therefore, in a fictional world it makes sense.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved this!!! I picked this up on a whim one day. I had this book on my radar but wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it (YA contemporary's are very hit or miss with me). I absolutely loved this! It was the right amounts of fun and cute, and had an excellent pace. The coding camp and arranged marriage aspects were a brilliant touch. Can't wait to see more from this author!
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In no way is this your typical romance. Dimple is looking forward to her summer away from home before starting university in the fall. She knows that successfully completing the distinguished web design summer program will open all sorts of doors for her in the future. Rishi has other reasons for attending; he is going to meet his future wife, the one his parents have selected for him. Both Dimple and Rishi were anticipating huge changes to their lives as a result of this summer camp, but they got far more than they expected. I loved this book form the opening pages. Dimple is a strong young woman, she knows what she wants out of life and has a plan how to achieve it. She intends to beak out of the mould her parents have planned for her. Rishi likewise knows what he wants and a has a pragmatic approach for his success. He is very traditional, loves his heritage and embraces the idea of the life his parents have planned for him All is going well for the teens and their plans, until they meet. From that moment, I couldn't wait to read more, to find out how they both could succeed in their goals without totally crushing the other. How could I not love both Dimple and Rishi. They were both so sincere and passionate in their belief that they had chosen the correct life path. As I read, I also pondered the idea of arranged marriages. It is still widely accepted in many parts of the world but disdained in others. To fully appreciate it's value, I feel I would have had to have grown up within it's practise. To have had parent, grandparents and aunts and uncles watching over me and perusing perspective bride grooms. It appears a years long, if not life long process of much thought and consideration. I can imagine the lively discussions this book will initiate among teen readers. Tradition vs modern thought. The value of involving your parents in your life and finally being true to yourself and your passions vs purely financial goals. This is a wonderful debut novel from author Sandhya Menon. Her next book is due out in 2018. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books and Music Inc., in exchange for an honest review. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a cute rom-com! A very cute, light, romantic comedy. It was refreshing to read a diverse rom-com, and the arranged marriage concept definitely caught may attention. Dimple's nerdiness was endearing, as was Rishi's persistence. As the romance unfolded, the pace dipped, and the last half wasn't as satisfying as the first. I think that because it was a light romance, the stakes didn't feel as high, but if you like butterflies and first kisses, and watching characters grapple with blossoming attractions, you'll probably love this one.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the few contemporaries I have thoroughly enjoyed. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon is an exquisite piece of art that leaves a longing need to be a part of its story in the hearts of its readers. I am not much of a contemporary reader. It's quite obvious that I prefer a fantastical or Sci-Fi novel over any contemporary any day when one scrolls through my To-Read, Read or Bookstagram pages. Although, an exception to that is When Dimple Met Rishi. I adored the characters, their relationships, and the three-dimensionality to each one of them. VERY MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD As an Indian myself, I find it quite hard to confidently express my love for my heritage, my culture, my family's religion, and my Indian upbringing in Canada. What I loved about Rishi was how unapologetically Indian he was. He did not care if that made him 'un-cool' to the popular groups of people because he loved his culture too much to allow anyone to ruin his perception and his ties to his culture. I loved how Sandhya also showed how there were two types of Indians by introducing Hari Mehta. I won't go much into detail for him, but, I will say one thing: I hate that boy more than Dolores Umbridge. India, as not a lot of people know, is a country of many religions/mini-cultures. I am sure Hari's parents were the descendants of one of those religions/cultures, and how he insulted not only the one his family belonged to, and India as well by how insulted he felt even with his authentic, Indian name, infuriated me. Dimple was incredibly relatable to me. I read her and felt like I was reading about myself. She was basically me except for the fact that she was good at coding, went to some sort of summer camp, and is capable of intimacy without laughing at her significant other. Okay, maybe we're not exactly the same. I loved Dimple. Dimple was authentic to me. I am going to be eighteen soon, and I find Dimple's struggles incredibly realistic since me and my older sister, soon to be 25 years old, hear the same things from our parents. Although, that doesn't mean we don't love our parents, we do, but sometimes, like Dimple felt, the comments about marriage got annoying enough to snd us stomping off to our rooms. This book felt real. This book is where I saw a girl just like me, and for the very first time, I felt the protagonist's story pulse through my body. I understood her struggles, her passions--I understood her. I haven't really been able to say this about books I have read before and 100%meant it, but I found representation for myself, my family, and so many Indians I know in Canada, in this book. And boy, did it leave a mark. I would recommend this jewel of a book to everyone who wants to know more about Indians, or is an Indian. I assure you, this is the best western tribute to Bollywood, and India in general, I have seen to date, even if it wasn't meant to be the amazing tribute it became.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 378 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 4 When Dimple Met Rishi is unbelievably cute, and it was exactly what I needed after a string of disappointing fantasy books. I’m still not a contemporary book fan, and I do have some complaints, but other than that, When Dimple Met Rishi was a really solid debut novel. I love all the characters, especially Celia, Dimple and her parents. I strongly relate to Dimple; just replace coding with books (though I did go to a one day program called Girls Rock I.T. No knowledge was retained), and cultural heritage with a distinct lack of cultural heritage. I loved seeing Dimple realize that her parents genuinely cared about her happiness. I also loved seeing Rishi realize that he should do what makes him happy, rather than what makes his parents happy. I am also officially dubbing the rich, popular kids aberzombies from now on. I appreciate seeing phases in what I believe is Hindu (don’t take my word for it. I can barely form a sentence in my country’s second language). I used to be bothered when books include phrases in other languages without translating them, but then I remember how I feel whenever I can understand when people in books speak French. It makes me feel like the book is written for me. One of my issues with When Dimple Met Rishi was that it would switch perspectives halfway through a chapter. There was fair warning for the perspective change, but it didn’t really work for me. I am okay with novels that change perspectives, but I prefer chapters to be dedicated to a specific character. It was also really nice to see characters going into college/ university. It’s probably because I don’t normally read contemporary, but it was nice to read about characters in the same situation I’m in (I will be done with High School in a month). Overall, When Dimple Met Rishi was a sweet contemporary that taught me about a culture that I previously had very little knowledge about. It has therefore earned 4 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE Dimple and Rishi have been arranged to be married. They're complete opposites. Dimple doesn't like traditional Indian ideals and tries to stay far away from them. She's not interested in finding the perfect Indian husband. Her main priority is this awesome summer program where she can use her web developing skills. Rishi is a hopeless romantic, the perfect Indian boy, total boyfriend material. He can't wait to woo his future wife. Both of them are attending the same summer program because their parents thought it would be a great way to begin their arrangement. And adventure begins. This book is everything I wanted and more. We have the trope of opposites attract, a swoon worthy romance, a strong independent female lead, a sweet and wonderful male lead, and enjoyable characters overall. Rishi Patel is what book boyfriend dreams are made of. The book is told in dual perspectives, which is great because you get to see what both Dimple and Rishi are thinking. They both have such wonderful character development. If you love contemporary romance novels you NEED to read this book. If you only read one book this year it has to be this one.
Date published: 2017-04-15

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When Dimple Met Rishi CHAPTER 1 Dimple couldn’t stop smiling. It was like two invisible puppeteers, standing stage left and stage right, were yanking on strings to lift up the corners of her mouth. Okay, or maybe something less creepy. The point was, the urge to grin felt irresistible. Dimple clicked on the e-mail again and read it. Stanford. She was going to Stanford. Even though the acceptance letter had come in the mail weeks ago, she hadn’t allowed herself to really, fully believe it until her student log-in details had come via e-mail. She’d thought that, at the last minute, Papa would have second thoughts and renege on the deposit. Or that Mamma would call and tell them Dimple had changed her mind (and if you didn’t think Mamma would do something like that, you’d never met her). But no, it had all actually worked out. Everything was settled. She was officially enrolled. Now, if only . . . Dimple clicked over to the other window she had open, her smile fading just a tad. Insomnia Con 2017: A fabulous opportunity for rising high school seniors or recent grads! Come learn the basics of web development on the sunny SFSU campus this summer! Just shut up and take my money, Dimple thought. But it wasn’t that easy. It would be an incredible opportunity—this was true. She’d have a leg up on everyone else when she started Stanford in the fall. And think of the contacts she’d make! Some of the biggest names in web development had gone through Insomnia Con: Jenny Lindt, for instance. The woman was a genius. She’d basically designed and coded the billion-dollar Meeting Space app and website from the ground up. It made Dimple salivate just to think of sitting through the same classes, participating in the same activities, walking the same campus as she had. But she didn’t know if she could push her luck with the parental unit. The summer program cost a thousand dollars. And while Papa and Mamma were solidly middle class, they weren’t exactly flush. Not to mention she’d already stretched her luck about as far as it could go, she was sure, by asking—nay, haranguing—them to let her go to Stanford. She was sure the only reason they had agreed was because they were secretly hoping she’d meet the I.I.H. of her—no, their—dreams at the prestigious school. I.I.H., for the uninitiated, stood for Ideal Indian Husband. Uggghh. Just thinking about it made her want to banshee-scream into a pillow. “Diiiiimpllllle?” Mamma sounded screechy and frantic as usual. When Dimple was younger, she’d go running downstairs, heart pounding every single time, terrified something awful had happened. And every single time Mamma would be doing something mundane like rummaging in the kitchen cupboard, greeting her casually with, “Have you seen my saffron?” Mamma never understood why it made Dimple so livid. “Just a minute, Mamma!” she shouted back, knowing full well it would be more than a minute. Dimple now knew better than to rush when she heard her Mamma call. They’d arrived at an uneasy truce—Mamma didn’t have to modulate her tone if Dimple didn’t have to drop everything and rush to her aid for saffron emergencies. She clicked through the photo gallery on the Insomnia Con website for another five minutes, sighing at the building’s giant glass and chrome structure, at the tech nerds grouped together in inviting clusters, at the pictures of previous, jubilant winners of the legendary talent contest that gave them extra seed money for their apps or websites. Dimple would kill to be one of them someday. Participants of Insomnia Con were tasked to come up with a concept for the most groundbreaking app they could conceive during their month and a half at the SFSU campus. Although no one could actually code an entire app in that time frame, the idea was to get as close as possible by the judging round. There were rumors that, this year, the winners would get the chance to have their concept critiqued by Jenny Lindt herself. Now that would be epic. Dimple said a little prayer that she’d win a thousand-dollar lottery, turned off her monitor, adjusted her ratty gray salwar kameez, and made her way downstairs. •  •  • “Woh kuch iske baare mein keh rahi thi na?” Papa was saying. Didn’t she mention this? Dimple stopped, ears perked. Were they talking about her? She strained to hear more, but Mamma pitched her voice too low, and Dimple couldn’t make out anything else. Of course. When she actually wanted to listen, Mamma decided to be quiet and reserved. Sighing, she walked into the living room. Was it her imagination or did her parents look a little flushed? Almost . . . guilty? She raised her eyebrows. “Mamma, Papa. Did you need something?” “Dimple, tell me again about—oh.” The guilty look disappeared as Mamma pursed her magenta lipsticked mouth, taking Dimple’s appearance in. “Wearing specs?” She pointed to Dimple’s glasses, perched on the end of her nose like usual. Mamma’s eyes roamed, squinting with disapproval at Dimple’s unruly black curly hair (which she refused to let grow past her shoulders), her face so completely unadorned with makeup, and sadly, in spite of Mamma’s optimistic naming, nary a dimple in sight. She should be thankful I brushed my teeth this morning, Dimple thought. But Mamma would never understand Dimple’s aversion to makeup and fashion. Every other week one of the aunties from the Indian Association came over to help Mamma dye her roots black while Papa was at work. He was under the impression she still had her youthful color. “Where are your contacts? And remember when I showed you how to do kaajal?” Kaajal was the potted eyeliner that was hugely popular in Mamma’s youth, a trend which she apparently hadn’t noticed had died away sometime in the ’70s. “Vividly,” Dimple muttered, trying to tamp down the annoyance in her voice. From beside Mamma, Papa, ever the peacemaker, was making a surreptitious please let it go face. “I just graduated three days ago, Mamma. Can’t I have this week to relax and be lazy?” Papa’s face now resembled a roti that had been left in the pan too long. “Relax and be lazy!” Mamma thundered. Her glass bangles jangled in synchrony. “Do you think you’re going to find a husband by being lazy? Do you think, for the past twenty-two years since marrying your father, I’ve had a minute to myself to be lazy?” Of course not, Dimple thought. Because you’ve been too busy hovering. She bit her tongue and sank down on the sofa, knowing that once Mamma got started, she’d be at it for a while. It was better to let her talk until the words petered out, like those windup chattering teeth you could buy at the joke store. There were a million things she could say in acerbic response, of course, but Dimple still hadn’t ruled out asking to enroll in Insomnia Con if the opportunity presented itself. It was in her best interest to hold back. “No, I haven’t,” Mamma continued. “ ‘Lazy’ shouldn’t be in a woman’s vocabulary.” Adjusting the violet dupatta on her gold and pink salwar kameez, Mamma settled against the couch. She looked like the brilliant Indian flower Dimple knew she herself would never be. “You know, Dimple, a grown daughter is a reflection of her mother. What do you think others in our community will think of me if they see you . . . like this?” She made a vague gesture at Dimple’s person. “Not that you aren’t beautiful, beti, you are, which is what makes it even more tragic—” Dimple knew she shouldn’t. But the flare of temper that overtook her made it all but impossible to stop the flood of words leaving her mouth. “That is such a misogynistic view, Mamma!” she said, jumping up, pushing her glasses up on her nose. Papa was muttering something under his breath now. He might’ve been praying. Mamma looked like she couldn’t believe what she was hearing. “Misogynistic! You call your own mother misogynistic?” Mamma darted an indignant look at Papa, who appeared to be extremely invested in a loose thread on his kurta. Turning back to Dimple, Mamma snapped, “This is what I’m worried about! You lose sight of the important things, Dimple. Looking nice, making an effort . . . these are the things girls value in our culture. Not this”—she made air quotes, which up until now Dimple hadn’t realized she knew how to use—“ ‘misogyny’ business.” Dimple groaned and clutched her head, feeling like that ancient pressure cooker Mamma still used when she made idli cakes. She was sure there was an actual chance she would explode. There was no way she and Mamma were related; they may as well have been two entirely different species. “Seriously? That’s what you think I should be relegating my brain space to? Looking nice? Like, if I don’t make the effort to look beautiful, my entire existence is nullified? Nothing else matters—not my intellect, not my personality or my accomplishments; my hopes and dreams mean nothing if I’m not wearing eyeliner?” Her voice had risen incrementally until it echoed off the high ceilings. Mamma, caught up in the moment, stood to meet her glare. “Hai Ram, Dimple! It is not eyeliner—it is kaajal!” Dimple’s temper flashed, the heat tempered only slightly by the dampness of disappointment. This was an argument they’d had so many times, she and Mamma could probably say each other’s lines. It was like they were constantly speaking two different languages, each trying to convince the other in an alien lexicon. Why couldn’t Mamma make the smallest effort to understand where Dimple was coming from? Did she really think Dimple had nothing valuable to contribute besides her looks? The thought made Dimple’s pulse skyrocket. She leaned forward, face flaming, ready to speak her mind about how she really felt— The doorbell chime echoed through the house, bringing them to a standstill. Dimple’s heart still raced, but she felt all the million old arguments stall, unspoken behind her lips. Mamma adjusted her dupatta, which had begun to fall off during the argument, and took a deep breath. “We have guests,” she said demurely, patting her hair. “I trust you will behave for them, Dimple?” Papa looked at her with big, pleading eyes. Dimple managed a curt nod, thinking, Saved by the bell, Mamma. You don’t know how lucky you are.

Editorial Reviews

A Summer 2017 Top Ten Indie Next Pick A Junior Library Guild Selection Teen Vogue’s 10 Diverse Books by YA Authors of Color to Read in 2017 Bustle’s 19 Best Young Adult Books of May 2017 Seventeen Magazine’s 12 Life-Changing Books You Have to Read This Summer PopCrush.com’s 10 Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of May 2017 “Effervescent.” —Chicago Tribune “Full of warm characters and sweet romance.” —Entertainment Weekly “Get ready to fall in love with Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel.” —HelloGiggles  “Deliciously quirky, funny, and nerdy.” —Bustle Magazine "Adorable." —Buzzfeed “Utterly delightful.” —BookRiot “This book is a hug you can carry, but it's also a smart exploration of how hard it can be to hold onto who you are and what you want if you dare to let someone else in.” —Barnes and Noble Teen Book Blog “Heartwarming, empathetic, and often hilarious—a delightful read.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review "A vibrant, joyous, funny love story." —VOYA, starred review “Bright and funny.” —Publishers Weekly “The strength of the story comes from its blending of Indian culture and values into a modern-day romance that scores of readers can enjoy.” —School Library Journal “Nuanced and thoughtful . . . will melt the hearts of readers.” —Booklist "Charming, magnetic, and zippy." —The Christian Science Monitor