Menon, S. (2017). When Dimple Met Rishi. NY: Simon & Shuster.
Dimple and Rishi, two Indian-America teenagers, have finished high school and are excited to brave the beginning of the rest of their lives, however each have very different viewpoints of what that looks like. Dimple (who unfortunately never materialized any real dimples to live up to her name) has passionately chosen to pursue her career, beginning with a Stanford education. Rishi on the other hand is more traditional, choosing tradition and obedience over doing what makes his soul sing. His little brother, who is now bigger, taller, and much more muscular than the MIT-bound Rishi, suggests he be more balanced and reminds him of the comics he used to love.
Dimple and Rishi go to a computer programming summer camp in San Francisco; Dimple is thrilled to be studying with some of the best in the field and surprised her parents allowed her to go, while Rishi signed up because both sets of parents have actually set up an arranged marriage for their children and want them to get to know each other a bit before leaving for colleges on separate coasts. Rishi, a hopeless romantic, looks at his happy parents as poster children for arranged marriage. Dimple, however, scorns her mother’s continued attempts at makeup, bright saris, and finding the ILH, Ideal Indian Husband, and so their first meeting gets off to a rocky, laugh-out-loud start when Dimple, who has zero idea who he is, thinks he’s some creep and throws her iced coffee straight at him before taking off running.
The tone of the book is sweet and funny. Both Rishi and Dimple is absolutely adorable as we read their alternating viewpoints and watch these opposites attract.