PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
DATE PUBLISHED: 30th May 2017
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.
A rom-com contemporary romance YA novel focusing on arranged marriages. With Indian protagonists there is a cultural element to this novel that added a level of diversity that I really enjoyed.
Dimple is career focused and sometimes quite ferocious. She loves her parents but does not want to participate in an arranged marriage and prefers to focus on her education and going to college. Her strong personality is an endearing quality. Rishi is a character who is looking forward to his arranged marriage with Dimple and sometimes puts his foot in his mouth. When these two characters come together and a relationship develops the development of the characters and the impact of one on the other is particularly heart-warming.
This is the book that got me out of a reading slump. It left me smiling with a lovely plot with some twists on the way. This had everything I could want for a romantic comedy novel with elements of diversity that just added to the overall experience.
Keep Calm and Read On,