Romance, Sustenance and Karl: When Dimple Met Rishi Review, Booktube Interview +Giveaway

Oh, our romantic hearts!! When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon is the perfect read for those of us who love a good story with a headstrong girl and an unlikely romantic lead that just makes your heart melt.

Christy and I adored this book so much that we wanted to co-review it. We loved how this book gave us all the feels and how it was set in SF Bay Area so it had a little extra special meaning for us. We had the pleasure of meeting Sandhya during Y'ALLWEST for an interview and please make sure to watch it so you can get a little extra on all the amazingness that is WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI and its engaging author. 


Describe Dimple and Rishi in 5 words. What was your reaction after finishing it?
Nancy: I adored Dimple & Rishi because they seemed like such an unusual couple with her being fiercely independent and wanting nothing but her freedom and him being totally smitten with her and having faith that things would work out. Such the opposites of attraction so you can imagine all the side splitting moments of laughter. 

Christy: You're. Next. Read. No. Question. LOL. The main reaction on Twitter seems to be "the hype is REAL" and it totally is. Sandhya has taken a packed market and given it a twist that makes it irresistible and easily one of the best contemporary books you'll read in your lifetime. I was like, can has that deleted scene NOW PLEASE? (It can be yours if you preorder today and submit your receipt!)

There's a ton of contemporary reads out right now. Why should When Dimple Met Rishi be at the top of everyone's lists?

Nancy: Because it is simply an adorable read. Yes, it is deals with a culture that is different to mine but I felt that it complemented this quirky love story. In the end it was all about Dimple & Rishi and their journey towards one another.

Christy: It's summertime, which means time for cute beach reads. Plus, have you seen that cover?

What were the most unique aspects of the story?

Nancy: I really enjoyed the attention that was paid to food. So many meals and coffee shops that I was starving when I finished reading it. 

Christy: The pacing! This is no insta-love story. Sandhya gives you that slow burn with these two that keeps you coming back and makes it realistic.     

What surprised you the most while reading?

Nancy: How smexy a certain scene was. I was left fanning myself and needing a large glass of ice water when I was done with it. HAWT!!

Christy: ^ Totally that! What a pleasant surprise in a YA book.

What books would you recommend to people clamoring for more rom-coms and diverse reads?

Christy: I will forever rec A Totally Awkward Love Story as my fav rom-com and second the diverse reads above! I'll also add Stacey Lee's Secret of a Heart Note, which is adorable.

ISBN: 9781481478687
Availability: Pre-Order and asked to get it signed
Published: Simon Pulse - May 30th, 2017
A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. 

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.

Check out this fun interview with Sandhya Menon as we talked about When Dimple Met Rishi and more.

If you like what you see and read you can still purchase WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI for the pre-order incentives HERE and you can have them signed when she visits Hicklebee's for her event on Friday, June 2nd. Make sure to then to see our live tweets on twitter under @ravenousreadr and @diamondxgirl


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  1. I've really been looking forward to this one, partly for the story but also because of the adorable cover. With a cover that cute, how can a book have anything but a happy ending? Thanks for the chance! :)

  2. Yay!!! So excited for this book to be out tomorrow!!! Great interview and review, ladies!

    1. Thank you!! It was such an honor to interview Sandhya, she was such pleasure to visit with. I hope you enjoy your copy.


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