When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Publication Date: May 30th 2017 by Simon Pulse
Source: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis

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.

I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

First of all, let’s admire the cover of this book! Since the cover reveal was made, I immediately added this to my tbr because of how adorable the cover was! It’s not everyday we get to see an Indian girl on a cover of a book!

This book was straight up quirky, nerdy, and truly enjoyable. I enjoyed Dimple and Rishi’s banter and interaction from the get go. Both of them are huge nerds in their own ways and I just love it! Dimple is feisty, smart, and passionate. In contrast to Dimple’s feistiness, Rishi is such a pure soft boy!!! He’s so adorable and I love the fact that he never gave up on Dimple, even as friends.

The story was told in alternating POVs, which I love, but because of the formatting of the ARC, it was a little hard for me to keep track of the shift in the POV, but overall it was delightful to see the story in both voices. Dimple and Rishi totally complements each other in a lot of ways, and they’re one of my favorite YA couples to date.

“You. Are. Beautiful. Lajawab. My only worry is that I might not be able to do you justice.”

I also enjoyed how the Indian culture was integrated in the book, and how it steered away from the usual culture I see from Bollywood movies. It was modernized in a way, that kids are getting more freedom make their own choices in life since their tradition plays a big part in the story. It’s also sex positive!

I think the only issue I had was it’s a little predictable especially towards the end. Although, we all love our happy endings, don’t we?

Sandhya Menon’s debut is a sassy rom-com that will leave you laughing, crying, and swooning all at the same time. Menon’s writing is so lovely and heartwarming and I can’t wait to read more from her. I definitely recommend this book to everyone!

Celebrating One’s Adult Life with Coming of Age

 

I once gifted this book to a friend of mine when she turned 18, and she told me that she really enjoyed it, so I got curious about the content. Luckily, Summit Books sent me a copy of this book so I was able to read it.

I really enjoyed the short stories included in the book. Most of the authors are familiar to me, and I have read some of their other works. Some of the authors are local celebrities here in the Philippines and it was cool to see another creative aspect of them.

My favorite story from the anthology is Agay Llanera’s Birthday Girl. It’s the story of Laya, who died from an accident on her 18th birthday and was given the chance to relive one day, any day of her choice, and she picked the last day of her dad’s life upon knowing that her dad hasn’t crossed over yet.

One of the things I really liked about the story was the innocence and sincerity of Laya’s father. The story was set during the Martial Law era in the Philippines, although it wasn’t explicitly mentioned. I picked it up early from the story.  To cut this short, her dad was one of the many people who fought for freedom and became one of the casualties so Laya wasn’t able to meet him, and that was her only chance. Laya gave him the chance to write a letter to her mom, who was pregnant with Laya during the time. With that, they all were able to get closure, and Laya helped her dad cross over.

A simple story, with a deep meaning. It made me think about the other Martial Law victims, and their families who haven’t found their own closure, and justice. I met Agay last April but I forgot to mention this to her, I’ll be sure to tell her how much I loved this story the next time we meet!

I also enjoyed the illustrations from the book. Each work comes with an illustration, which looked like they belong to a beautiful creative zine with some indie vibe. This was a pretty good book overall, but I pretty much skipped some of the content because they weren’t just getting into me. I still recommend this book, especially as a gift to people turning 18!

What I Learned From Three Years of Blogging

For some reason, I still can’t bring myself to think that I’m actually blogging. It still feels a little unreal when I think about the friends I gained, the books I’m getting, and all the people I met throughout the process.

It’s true that blogging is not a joke. At first, I thought that this was going to be an easy deal. Just writing reviews here and there, but the first thing I learned was, as a blogger, you get to have complete creative freedom with the content you’re creating and this was truly refreshing! I enjoy reading different feature posts other than book reviews from my favorite bloggers. I even created my own features, even though I totally failed at maintaining it. Don’t worry though, I’m sure they’ll make a comeback at some point.

Another important thing I learned was getting free books isn’t everything. It’s true! This is a point that established bloggers are always trying to get across to younger bloggers. Your blog and your legitimacy as a book blogger isn’t going to be measured by how many publicists you get to talk to and how many ARCs you’re getting from them.  I know how exciting it is to get bookmails. I have to admit that when I first started, I was requesting way too many books than I can read so I always end up getting buried with a lot to catch up. Now, I’m only requesting the ones I’m really interested in reading, because at the end of the day, these books will end up at your local bookstores’ shelves one way or the other and you can always buy them.

I’m truly grateful that I discovered the hidden gem that is #romanceclass. I’m sure you have heard of it at one point. If not, then you are missing big time. The #romanceclass community consists of Filipino authors who write about romance, and they are really good at it. I’m really happy that I came across the #romanceclass community because honestly they are my happy pill. I’ve read a number of books from the #romanceclass authors and they’re all delightful and totally swoon worthy. I’ve also attended a couple of their events and the authors are very friendly, the activities are fun to do, and the live readers readings!!!! They’re so much fun to watch!

The book community is very supportive, that’s another thing I’ve learned. I know that we deal with constant shit and we see them on Twitter but I’m glad that more people are getting aware and more educated about issues, such as diversity and representation. I feel like we just need to do our part to make the community better. We need to listen and boost voices of the minority. People need to acknowledge that we are part of the community too. Speaking of diversity, I’m so happy that more diverse books are getting picked up! I’m seeing Filipino authors being published by the big five. I’m also really happy that books are getting Asian people as cover models such as I Believe in A Thing Called Love, When Dimple Met Rishi, and Lucky In Love! Just yesterday, I saw a physical copy of I Believe… in my local bookstore and seeing the cover just made me really happy!!!

The most important thing I have learned is that it’s okay to take a break. When 2017 started, I had a huge blogging slump. I post sporadically, and have noticed that I don’t read as much as I did back then. One of the reasons for this was because I was getting a little tired of blogging. I felt like I wasn’t putting out enough creative posts so I did, what I could. I took a break from blogging. Sometimes, I just post some reviews and book hauls here and there, but there wasn’t any original content. I was also on my last semester from Uni, so I focused more on studying. And I have to say that everything was worth it! Two weeks from now, I’m finally graduating from Uni!!!

Throughout this journey, I get to meet and mingle with a lot of people. For two years, a bunch of us bloggers were able to organize reader meet-ups. I met a lot of readers and bloggers because of this and I’m excited for what we have in store for you! I also met lovely authors, both local and international, that have inspired me more to read! I’m thankful for all of this! I can’t wait to experience more things as I go through another year, and more!

As part of my blogoversary celebration, I have an ongoing giveaway on Twitter so check that out!

Stacking the Shelves #30

I’ve been really busy for months that I often forget to post my book hauls here. The last one I did was back in February so this is going to be a massive one.

LOCAL BOOKS HAULED:

Dare To Love by C.P. Santi
Keep The Faith by Ana Tejano
Playing Autumn by Mina V. Esguerra
Sounds Like Summer by Six Delos Reyes
If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman
Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
Summer Crush by Six Delos Reyes, Tara Frejas, and Jay E. Tria

ARCS HAULED:

The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby
This Is How It Happened by Paula Stokes
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Like Water by Rebecca Podos
Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
The One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus
Antisocial by Jillian Blake
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Welcome Home by Eric Smith
What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

FROM GIVEAWAYS:

Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman
The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer
The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl

BOOKS BOUGHT:

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Pivot Point by Kasie West
Split Second by Kasie West

I have also received some signed bookmarks from Kara Thomas and Jay Kristoff (Thanks Kate! <3)

Now that I’m finally finishing college (just waiting for graduation this month!!) I can finally have more time to read so I do hope I could squeeze these in before I go on a job hunt haha!

As usual, big thanks to HarperCollins International, Abrams Books, Penguin Random House International, Simon Pulse, Bloomsbury, #romanceclass authors, Katie and Marianna, JM of Book Freak Revelations, Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs and Jay Kristoff, Kara Thomas, Nicole Castroman, and Rebecca Podos!

Which books did you get this week? Have you read any of these books? Let me know!