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When Dimple Met Rishi

Narrated by: Sneha Mathan, Vikas Adam
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,071 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Now that Dimple Shah has graduated, she's ready for a break from her family - especially from Mamma's inexplicable obsession with her finding the Ideal Indian Husband. Ugh. But Dimple knows that her mother must respect that she isn't interested in doing that right now - otherwise she 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 - during which he'll have to woo her - he's totally onboard. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. Although their parents hadn't planned suggesting the arrangement so soon, when their kids signed up for the same summer program, they figured why not?

©2017 Sandhya Menon (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Editorial Review

"When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon marries my two favorite genres: YA and romance. I was in a listening rut when I stumbled upon this book, and it was exactly what I needed to re-engage. Sneha Mathan and Vikas Adam are perfectly cast as Dimple and Rishi, and I fell in love with these characters as they fell in love with each other. Dimple’s unabashed ambition was refreshing (and sends a strong message to young girls with similar interests), while Rishi’s romanticism was simply endearing." —Katie O.., Audible Editor

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Let's say it together...Awe!

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The fact that this book would have an HEA was never in dispute. It was just a matter of what the couple went through to get there. I loved how the"obstacles" were real and not just some miscommunication that pulled/kept them apart.

Dimple and Rishi get my vote as the cutest couple of the year. This is the first time in my history of reading fiction that I had hoped for an epilogue. Things were resolved quite satisfactorily but I would have loved a fast forward to what they were doing or their wedding or to how the parents felt about their matchmaking.

The narration Blew. Me. Away. The chapters were told in first person POV and I had to check often to confirm that this was a solo narration effort. It sounded like two people!!! Sneha Mathan just nailed it.

I loved this couple. I loved how they met. I loved how they made each other better. I got the feels.

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Loved this story!

I wanted try a different genre aside from my usual and I do not regret it. This was such a beautiful love story that was educational from a cultral standpoint. The chatacters were very relatable and I hung on to every word.

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disappointing

The narrators were good though sometimes the man's voice for Dimple was weird and cringey. The story itself was a let down. I was expecting a story about a girl with a passion for coding who pursues this career and invests her time in the competition she so 'desperately' wants to win. Instead I got 400 pages of Dimple slut shaming other girls, criticizing the rich kids for breathing, hitting Rishi, manipulating Rishi, and Dimple being the exact definition of "not like other girls". I wanted to scream all the time and I would've stopped reading had I know how infuriating the ending would be.

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Takes me to when I was 18

When I bought the book - I read loads of reviews claiming this book is cute, and there were lots of comments about the cultural side of things. I think those are the just backdrop items in the overall story. what I loved about this book was how it took me back to when I was 18, confused about life, unable to articulate my feelings, when heartbreaks felt raw and stung worse than I could imagine, about how I thought I understood the world and my place in it. What I truly enjoyed about this book was going back to that, and relating to that version of myself. And that is what I really enjoyed about this book, the way that it took me back to my thoughts and feelings when I was young and just leaving home for college. If you want to recapture that thought, then buy this book.

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loved it until almost the end

It was great until Dimple panicked. I know she's young in the book, and maybe it's because I'm so much older than she is, but that seemed unnecessary. It ruined the book for me.

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easy listen

This book was overall enjoyable, but the plot only focused on Dimple and Rishi's relationship for the entire book. This made it extremely difficult to follow anything that was going on in other characters' lives. I personally did not care for Dimple as a character because she just does not get that Rishi is traditional. I really thought it was stupid that she breaks up with him (knowing that she might eventually have to marry him) because she wasn't looking for a relationship while at this competition. I also didn't like that Celia felt guilty for sleeping with Rishi's brother and needed to tell Dimple. This was too random and did not do anything for the plot. Overall, it was worth a read, but not worth rereading.

The audio was great, but if I listened to it at regular speed it seemed like they were talking too slow.

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I Fell in Love with These Characters

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon marries my two favorite genres: YA and romance. Dimple Shah is strong-willed, ambitious, and at 18 years old, not looking for her IIH (Ideal Indian Husband). Her parents, however, have other plans. When they readily agree to her attending a summer program for aspiring web developers, she thinks it’s because they finally understand her goals. But unbeknownst to her, it’s because they’ve been arranging for her to marry Rishi Patel—who also happens to be attending the same program. I was in a listening rut when I stumbled upon this book, and it was exactly what I needed to re-engage. Sneha Mathan and Vikas Adam are perfectly cast as Dimple and Rishi (I’ve already downloaded my next listens from each of them), and I fell in love with these characters as they fell in love with each other. Dimple’s unabashed ambition was refreshing (and sends a strong message to young girls with similar interests), while Rishi’s romanticism was simply endearing.

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Shockingly Obtuse

“If you have nothing nice to say...” Well, I have to say something, but since I’m wading out here in the minority opinion pool, I’ll keep it to a concise list :-)

The Good:
➸ The Indian rep was a gift
➸ Rishi’s brother
➸ The premise for the entire storyline

The Bad:
➸ For the summer before college, the characterizations across the board were really immature
➸ Where was the STEM fun I was promised?!
➸ Rishi... he’s a bit too clingy for my taste (I guess I don’t like cinnamon buns haha)

The Ugly:
➸ Dimple... her girl hate was palpable
➸ Actually, the sheer amount of general hate that dripped from the pages
➸ D+R’s relationship... Nope.Nope.Nope. Rishi deserves a kinder partner.


Audiobook Performance: I don’t think I get on well with “his and her voices” audiobooks at this point. I always end up preferring one over the other.

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don't like teenage sex

It's a fun story in told in a Terry McMillian kings of way with just the girl and the guy. I really wish they would have been older. some serious adult situations for 17yos.

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Not really original

At first I found it cute but then, it was just too long. And Dimple actions might have annoyed me a little.
I'm not familiar with the Indian culture so I like that I was able to discover a little about it.

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  • Emer
  • 02-10-18

Didn't Finish It

I couldn't finish this book, it just couldn't grab my attention at all. I can't really comment on it as I only got about 2 hours in but would not recommend it.

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  • 02-24-18

I loved it!

I loved this story - and the narrators were great too, they were perfect for the story!

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  • 03-06-19

Cute Young Adult

Bought this book coz it was recommended to me not realising it was YA but I still had a good time. I think most kids are a bit more grown up by this age though - it's how innocent your parents thought you were not realising what you were really getting up to.
To clarify: brownies at a party would DEFINITELY co rain pot and kids these days do not have such embarrassing email addresses.