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Værker af Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi (2017) 1,345 eksemplarer
From Twinkle, with Love (2018) 511 eksemplarer
Of Curses and Kisses (2020) 322 eksemplarer
There's Something About Sweetie (2019) 267 eksemplarer
10 Things I Hate About Pinky (2020) 130 eksemplarer
Make Up Break Up (2021) 101 eksemplarer
Of Princes and Promises (2021) 60 eksemplarer
The Sizzle Paradox (2022) 59 eksemplarer
As Kismet Would Have It (2019) 34 eksemplarer
Love at First Fight (2020) 20 eksemplarer
Booked for Christmas (2020) 15 eksemplarer
Untitled 2 eksemplarer

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1977 (or 1978?)
Colorado, USA



Representation: Asian characters
Trigger warnings: Sexism
Score: Five out of ten.
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I would've enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon if it received some improvements. I wanted to read this one for a while but I put it off for a few months until I picked it up at a library. I glanced at the blurb, making it seem like a romance between two Indian American characters, but when I closed the final page, it was okay.

The low ratings were a sign I should avoid this one, but I read it anyway. It starts with Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel living separate lives in the opening pages, with Dimple wanting to go against her parents' expectations, instead wanting to attend a program for web developers like her. Rishi is the opposite of her, firmly believing in traditions, which leads to them attending a smaller version of Comicon named Insomniacon soon after, where they spend the rest of the narrative. When Dimple Met Rishi tries to go for a slow burn pacing, with a length of nearly 400 pages, but it didn't work as the characters lack depth, making it hard to connect or relate with them, especially considering Dimple hits people sometimes. She's less likable now when I think about it. Side characters, like Ashish Patel, don't get much dedicated page time, unlike Dimple and Rishi, which have a lot of time in the spotlight, but I guess I should expect that considering their names are literally in the title.

There's not a lot of plot to When Dimple Met Rishi other than the romance, except for the brief discussions on sexism and Indian cultural traditions, which I found intriguing but underexplored. Diving deeper into those topics would've improved the reading experience, though. There is, however, a subplot revolving around Dimple and Rishi entering a cosplaying competition, providing a much needed break from the romance, and at least I appreciated that part, but that was only toward the concluding few pages. Once the central storyline ended, there is some bonus content, including a novella, which I liked, but even that couldn't make me enjoy When Dimple Met Rishi more.
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Law_Books600 | 95 andre anmeldelser | May 19, 2024 |
Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. From raccoon hospitals to persecuted rockstars, no cause is too esoteric for her to champion. But a teeny tiny part of her also really enjoys making her conservative, buttoned-up corporate lawyer parents cringe. Samir Jha might have a few... quirks remaining from the time he had to take care of his sick mother, like the endless lists he makes in his planner and the way he schedules every minute of every day, but those are good things. They make life predictable and steady. Pinky loves lazy summers at her parents' Cape Cod lake house, but after listening to them harangue her about the poor decisions (aka boyfriends) she's made, she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy - who is a total Harvard-bound Mama's boy - to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer. When Samir's internship falls through, leaving him with an unplanned summer, he gets a text from Pinky asking if he'll be her fake boyfriend in exchange for a new internship. He jumps at the opportunity; Pinky's a freak, but he can survive a summer with her if there's light at the end of the tunnel. As they bicker their way through lighthouses and butterfly habitats, sparks fly, and they both realize this will be a summer they'll never forget.… (mere)
ggslibrarian | 12 andre anmeldelser | May 7, 2024 |
The main character was a spoiled brat. She worries a lot about being a ‘groundling.’ There is nothing wrong with those who don’t want to be popular.
Also, she complains about not having money for a phone a lot. Get a job. Stop bellyaching.
So much feminism. She treated guys like crap because she thought they were being disrespectful because of gender. Not everything is about gender.
Despite all this, I enjoyed the ending.

2.5 Stars

Content: kissing, one or two uses of languages… (mere)
libraryofemma | 30 andre anmeldelser | Apr 18, 2024 |
This is totally a romantic comedy. If you like romance and cuteness and wish fulfillment, you will probably enjoy it. I sure did. I found both Rishi and Dimple appealing. I was kind of like Dimple as a teen -- no makeup, strident feminist, protective of my independence. And I fancy my husband is kind of a Rishi -- a more traditional, earnest, hardworking, responsible type. Their compatibility doesn't seem likely, so it's all the sweeter when they fall for each other. They have both just graduated high school and are attending the same summer coding program at San Francisco State University, so this book almost falls into the category of college story/new adult. It's a romance novel, a pretty tame one. Sex is discussed but not described.

The only aspect of this book that didn't work for me was the talent show. I do not understand why a bunch of would-be coders who are there to create apps would be told to put on a talent show in the middle of their program. I guess because it's fun? But there's actual money riding on it, so it's not actually fun, it's seriously competitive and stresses Dimple out. The talent show seemed to be a convenient device for the author (to include Bollywood dancing, Rishi's help, video footage, etc.) but it wouldn't make sense in the real world. It was just a big distraction from what the kids are there to learn.
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LibrarianDest | 95 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |



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