Written by Sandhya Menon
Expected publication: May 30th, 2017 by Simon Pulse
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 feel such a kinship with Jen’s other authors, and it’s not just because we share an editor. Even though I have little personal experience with Indian culture, so much here is familiar. I have also felt torn between my immigrant parents’ culture and American culture. I have also been embarrassed about having to wear traditional clothing. I’ve also struggled to balance my parents’ wishes for my life with my own (both relating to the culture and not).
I love that Sandhya uses dual POVs, with one character embracing his Indian culture and being comfortable in himself, and the other wanting to be American, even going so far as to initially lose her fiery spirit in front of the aptly and humorously named “Aberzombies.”
This, plus the other characters (like Rishi’s brother, Ashish) give a wide spectrum of the child-of-immigrant experience, which is SO refreshing.
I especially love how Rishi is a romantic, genuinely good guy who truly cares for Dimple. He is a unique love interest, especially for YA, one I loved reading about. I love his dichotomy with Dimple and how they are so different yet compatible.
I can’t wait for May so that you all can fall in love with their love! It is an uplifting, hopeful read with a lovely romance on which you can float along.
Also, their meet-cute is one of my favorite scenes in the book, and I’m so happy the gorgeous gorgeous book jacket features it.
And how cute is this cover?! I love the way it showcases Dimples’ two cultures!