Parents' Guide to

When Dimple Met Rishi

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Opposites begin to attract in sweet arranged-union tale.

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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Cute fluffy romance

I love the concept of this book - When Harry met Sally with Indian American teenagers. The world needs more books about diverse characters and more romances with Asian American leads. The writing and pacing were a bit flat for me. I put the age at 14-15+ because the 18 year old main characters do have sex, which while not graphic, does having them taking their shirts off. Definitely too mature for my 12 year old.
age 16+

Formulaic , but cute

I read on the dust jacket that the author was a fan of Bollywood and that makes total sense because this book is basically Bollywood meets a YA novel. It's about 17+ year olds so there are several mentions of sexual activity and one sex "scene" (though nothing is graphically described). Some of the characters are a bit stereotypical and flat and the storyline was completely formulaic and predictable, but it had some cute moments. A good beach book!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (10 ):

This heartwarming, funny, romantic tale explores serious coming-of-age issues: honoring tradition in a modern world, becoming independent, and making good choices about love. When Dimple Met Rishi portrays Dimple and Rishi's blended world of conservative Indian culture and tech nerds in a way that will be instantly relatable not only to readers who come from Indian families but also to any teens who've ever been misunderstood by their parents or felt like an outsider.

Dimple and Rishi might be geeky, but they're feisty, funny geeks who will constantly surprise readers as their true personalities emerge. Who would have expected Rishi to be confident and take charge on a first date or that Dimple would find she could dance like a character out of a Bollywood movie? While the idea of arranged marriages is central to the plot of the novel, it's made clear that neither set of parents would ever pressure Dimple or Rishi to marry someone they didn't love.

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