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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
When Dimple Met Rishi gives readers a window into the (loving) cultural tug of war between Dimple and Rishi and their conservative Indian American families. Conversations in the novel are casually sprinkled with Hindi words whose meanings are either explained or can easily be determined. There's a long and funny section that describes Dimple and Rishi's determined efforts to learn a Bollywood dance for a talent show.
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Positive Role Models
Dimple and Rishi take on a tough task: honoring as best they can their families' cultural traditions while making plans for lives very different from the ones their parents imagined for them. They do this respectfully, thoughtfully, and sometimes humorously.
Violence & Scariness
One brief fistfight in which no serious damage is done.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two teens have sex, which is not described in detail and comes after much serious discussion between the two about whether this is a good choice for them and their relationship. Other characters have sex that's alluded to rather than described. Two characters "hook up" and "do other stuff" that's not identified.
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"BS," "crap," and "bitch" used occasionally. And boys are tauntingly described as having "micro penises."
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Products & Purchases
Casual references to everything from Polaroid cameras, Gucci, Darth Vader, and Red Bull to Starbucks, Facebook, and Instagram. Rishi gives Dimple a copy of A Wrinkle in Time.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Rishi and Dimple turn down (without any hesitation) offers of drinks. Several characters are under the influence (of exactly what is never clarified) at an important event.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sandhya Menon's When Dimple Met Rishi is the story of two college-bound first-generation Indian American teens whose very traditional parents believe they're meant for each other. Dimple and Rishi's families arrange for them to attend a summer website and app-development competition in San Francisco, certain that when they meet it will be love at first sight. But for the Dimple and Rishi, it's anything but love when they meet. Dimple is horrified when she finds out her parents have selected a potential husband for her and wants nothing to do with Rishi. As this is a romantic comedy, the two will eventually discover -- through a series of sometimes hilarious misadventures -- that they have more in common than either of them ever thought possible. Several sexual encounters are not described in any detail, a few characters are "under the influence," and profanity is limited to "BS," "crap," and "bitch."
Is It Any Good?
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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