When Dimple Met Rishi – Review

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Author: Sandhya Menon

Length: 378 pages (UK paperback edition)

Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarNo Star

Summary

Dimple and Rishi are complete opposites. Dimple is far from traditional and wants to focus on her career before even thinking about settling down and getting married whereas Rishi wants to make his traditional parents proud and thinks that the idea of an arranged marriage is romantic. When Dimple and Rishi meet through a quite intentional mix-up their lives are changed forever as they begin to question their futures and their views on tradition.

Plot

I love the plot of this novel, it is well developed and touches on some very important subjects such as people being bullied because of their beliefs and traditions. I think that this book is very important as I have never read a YA book that represents children of Indian immigrants so well. I think that the plot was a bit slow in the beginning but became very fast paced as the story developed. I found some parts of the book to be a bit predictable but this is easily forgiven by the general loveliness of this contemporary.

**SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ON**

Dimple and Rishi

Dimple and Rishi go through so much character development throughout this story as they learn to understand the world through each other’s perspectives and make compromises for the sake of their relationship. I think that their clashing views on tradition effectively shows readers that not everyone will have the same opinions about tradition and everyone’s views should be respected and should not be diminished because they are different. Dimple and Rishi both have imperfections which just shows how complicated their characters are.

The Aberzombies

I thought that the Aberzombies were such amazing antagonists. They were a complex group which brought many currently important topics to light as the boys were the clear “leaders” of the group and really had no respect for women or people with different traditions and beliefs to them. Isabelle is a difficult character to label as she is very reluctant to go along with what the boys do and she obviously does not approve of how they treat others, especially women, however she lets them get away with their awful treatment of others and lets herself be humiliated for their gain so I wouldn’t call her an antagonist but she is still far from a hero.

I generally thought that the characters were very well written with very strong character development and a good variation in characterisations.

Recent Controversy

People have recently argued that Dimple was wrong to throw her coffee at Rishi when they first met which I completely disagree with. Dimple’s reaction is very normal for someone who had just been approached by a complete stranger telling her that they were going to marry. If that happened to me I would probably do worse than just throw my coffee at them as I can imagine I would be very shocked and scared.

Overall Thoughts

I think that this book is very important especially for people with Indian heritage as it is something that is not represented very often in Young Adult books. The story line is done very well and the characters are complex and go through a lot of development. I commend Sandhya Menon for writing such an amazing debut novel and giving the world such a delightful summer read!

June Wrap-Up & July TBR 2017

Again, this has been a slow reading month for me but I’ve finally finished college so now I have all the time in the world to read!

 

June Wrap-Up

always and foreverAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han: ★★★★☆

 

Ari and Dante

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz: ★★★★☆

 

liars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: ★★★★★

 

July TBR

Harry Potter 3

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (re-read)

 

when dimple met rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

 

city of ashes

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (re-read)

 

northern lights

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

 

jane eyre

Jane Eyre by Charotte Brontë

Always and Forever, Lara Jean – Spoiler Review

always and forever

Author: Jenny Han

Length: 325 pages (UK paperback edition)

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary

The conclusion to this beautiful series follows Lara Jean Covey through her senior year of high school as she has to make some tough decisions about where she wants to go to college and what her decision will mean for her relationship whilst her family goes through some changes.

Lara Jean

I felt like I could really relate to Lara Jean in this book as she has had the same thoughts and feelings that many of us have probably had about going to university or college. Where you want to go to university is a huge decision that comes with a lot of excitement and worry about whether you will get in and how it will change the different relationships in your life and I felt that Jenny Han portrayed these feelings very well through Lara Jean.

However, I felt that this made Lara Jean quite controlling over the people in her life especially when it came to her Dad’s and Mrs. Rothschild’s wedding and Peter and his Dad.

Peter

I’m not going to lie, I did not like Peter at all in this book. I thought that he was so unsupportive of Lara Jean and her decision to go to UNC. Peter seemed very insecure in immature (especially towards John Ambrose McClaren) and if he had been my boyfriend I would have no faith in our relationship lasting through college. A part of me hoped that Lara Jean would break up with him and go out with John Ambrose McClaren.

Kitty

Kitty was a sassy queen as usual and I will always love her character. She knows what’s what and thinks in such a straight forward way that makes me wonder why all the characters can’t have Kitty’s logic. Her relationship with Peter is very cute and it is the only thing that gives me any faith in that boy. If Kitty likes him he must be good.

Margot

Okay, I understand why Margot was thrown off by her dad’s relationship escalating so quickly whilst she was in Scotland but she can’t have just expected her family’s life to stand still whilst she was away and she should have made more of an effort to make Mrs. Rothschild feel welcome and get to know her. I can forgive Margot for this though as she always encouraged Lara Jean to go for what she really wanted and to not let concerns about her relationship stop her from going to UNC.

Overall Thoughts

this book is a perfect summer contemporary read and although i had issues with some characters *ahem* Peter *ahem* I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I am so happy that Jenny Han added this book to the series because I love reading about the Song Girls and I love how much this series focuses on Lara Jean’s relationship with her family.

Random Notes From My Phone

  • Hamilton references yes yes yes!
  • This proposal is so cute
  • STORMY NO
  • Margot be nice
  • Bless Ravi for trying to get on Dr. Covey’s good side
  • Peter stop being such a stupid head

The Hamilton Book Tag

**SPOILER WARNING FOR THE BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS POST**

For my first post I thought I would combine my two favourite things, Hamilton and books. I saw that Polandbananasbooks did this tag by maureenkeavy on youtube and instantly wanted to do it myself.

The Room Where It Happens – A book world you would put yourself in

HP

I would definitely, without a shadow of a doubt put myself in J K Rowling’s Wizarding World. It’s magical, mysterious and has most of my favourite characters in it. I’ve been waiting for my Hogwarts letter since the day I turned eleven.

 

The Schuyler Sisters – An underrated female character

ACOTAR

For this one I’m going to say Nesta from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. Nesta seems to be shallow and mean in the first book and even in the second book but in A Court of Wings and Ruin she proves to be such a strong female character.

 

My Shot – A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

a darker shade

My mind instantly went to Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab for this one. She wants adventure and her pirate ship and she doesn’t care what she has to do to get it.

 

Stay Alive – A character you wish was still alive

Fred_Weasley

Need I say more?

 

Burn – The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read

crown of midnight

I ship Celaena and Chaol so much and when their relationship ended in Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas I was absolutely heart broken. Chaol was trying not to worry Celaena whilst also doing his job but this caused a huge rift between them after devastation struck.

 

You’ll Be Back – Sassiest villain

city of bones

I wasn’t really sure who to pick for this one but in the end I went for Valentine from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra because he is pretty darn sassy.

 

The Reynolds Pamphlet – A book with a twist you didn’t see coming

everything everything

Usually I’m pretty good at predicting plot twists but I really did not see this one coming. I was shocked when I found out that Maddy didn’t actually have SCID to the point that I had to re read the page to check I had read it right.

 

Non-stop – A series you marathoned 

twilight

I’ve marathoned a fair few series but the first series that I marathoned was the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer back in the day. I was obsessed with these books.

 

Satisfied – Your favourite book with multiple POVs

allegiant

Allegiant by Veronica Roth is the only book that I can remember reading with more than one POV but it definitely is not one of my favourite books. My dislike can be summarised with two words. Tris’ ending.

 

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story – A book/ series you feel will be remembered throughout history

hp series

Definitely the Harry Potter series by J K Rowling. This series is iconic.

 

Helpless – A relationship you were pulling for from the very start

throne of glass

I’ve shipped Chaol and Celaena since they were both introduced to us in Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas which is why my heart was shattered into tiny little pieces in Crown of Midnight.

 

Ten Duel Commandments – Your favourite fight scene

ACOWAR

For this one I’m going to go for the first battle scene in A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. This battle was so powerful as we really got to see Feyre be the High Lady of the Night Court as she did what she had to do to protect her people and her friends.

 

Say No To This – A guilty pleasure read

anna and the french kiss

I wouldn’t really call this a guilty pleasure read because plenty of people have read and enjoyed this book but Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is such a mushy and lovely book. It’s really good if you’re struggling through a reading slump.

 

What Comes Next – A series you wish had more books

the hunger games

I wish that Suzanne Collins had written The Hunger Games trilogy with four books instead of three. I would have preferred it if Mockingjay was two books just to make the series last longer.

 

Right Hand Man – Your favourite BROTP

ACOMAF

My favourite BROTP is definitely the one between Rhys, Cassian and Azriel from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. Their relationship is so sweet because they would literally do anything to protect each other and their back story is brilliant.

 

What’s I Miss – A book series you were late to reading

percy jackson and the lightening thief

*Ahem* I’ve only just started reading Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan and I am so late on this band wagon.

 

Wait For It – A book worth waiting for

when dimple met rishi

I’m still waiting for the release of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon but I know it will be worth it because I have never read a book where an Indian American character is the protagonist before.

 

Thanks for reading! There was very much a Harry Potter and Sarah J. Maas theme going on in this tag but at least now it’s clear who my favourite authors are!

I tag anybody who wants to do this tag.