Waiting on Wednesday: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting.  This week I’m choosing When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.  I’ve been so EAGERLY anticipating this one that I can’t even put it into words.  I absolutely love the concept of the story- an Indian girl and boy head to a summer program for web developers.  Dimple is interested in going and escaping her parents who keep pressuring her to find the perfect Indian husband.  Meanwhile, they’ve actually set up an arranged marriage with Rishi’s parents and Rishi is a traditionalist and a romantic.  He’s so excited to go to this program, meet his future wife and sweep her off of her feet.  The parents hadn’t planned on introducing their children so early in life but since they’re both gravitating toward the same program, they figure, why not!  I’ve never read a contemporary book about an arranged marriage before and I’m so excited to learn more about the tradition with a summer program for web developers as a setting! I’ve actually never screamed so much upon receiving an ARC.  My husband and brother were both overwhelmed by my enthusiasm and I had to excuse myself from conversation IMMEDIATELY so I could go photograph my new book<3

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.

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