“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
– Emily Brontë
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.
Goodreads Rating: 4.14
My Rating: 4.50
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This was such a fun, heart-melting read. It is the type of book that you just enjoy reading.
The main reason this book got my attention is that I am a total sucker for arranged and undeniable romance. I literally saw the word “arranged marriage” and automatically added it to my TBR. The hype surrounding this book was no help but I am glad to say that it did live up to my expectations (very surprisingly). I was so intrigued by that title as well. . . like who WOULDN’T want to know what happens after Dimple meets Rishi?
It tackled high school problems so bluntly for a book that isn’t even centered on high school. It was talked about in such a good and unique way that I found myself surprised because the writing style made it seem so simple. No underlying meaning to superficial words that would make other people think that they were talking about something else.
“I think they’re going to be like that no matter what. They’ll find a reason. If you smooth things over, it’ll be because they think you’re weak. If you don’t, it’ll be because their egos are hurt.”
RISHI!! Ohmahgoodness do I love this boy. Help me god because if this boy was real I would have married him already. There is just enough description and realism in his character for readers to imagine that he is real. Praise the writing style of this book because it was just that good. There were parts in the book that I would just pump my fists up because of how smooth Rishi is. With everything combined he is probably the main reason I gave this book 5 stars. Rishi is a fictional character but written so perfectly with a hint of reality to make you fall in love with him, even with all the clicheness going on.
Really the only thing that I didn’t like this book is how cliche the first part of the story was but I guess you can count that as building up to the plot. So, I guess that was pretty cool in the end. But, it still annoyed me to no end but I’m glad that I didn’t give up on this book because it picked up pretty quickly. The cliche of this book really just added to the factors that just made this book more romantic.
Dimple. Goodnesslord I was so annoyed of her at the second part of the book. After the competition? That was so irrational. I couldn’t overlook this flaw in her character. UGH.
BUT! There was also the character of Ashish on the second part of the book. . .
what was up with that? That was so random and out of nowhere and it really pulled down the book’s rating for me. I just couldn’t ignore it. It was just so random! I guess it was to solve the problem of the dance thing but even that conflict was so random. How certain scenes in the plot were just so cliche was what I didn’t like, so to say. (Though I love his character to be honest.)
In fairness, it did make all the cliche scenes more romantic and fangirl worthy. If only some scenes were edited, I easily would have made this 5 stars.
Other than that though, this book was UH-MAI-ZING. I went into this book with not much to expect and it really did surprise me.
Disclaimer: This review has not been edited whatsoever and I wrote this while reading the book itself and after reading it so please forgive me. Thank you.
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