Dimple. Strong headed, career oriented, and fierce. A girl who aims to pursue her dreams. A techie at heart (coding actually), plans to attend Stanford, and escape her parents traditional Indian ways.
Rishi. The obedient son belonging to a rich Indian family. He wants to make his parents proud by eventually pursuing an engineering degree at MIT. A hopeless romantic at heart, with a belief in the traditional Indian ways.
Dimple wants to go to ‘Insomnia Con’ for the summer, which is a fabulous opportunity for her to learn from the biggest names in web development. Much to her surprise, her parents agree to let her spend the summer there.
As it turns out, they agreed to this, because their good friends ‘The Patels’, will be sending their son, Rishi there too. Both parents are hoping that their kids will hit it off and of course, eventually get married.
The story focuses on the relationship between Dimple and Rishi, who could not be more different from one another. But their interaction is nothing short of amusing and entertaining for the readers.
Rishi tries to sweep Dimple off her feet with his romantic gestures, which at times seemed a bit over the top. But nonetheless endearing.
Meanwhile we see Dimple pursue her ambition to win the competition at ‘Insomnia Con’. She is driven and competitive, which I admire quite a bit! Dimple doesn’t want to be termed ‘domestic’. She wants to make life changing applications, yet her mother insists, that she wear makeup, and look the ‘part’ so she can get married and get an ‘Ideal Indian Husband’.
It is interesting to see the arranged marriage theme explored with first generation Indian American teens. I have not come across many books, in the YA category with this theme. It is done in a light humorous way, which is enjoyable to read.
I felt the ending was a bit rushed and left something to be desired. However, this book is an easy read with entertaining dialogues and fast paced writing. It is not a book that will make you question, or think about complex issues. But it’s not meant to, It is a light-hearted story with some good young romcom.
I’ll leave you with my favorite quotes from the book.
“This is our life. We get to decide the rules. We get to say what goes and what stays, what matters and what doesn’t.”
“She refused to be one of those girls who gave up on everything they’d been planning simply because a boy entered the picture.”
“There was something about people who were that secure; they made you feel better about yourself, like they accepted you for everything you were, imperfections and all.”