Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. Here at Completely Booked, this week’s pick for Waiting on Wednesday is:
Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Summary (From Goodreads): 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.
Thoughts: In Mindy Kaling’s autobiography Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), she talks about a world in which John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane” is instead about two other people, a Vietnamese girl and a Jewish boy who fall in love after meeting at an SAT prep course and getting into their top colleges. I bring this up because When Dimple Met Rishi reminds me of the answer to a problem that I’ve been dealing with in YA for a very long time: how do we tell stories that are so often told with white characters whose values are so different from those of people with marginalized identities. Arranged marriage is taboo in Western cultures. It has a sort of negative connotation because there’s this idea that if you don’t choose who you can be in love with, how can it be love (despite studies showing arranged marriages last longer and are often more successful in the long run than those that are not arranged). When Dimple Met Rishi seems to be tackling that head-on and showing a different side of it, framed as a romantic comedy, of all things. Usually arranged marriages seem to be a more dramatic thing where everyone is desperate to get out of it. In short, I need this book. I adore it just from the cover and the description and I hope it leads to more books just like it. That’s why I’m waiting on When Dimple Met Rishi this Wednesday (and until next year).
What books are you waiting on this Wednesday?