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Waiting On Wednesday- When Dimple Met Rishi (Only the Most Exciting Book You Don’t Know About Yet)

top ten tuesday- 5-25-16.pngIt’s been a LONG time since I’ve done a Waiting On Wednesday post, which is especially problematic when you consider how many amazing releases are hitting shelves in 2017. I’ve highlighted quite a few selections recently in my Diversity Bingo TBR, as well as 5 Hottest Debuts posts, but wanted to take this opportunity to talk about one book in particular- When Dimple Met Rishi. I could not be more excited for this one, and am so thrilled for May 30th to arrive! It marks Sanhya Menon’s debut, and delivers a modern twist on the “arranged marriage” storyline. We follow two main characters, Dimple Shah, an aspiring web developer, and Rishi Patel, a hopeless romantic. Despite harboring an intense passion for computer science, Dimple’s mother instead urges her to find the “Ideal Indian Husband”. However Dimple finally see’s an end in sight when her parents support her decision to intend a career intensive summer camp. Or so she thinks. Instead, Dimple will meet Rishi. The aforementioned perfect suitor, whose been sent to the program with explicit directions to woo Dimple- his future wife. All orchestrated by their parents. How’s that for summer love? I’ve got my fingers quadruple crossed this one turns out to be as good as it sounds, and delivers on its promise of a laugh-out-loud, heartfelt romance. I really appreciate Menon going easy on the sap factor (at least in her blurb), and making this one seem like the rare contemporary that doesn’t deal so heavily with “issues”. Not that I mind a little depth of course, but sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and just enjoy a sweet story with a spicy side. However I do hope to walk away from Dimple and Rishi’s story much more knowledgeable about Indian culture. I’ve never read a book that featured even one main character of Indian heritage, so it’s very refreshing to see a story follow two families of that background. One of the things I’m most interested in learning about is how wedding customs continue to be practiced in the United States. I had no idea arranged marriages were still commonplace, yet obviously they are. It’s a perspective I’ve never thought of before, and can’t wait to have my eyes opened to. I’m also very interested in Dimple’s POV, as a young woman interested in computer science as well. With it being such a male dominated field I’ll definitely be watching to see if Menon creates a situation where Dimple will need to address that glass ceiling. I hope so, as few authors have taken that step (even in 2017) to empower girls in STEM. I shouldn’t be surprised though if Menon does exactly that, as she’s already proven herself to be an advocate for diversity in YA. In any case, be prepared to hear a lot more about this one in the coming months! It has a big punch to pack, and I fully intend to bear witness to it. Like I mentioned earlier, make sure you have a date with When Dimple Met Rishi May 30th, courtesy of Simon Pulse!

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