Dimple Shah lives and breathes coding. All her life, it’s been her dream to go to Insomnia Con, a six week summer intensive course in San Francisco where she’ll be able to develop her dream app and compete to get it looked at and possibly picked up for marketing by Jenny Lindt, coding prodigy and genius extraordinaire (and Dimple’s biggest hero). She doesn’t think Mamma and Papa will let her go – it doesn’t really match up with their plan for her to find the Ideal Indian Husband and settle down into happy domesticity – but they do. And she is absolutely ecstatic.
Until, on the first day, she meets her husband-to-be, Rishi Patel, the other half of an arranged marriage her parents have kept her in the dark about.
So, naturally, she throws her iced latte in his face and runs away as fast as she can. What’s a coder with big dreams that definitely don’t include marriage to do when her future is in jeopardy like that?
Rishi Patel lives for tradition. He loves his parents and does everything he can to please them – even it means giving up his dream of becoming a comic book artist and going to MIT for an engineering degree. Insomnia Con will look great on his resume – and give him a chance to get to know his future wife. But when their first meeting doesn’t go exactly as planned, he gives up on the engagement – Dimple clearly isn’t interested. At all. And never will be.
When Dimple and Rishi are matched up as partners to develop an app together, Dimple is livid. Of course stupid Rishi requested her. But the more they work together, the more it becomes apparent that their parents might have actually been on the right track. Dimple likes Rishi – a lot. He’s smart, talented, funny, flies his nerd flag with absolutely no reservations, and is totally gorgeous (which doesn’t matter, but still, it’s a nice perk). But how can they possibly be together when their futures are on two different coasts? Never mind the fact that it would mean Mamma and Papa were right (there is still no way Dimple is putting makeup on or growing her hair out).
This book! I loved it!! The perfect mix of smart girl meets smart boy, San Francisco, romance, friendship drama, Indian tradition and culture, a great old-meets-new clash, coding, Bollywood dancing, annoying little brothers who maybe aren’t as annoying, or little, as they may seem, and a zig-zagging path toward the future (is there any other kind?), this is perfect for anyone looking for a summer romance that’s equal parts froth, heart, and super smart. Add When Dimple Met Rishi to your vacation to-read list, and then prepare to fall in love. Check it out this summer!