This was on my TBR for a while before I finally decided to dive into it for #Booktubeathon 2017 which ran from July 24th-July 30th. This was the second book I completed for #Booktubeathon2017. I chose this one as the “Read a hyped book” challenge.
This was on my TBR for a while before I finally decided to dive into it for #Booktubeathon 2017.
I listened to the audio book version of this-read by Sneha Mathan (Dimple) and Vikas Adam (Rishi). I listened to this over the course of two days interspersed with other reads. This was the first audio book I have ever listened to that featured two narrators and it was refreshing. I think they both did an excellent job in the narrating, but Adam at times when saying the chapter starter perspective of “Rishi” said the name with such flair and reverence that I laughed out loud a few times. He said “Rishi” the same way I would imaging Watson saying “Sherlock” or “Holmes”.
Regardless, the book itself was…okay. *Unpopular opinion I know! Deal with it!*
This book was super hyped up and I felt it was highly disappointing.
What did work: I loved that Dimple was a strong voiced young woman who was into computer coding. I loved that Rishi was a guy that didn’t care about being popular and enjoyed drawing. I liked that they not only worked on their summer campus project together, but that they also did a dance. These characters were not one note caricatures, they had more than one interest and talent and I feel that is not something that is usually explored a lot. It seems like characters for the most part only have one strong hobby/skill/defining characteristic about them and that’s all. I was familiar with some of the terminology as my hubby and I love Indian cuisine.
What didn’t work: Their relationship. It felt off. She hit him a lot and I’m sorry not sorry, but that got old really fast. (Imagine the uproar if it was a male character that kept hitting a female character!) I felt it was overly hyped and again, sorry not sorry, but I didn’t find it laugh out loud funny…or really funny at all. She threw fricken coffee on him! That’s not that funny. I don’t know. I just didn’t care about the characters or the side characters all that much. *shrug*
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.” 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. 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?