WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHIAuthor: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
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.
Why do you write for younger audiences?Sandhya Menon: I think adolescence is when people become more and more aware of their place in the world. They’re looking around, trying to find other people like themselves. Books like WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI—I hope—will show teens like Dimple or Rishi, who aren’t part of the majority, that they’re not alone. There are others like them out there loving, laughing, and living their best lives.
Describe WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI in 10 words or less.Sandhya Menon: WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI is about family and love—and what happens when your family tries to make you fall in love.
Sandhya Menon was born and raised in India on a steady diet of Bollywood movies and street food. She pretty much blames this upbringing for her obsession with happily-ever-afters, bad dance moves, and pani puri.
She currently lives in Colorado in the United States, where she’s on a mission to (gently) coerce her husband and children to watch all 3,220 Bollywood movies she claims as her favorite.
Her YA novel WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI will be out on May 30, 2017 from Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster). You can preorder it on Amazon: http://bit.ly/wdmrhardcover or add it on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/dimplerishi
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