My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I struggled with this rating, and here’s why: Dimple is not my fav. Rishi is adorable. How to marry the love/hate I have with the book, when actually, it’s more like like/dislike.
-The premise. Two Indian teenagers with very different plans for life, and outlooks on tradition. Dimple hates make-up and has no interest in getting married. Rishi is a dutiful son who respects his parents, and just wants to get married. To Dimple. Though they’ve never met. But their parents have, and it’s they who plant the idea in Rishi’s head to get together with Dimple during Insomnia Con—some kind of coding/ap convention. Too bad Dimple has no idea this goofy stranger has already planned their lives together…
-Rishi. Like I said, he is adorable. It’s sweet to see a young man not be obsessed with sex, or be the same, tired old cliché. He was sensitive, romantic, gentle. Honey-colored eyes. And artistic. Hello? Yes, please.
-The little snippets we get of Rishi’s art and the comic convention was neat. Wish there’d been more of it. I’m not a comic-lover (mostly because I’m clueless about it all) so it would have been nice to learn more here.
-the Indian culture, in large doses, in small doses, just throughout the book. I have always admired Indian culture, food, clothing, dance, etc so it was wonderful to learn more and have it be from the main characters POV.
-Dimple? I don’t know. She’s kind of meh for me. Yes, I liked that she was smart, geeky, and wore glasses. Liked that she was a good friend to Celia. Liked that she got over herself and got her head out of her ass to be with Rishi. But. Why. Was. She. So. Rude. She’s just abrasive in general. And the whole “domestic” meltdown at the end didn’t feel realistic.
-Stop punching Rishi. Stop thinking you’d like to bite his nose? Ew. If this was a boy hitting a girl would it be cute?
-A little draggy in parts. I also felt like the structure was off in the plot, or the pacing. Like, they are hooked up very early in the book. Where’s the conflict exactly?
-Ending was super rushed. Also contest and all that done in like, two seconds. When did they have time to work on this project?
-Rich kid hate. Yawn.
-Did not buy the hook-up between C & A. At all.
-The dual POV. Yes, I like a dual POV in general. But why every other paragraph practically? It was distracting and kept me head-hopping the whole book. I wish the author had done every other chapter instead.
Despite the issues I found, I would read it again. It was enjoyable overall and a quick, easy read. I’d definitely read more work by this author.