Goodread’s Story Here: When Dimple Met Rishi
I mean who hasn’t read this book? It is everywhere and of course its been getting rave reviews. I have wavered from young adult contemporary over the last year but I am willing to make an exception for diverse reads. I find diverse young adult brings up a lot of issues that adult contemporary doesn’t. Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give being a prime example of truely explorative writing.
This book is diverse in the sense it follows a different culture and second generation Americans straddling the line between their parent’s expectations and the American culture they live in and belong to. This is a great book if youre looking for characters that aren’t the stereotypical white leads that have dominated YA from the start.
But that was the disappointment for me in a way. I wanted this book to really raise issues that it just didn’t. This is not a deep thinking life changing book. But why does it have to be? Because for me, when you take away the cultural tension all you’re left with is a very young reading, half baked romance. It has all the bad tropes of a YA romance (insta-love being the most annoying) with the most 2D characters. I just felt that the whole vook was flat and didn’t really have much to offer, even the writing seemed mediocre at most.
Thanks for reading 🙂