Mini Reviews: When Dimple Met Rishi, It Started With Goodbye, and Letters to the Lost

Posted July 20, 2017 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 6 Comments Tags: ,

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I received this book for free from ALAMW in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Reviews: When Dimple Met Rishi, It Started With Goodbye, and Letters to the LostWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Published by Simon Pulse on May 30th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Diversity
Pages: 380
Format: ARC
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four-stars

A New York Times bestseller
The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.
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.

When everybody says this is the perfect book when you’re in the mood for a rom-com, it’s no joke. This is a seriously cute book about two teens meeting under a misunderstanding and is full of so many situations you might think of when thinking of a teen romance movie. And as someone who loves teen rom-coms, that’s a good thing. It did take me a little bit to actually get into the book because I was a big fan of Dimple and her ideas on her future and goals she had for herself and how she wanted to live her life but it took a little bit longer for me to warm up to Rishi. I just didn’t love him at first or how he approached Dimple and his future and mostly how he seemed to ignore Dimple and her wants in regards to the relationship. Though Dimple wasn’t completely honest with herself or Rishi either, which I didn’t love but is also what lead to the complications later in the story. So I understand the problems arose from their differences and their attraction but I just didn’t love that part of it. It was definitely interesting reading a book about a different culture but I, of course, can’t comment in terms of how accurate of a representation it might be. I loved the perspective and how it insanely interesting, though.  Overall, this book is super cute and perfect for a fun summer romance.

 

I received this book for free from ALAMW in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Reviews: When Dimple Met Rishi, It Started With Goodbye, and Letters to the LostIt Started With Goodbye by Christina June
Published by Blink/HarperCollins on May 9th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Retelling
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
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three-stars

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

This one is a cute, modern retelling of Cinderella. I enjoyed it for the most part and it was a really fast read but it just wasn’t very deep and everything wrapped up very nicely and quickly. I wanted to feel so much more from the MC and all I really got was her frustrations from living with her strict step-mother over the summer. If it hadn’t been for Blanche, her step-mother’s mother, I’m not sure the MC really would have changed at all over the summer. She told us that she’d changed by the end of summer but with everything happening so quickly in the end, we don’t really get to see it. And I would have liked for the chance to see some real development from her over the course of the book and know more about her struggles because a lot of it just seemed to touch the surface and therefore made her seem a bit spoiled instead of truly mistreated. So I was a little disappointed. But if what you’re looking for is a cute, updated, and quick fairy tale retelling, this one definitely fits the bill.

 

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Mini Reviews: When Dimple Met Rishi, It Started With Goodbye, and Letters to the LostLetters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on April 4th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Death & Dying
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
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five-stars

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.
Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

I’m so glad I finally picked this one up. I’ve been seeing a lot of love for it but really didn’t know what to expect. I haven’t read anything by Kemmerer before but I think that’s going to have to change. I picked this one up finally because I wasn’t really into my current read and ended up finishing this 400 page book on the same day. And that’s saying something for me. I just could not put it down. I feel hard for Juliet and Declan and their pain and their connection. It definitely felt a lot like You’ve Got Mail and Sarah Dessen had a baby and it was this book. I loved it and I hope you’ll give it a chance as well. But maybe make sure you have some tissues nearby because the emotions in this book are real.

6 Responses to “Mini Reviews: When Dimple Met Rishi, It Started With Goodbye, and Letters to the Lost”

  1. So glad t ohear that you ended up loving When Dimple Met Rishi. That is one that I’m really excited about. I bought it recently but haven’t made the time to pick it up in between ARCs. I over-requested ARCs a couple months ago and I’ve been playing catch up. lol! Great mini reviews!
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  2. Stacy

    I recently read When Dimple Met Rishi and it is the perfect summer read. I am not normally a fan of rom-coms, teen or otherwise, and I am surprised by how much I loved the book. I was actually a little disappointed the book didn’t talk more about coding, but I loved Dimple from the beginning so I can overlook that. I am definitely going to pick up Letters to the Lost now, thanks for the review.

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