Dimple Shah is the YA Heroine I needed 10 years ago

My first piece for Book Riot talks about my favorite YA novel of 2017: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

When the reader meets Dimple at the start of the story, she’s over the moon about her acceptance to Stanford and eager to escape the pressure from her family and community to land an ideal husband. She has ambitions, and those ambitions matter to her much more than satisfying other people’s desire for her to get married.

I read the book in one sitting, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and eventually I was forced to admit to myself that I wished I had a book like this when I was in high school.

I loved this book so much for so many reasons, and I’m really looking forward to Menon’s next book, From Twinkle, With Love. There are a few other things I didn’t mention in this article for Book Riot — like the fact that I identify with Rishi far more than I identify with Dimple. (There’s a point at which people refuse to pronounce his name right, even after being corrected, which is an ongoing life struggle on this end.)

But I digress.

This was the first of my pieces for Book Riot, and I’m pretty excited about it! Head over to the article now and let me know what you think in the comments.


Published by Feliza

Feliza Casano is a writer and editor with a love of speculative fiction, graphic novels, and good books. She writes and edits at Girls in Capes (GirlsinCapes.com) and contributes to other websites on science fiction and fantasy topics.


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