since i am stuck home and clearly not studying because i’ve decided to live in total denial of something called college, i spend most of my days reading books and/or talking about them. i also spend a lot of time on booktube, watching vlogs which are my favorite thing ever. so yeah, my life pretty much revolves about that for now.
about a month ago, Hodder & Stoughton sent me a digital ARC of 10 Things I Hate About Pinky, by sandhya menon, which is actually the third book in the Dimple and Rishi series. so i decided to acquire, read, and write a post about me reading the whole series. i wanted to have the full experience (if you know what i mean), plus sandhya menon is an author i have heard about for a while now and i wanted to try her books!
so, without further rambling, let’s go!!
When Dimple Met Rishi
When Dimple Met Rishi (Dimple & Rishi #1), by Sandhya Menon
Published July 13th 2017 by Hodder Paperbacks (first published May 30th 2017)
Genre: YA Romance, Contemporary, Rom-com
Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech-world domination.
He’s rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she’s got other plans…
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 Dimple Met Rishi is one of the cutest books i have read this year, filled with cute moments and telling the story of a blooming romance between two teenagers in a way that will make you squeal with happiness.
what i liked:
- the romance was very very cute. i really loved seeing the characters come together and struggle to find their ways to each other. had a blast.
- the writing style was surprisingly very good for a debut. it didn’t feel repetitive; in fact i found the book to be very well written yet simple and easily understandable
- i loved the family dynamics, whether it be dimple’s family or rishi’s. i also loved how each family worked through their problems and solved them.
- dimple’s character development was a+. she actually is very annoying in the middle-ish of the book -which i understand why it bugged people- but it did not bother me because i knew she would eventually learn from that. or maybe i just kept in mind that she’s a teenager and teens are dumb sometimes.
what i did not like:
- i wish we got more of the competition that dimple originally came to the summer program for. i understand that the book is more centered around the romance, but i felt like this is an aspect that could’ve made the book much better. throughout the book, dimple says multiple times that she likes coding, however…that’s it. we don’t really see much except her talking about it. we don’t see a lot of her actually coding, or preparing for the competition, which, in my opinion, could’ve made the plot more…vivid. instead, it’s something in the background for the romance to be more on the front, which i don’t mind most of the time. but this point goes with my next one which is…
- plot. i enjoyed the first half of it, a lot. but i found that the second half wasn’t as great. it dragged until the last 60 pages, and at that point i was not as invested into the book as i had been at first.
but! the book is still one i enjoyed very much, and these aspects didn’t really hinder my experience with the book! i still would recommend it if you’re looking for a light, cute read and some serotonin boost.
There’s Something About Sweetie
There’s Something About Sweetie (Dimple and Rishi #2), by Sandhya Menon
Published May 31st 2019 by Hodder Paperbacks (first published May 14th 2019)
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary, Rom-com
Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After he’s dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.
The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?
Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.
Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.
Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?
There’s Something About Sweetie hit me when i least expected it; it was a fluffy, sweet, cute and overall adorable read and i was squealing with delight and beaming with happiness when i was done, quickly climbing into my list of favorite books of the year.
what i liked:
- the story sets a cast of characters that are complex, realistic, flawed, and certainly ADORKABLE. i seriously considered looking up how to hug a fictional character. it also struck me how well they developped and how real they felt. their chemistry was honestly a++.
- the romance flourished in such a cute way it had me beaming. the two main characters’ interactions were so…sweet. they were also super understanding towards each other. and the trope were one of the characters doesn’t realize they’re falling in love until they’ve fallen in love? one of my absolute favorites in the universe?
- the author’s writing has improved, and i could see that espcially since i read this book right after When Dimple Met Rishi. i know this is a natural thing, but i really appreciate sandhya menon’s writing now. i don’t know how to explain it but it feels like someone is talking to you…? i loved it.
what i didn’t like:
- it did took me a while to get into this book. i don’t know why, but i wasn’t…addicted. this isn’t something i’m really complaining about though. it’s just that i expected it to be a tiny little bit more gripping.
in conlusion, There’s Something About Sweetie is not only a wonderful addition to the first novel, but also a great book in itself. i am glad i read it, and i highly recommend it!
10 Things I Hate About Pinky
i was sent a digital ARC of this book through netgalley in exchange of an honest review. this doesn’t affect my thoughts in any way.
10 Things I Hate About Pinky (Dimple and Rishi #3), by Sandhya Menon
Expected Publication: July 21st, 2020 by Hodder Paperbacks
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Rom-Com
The follow-up to When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something about Sweetie follows Pinky and Samir as they pretend to date—with disastrous and hilarious results.
Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. From raccoon hospitals to persecuted rock stars, no cause is too esoteric for her to champion. But a teeny-tiny part of her also really enjoys making her conservative, buttoned-up corporate lawyer parents cringe.
Samir Jha might have a few . . . quirks remaining from the time he had to take care of his sick mother, like the endless lists he makes in his planner and the way he schedules every minute of every day, but those are good things. They make life predictable and steady.
Pinky loves lazy summers at her parents’ Cape Cod lake house, but after listening to them harangue her about the poor decisions (aka boyfriends) she’s made, she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy, Samir—who is a total Harvard-bound Mama’s boy—to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer. As they bicker their way through lighthouses and butterfly habitats, sparks fly, and they both realize this will be a summer they’ll never forget.
i am now pretty sure i am absolute trash for pinky and samir, and their angsty yet extremely passionate love story. i am in love with it, with every fiber of my body. i felt anger and love and sadness with the characters, and i have no words to express how much i enjoyed the pain.
obviously, i loved everything about this book, but here’s what stood out:
- the angst, GOD THE ANGST WAS UNBELIEVABLE. i have never felt so eager for two characters to kiss like i have felt it for these characters in such a long time. i have fought the urge to just push their heads together. their chemistry was just a+. they made me feel all kinds of intense feelings, from anger to joy to sadness, and i adored every second of it. also, the fake-dating trope? never disappoints.
- speaking of characters, they were not only adorable and precious, but also very passionate and flawed. oh so very flawed. and it’s what made them very human in my eyes. they were so annoyingly teenagers, and i was living for that. they also had great character development in my opinion, and i loved seeing them grow.
- sandhya menon’s writing improved yet again. after reading three of her books, i can safely say that i absolutely love how this author just keeps improving and giving us better and better content. the writing of 10 Things I Hate About Pinky was even better than her previous books in this series; it was so easy to get into, simple and effective, and i just loved it.
- i liked how the book actually handles its issues. in many books, issues are put out there but not really solved? and i just hate that. but 10 Things I Hate About Pinky finds a solution to every single one of them (at least there isn’t an unsolved issue in my memory).
it’s safe to say now that 10 Things I Hate About Pinky is now one of my favorite reads of the year. i have no words to express how in love i am with this story and its characters.
so yeah! that was my experience reading the books! i don’t know if you have noticed, but i wrote review as i went through the series, so this is like a live-not-really-live experience of what were my thoughts while reading the books.