Rating – 3 stars
Date Finished – June 3, 2017
48/120 in 2017
This sweet little YA novel was really fun! I really appreciated the way that these two young Indian American adults approached their relationship (after a rocky start), and negotiated questions of identity, family pressure, and pursuing their dreams (together and separately). I would highly recommend this as a great example of a feminist teen romance – all the heart eyes emojis.
All that said, the different perspectives thing is getting a little tired for me. I think this would have been a MUCH stronger novel if it was told all from Dimple’s POV. Her relationship with her mother, her identity as a first generation Indian American kid, her interest in coding and working in the tech industry, and her first romantic relationship make for plenty to explore, and I wish that we could have heard the whole story from her. I loved Rishi, but I wanted this to be a book about Dimple.
Great summer read for anyone, but it would be an especially great fit for a lil’ budding feminist STEM kid!