Another fluffy contemporary, how rare in the M world. This one comes with a twist. This novel is about Dimple, an Indian-American incoming Stanford freshman, who desperately wants to go this web development program called Insomnia Con. Her parents are very conservative and instead wish for her to get married, but allow her to go with minimal conflict. When Dimple arrives in San Francisco and believes she’s out to live her dream to meet her inspiration in app development, she is shocked and disappointed to find out that she was in fact set up to meet her “future husband” Rishi. Dimple wants nothing to do with her arranged meeting, but is forced to be near his presences as he is in the same program, and her partner. Things start to flicker and spark, and they actually fall in love.
I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand I love the fact there is Hindi transliteration sprinkled throughout, it is such a unique and very heartwarming thing to see. The other part of me feels very hesitant about how this portrays South Asian culture. This is a contemporary romance where you aren’t really supposed to take everything too seriously; it is purely there as a feel-good read. Though I can’t help but notice the way the family dynamic was presented. Menon chose to portray it as a story that could be featured as a Bollywood drama. It was entertaining. Personally, I’d take those dramatic moments that were present to sometimes debunk stereotypes present about the community and not encourage them. Then again, I don’t have a NYT best selling book out, so she must have done something right.