By Sandhya Menon
Rating: ☕ ☕
Review: So I’m pretty late with this book, but I remember when it first came out how excited I was to finally see an Indian as the main character in a YA book. Then came all the negative reviews…so I was a little disappointed that Sandhya wrote some things the way that she did (more on this later). Because some of the people whose opinions I trust most gave this book only 1 or 2 stars, I was hesitant to pick it up myself.
When I finally got around to it, I’m sad to say that I have to agree with the majority: this book wasn’t great. If it wasn’t for the fact that the two main characters are Indian, I probably wouldn’t have “liked” it as much.
I cannot stand Dimple. She is one of the most aggravating characters I’ve ever seen in literature. She is ungrateful, whiny, selfish, and doesn’t think things through. I was always horrified at the way she treated her parents, especially her mom, and I don’t understand why her first thought was to throw her ice tea at Rishi…? Could she really think of nothing else but to throw a beverage at someone, let alone someone who was trying to make a joke? And don’t get me started with her whole, “Oh wow, I love him! But wait…if I fall in love, I’ll have to be a housewife and give up my career! No wait, I can sort this out! But…I don’t want to get married!” LOL, she’s barely known the guy for a month and she’s worried about marriage already.
I liked Rishi a lot at first. He was patient and understanding with Dimple, even though literally any other person on the planet would struggle with her immaturity. However, after a while, it was obvious that Rishi and Dimple’s relationship isn’t healthy. He’s constantly worried about upsetting her, always blames himself when she’s moody yet again, and bends over backwards to make Dimple’s life easier while she remains completely ignorant (not to mention, sometimes ungrateful) for what he does. I cringe every time Dimple says some shit to hurt Rishi and doesn’t try to explain what she meant (even though it’s very obvious whatever she did/said hurt Rishi).
Speaking of cringing, this book had a lot of cheesiness. It was cute at first, but it got annoying once Dimple and Rishi got together. I didn’t record the cheesy parts, but the middle of the book onward is basically a cringe fest. I think I vomited at one point.
One of the things I liked about this book was that at least Celia didn’t betray Dimple: I thought that Celia would somehow sabotage Dimple’s chances of winning somehow, especially since Evan wanted to win. But the whole thing with Ashish was so odd? Anyways, the plot didn’t go where I was expecting it to go, so that was nice. The ending wasn’t predictable either.
Dimple only has like, 1 friend (Celia), and it’s pretty obvious why. When she’s not salivating over that woman whose name I forget, she’s slut shaming women, including Celia. She’s always says shit like, “That dress barely covers her butt!” “Isabelle [is this even her name lol] would probably eat a carb for that”, goes on about how she’s so different from other girls because she’s in the STEM field, etc, you get the gist. It was unfortunate to read this from an author like Sandhya. And when she’s not slut shaming women, she’s complaining about her life, her parents, her colleagues at Insomnia Con, etc.
All of that being said, I was able to get an ARC of Sandhya’s upcoming book, From Twinkle, With Love, and it’s fantastic; it’s waaay better than WDMR, so I definitely recommend checking out that book when it releases. I’m glad I read FTWL before WDMR.
Anyways, university has started for me again and I’ll be busy for a while, so there probably won’t be posts here for some time. Happy Spring!