When Dimple Met Rishi


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!


Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet


Overall Rating: ☕ ☕ ☕


Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno: ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕

There’s something about this story that made me really like it, though I can’t pinpoint what it is. It was a great start to this book.

(LGBQT) Print Shop by Nina Lacour: ☕ ☕ ☕
Some parts were interesting, other parts went by slowly.

Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi: ☕ ☕
There were many aspects of the story that were brilliant, but I don’t think the author tied them together very well.

Click by Katharine McGee: ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕
I have no complaints. I loved Alexa and Raden. I love Raden’s name. What kind of sacrifice do I have to offer to Katharine to make this a longer story?

The Intern by Sara Shepard: ☕ ☕
There was nothing that really stood out in the story for me.

(LGBQT) Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo: ☕ ☕
A nice “plot twist” but overall it was average.

The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton: ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕
I was intrigued from the very beginning, and by the end, my heart was hurting. It didn’t go where I expected it to go, and I really wish this story was longer.

(LGBQT) Oomph by Emery Lord: ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕
This was adorable, and the ending made me really happy! This story is made up of pure happiness. :’)

The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout: ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕
A cliche story, but cute nonetheless. I was strangely reminded of Twilight, but without any of the vampires.

The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies: ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕
Probably my favorite story in the book. I smiled from the beginning to the end, and I actually think it was the perfect length.

259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan: ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕
A little quirky, but adorable too. It was another one of those stories where you think you know where it’s headed but it does a 180.

(LGBQT) Something Real by Julie Murphy: ☕ ☕
Besides the diversity in this story, it was average.

Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick: ☕ ☕
There was nothing that really stood out to be in this story; nothing bad, but nothing good either.

The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon: ☕ ☕ ☕
This was an interesting concept, and something I’ve never seen before. I also really liked the ending, and the words exchanged between the two characters.

Red Queen


By Victoria Aveyard

Rating: ☕ ☕

Review/rant: I was so, so let down by this book. There is a plethora of positive reviews surrounding this book, and I haven’t met a single person who doesn’t like this book. I got this book during the summer but I never quite got around to it because I wanted to read it when I wasn’t busy — I was convinced that I was going to adore this book, and therefore wanted to read it only when I could fully dedicate time towards it. So, I found time when I wasn’t busy and sat down to read this book.

The beginning was boring, but I figured, hey, this was probably one of those books that are slow in the beginning but pick up after a couple of chapters, right? Wrong. I read 63% of it before I couldn’t take it any longer. I even tried switching over to the audiobook because I was convinced that one couldn’t just simply not like Red Queen.

I found the story to be bland. There was no motivation on my part to find out what happens. I actually don’t even remember what the plot was about anymore — a really bad sign. But I do remember thinking that I really didn’t care how the society in this world ended up

Mare is insufferable. I get that she’s an anti-hero character, and that we’re not supposed to like her, but surely you’re not supposed to hate the main character this much? Also, why was there an italicized word on almost every page? The whole love triangle thing between the two brothers was so odd and frankly, disgusting. Mare was engaged to the younger brother (lol I’m forgetting their names too now, can you tell how much I enjoyed this book?) but was basically emotionally cheating with Cal. And how could Cal let himself do this, when he clearly adores and respects his younger brother?

I ultimately put the book down and read the summaries of the rest of the books, and wasn’t impressed in the least, so I’m glad I decided to drop the series early.

All of that being said, the book was unique and I liked the idea of an anti-hero being the main character (though I may be a bit biased here since the main character in my book is also an anti-hero…), and the names of the characters in this book were really cool, even if I can’t remember all of them (heh). I also tended to address Mare Barrow and Bone Marrow in my head…not quite sure why.

Love, Hate, & Other Filters


By Samira Ahmed

Rating: ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕

ReviewAnd for those who bear the brunt of hate because of the color of their skin, or the sound of their name, or the scarf on their head, or the person they love; for those who are spat upon, for those who are told to “go home” when they are home: you are known. You are loved. You are enough. Let your light shine.

I didn’t think it was possible to love a book when you’re only on page 2, yet here we are. Once again, it was great to be able to see myself in a book, even if only certain parts of the book were personally relatable to me.

This book didn’t go where I expected it to: I imagined that there would be a heavy focus on Islamophobia, but it was only addressed in detail towards the end of the book. The other parts of the book were more focused on romance. I suppose the author’s main reason for writing the book in this way was to illustrate that Maya was a regular teenager trying to balance her wishes and with her parents’, who has a crush on a boy and wonders whether it will work out; though her skin color and the religion she practices may be different from the “stereotypical” American high school student, she nevertheless faces the same struggles.

This book was hilarious and heartbreaking; I found myself laughing at the antics of her parents, at the comments exchanged between Maya and Kareem, at the irony of the Indian culture. But my heart also broke for her when she was facing hate for the religion she practices, when she truly felt hopeless and tried so hard to find a way that will satisfy everybody, and especially at the talk of her parents immigrating to the US with nothing but unrelenting determination to do well in this country.

All of that being said, there were some things that kept me from giving this book 5 stars:

  • Maya’s lack of friends. She really only has one friend, though I will admit that her friendship with Violet is very strong. I just found it a little odd that she didn’t have other friends.
  • It was unclear whether Phil broke up with Lisa before Spring break, when Maya and Phil spent excessive time together. I was always wondering if Phil was emotionally cheating, and so I couldn’t jump on board and support them.
  • Again, I thought there would have been a larger emphasis on Islamophobia, but because I’m not Muslim myself, I can’t determine whether this book did a satisfactory job on handling that topic.

Favorite Quotes“They are ready to take their positions. And only an hour behind schedule, which is basically on time for an Indian wedding.”

“She gives me the Indian bobblehead waggle that could literally mean anything: yes, no, why, what’s up, maybe, carry on.”

“Great. The weather’s actually supposed to be hot next week. We should take advantage of global warming while we can.”

“He’s five minutes early. How un-Indian of him.”

ANYWAYS GO READ THIS BOOK. see ya in like another month maybe lol

From Twinkle, With Love


By the Queen of YA Sandya Menon

Rating: ☕️ ☕️ ☕️ ☕️ ☕️

Synopsis: Twinkle Mehra is an aspiring filmmaker, and hopes that people would one day stop brushing her aside and listen to what she has to say. She wants to make movies that will inspire change in the world. She gets the opportunity to make that kind of movie with Sahil Roy, the twin brother of her crush, Neil. What started out as an innocent plan to make a kick-ass movie for their school soon turns into Twinkle’s own love story, with twists and turns along the way.

Review: I loved Twinkle from the moment I read the first few sentences. Reading this book felt like looking back at 12 year old me (I, too, scribbled in my diary while I was supposed to be paying attention in class.,,), and as a Desi girl myself, it is so cool to see a Desi main character. And the fact that Twinkle is dark-skinned and accepts herself despite the fact that Indians prioritize lighter skin? Perfect.


  • “Wait. I could buy you that coffee?” he said, pivoting to see me. “Um, if you want?”
  • Twinkle: “You remember that?”
    Sahil, rubbing the back of his neck: “I mean, yeah. It seemed important to you, so.”


  • The fact that Twinkle is into films and actually knows a substantial amount about the film industry *cough cough*
  • DADI; she is the cutest fictional character ever, and I got major Phoebe Buffay vibes from her. Her dedication to showing Twinkle she is loved despite whatever she thinks warms my heart
  • It was obvious who N was, but Twinkle’s antics in over-analyzing everything saved me from boredom on that part
  • Also Twinkle’s antics in general; she’s so hilarious, I laughed so much while reading her diary
  • I love how the fights and arguments in this book aren’t elementary, and Twinkle herself acknowledges when she’s done something she shouldn’t have. There weren’t any moments where I was like, “Oh come ON, this is so ridiculous!” and it’s refreshing to have a YA main character who is able to learn from her mistakes and tries her best to rectify her mistakes
  • The amount of diversity in this book. There’s a hilarious part in the book when Twinkle is basically like, “Yeah, there’s a black kid who goes to my school. Ever heard of diversity?”
  • I can’t give too much away about the diversity part because it’ll spoil stuff but just believe me when I say it has a lot of diversity ok
  • Every moment Twinkle shares with Sahil (SAH-hil). That boy is the human embodiment of sunshine, and I lowkey want to steal him from Twinkle.
  • Twinkle’s life is actually realistic; she’s not out and about during odd times of the night, and there were many times where I could relate to her struggles (Indian girl problems, man)
  • Even though Twinkle does eventually go on to find love, friendship isn’t brushed aside
  • In fact, I really loved how the author emphasized the importance of friendship and having true friends around you
  • Okay never mind, I loved the entire book and finished it in less than a day, I can’t possibly write everything that I loved (we’d be here for days)
  • I’m glad I started off 2018 with this gem of a book

From Twinkle, With Love is set to be released on June 5, 2018, so make sure to go read it when it comes out because you won’t regret it!!!

also sandhya is the most lovable creature to ever exist, i still think about the time i got to meet her and nearly passed out 


Top 5 Favorite Books of 2017


I can’t believe I read 96 books this year. That’s more than the last 6 years combined. And I hinted to my mom that I had read that many books this year, and she nearly fainted. But enough talk about my mom; I read a lot of good books this year, and plenty of terrible ones (let’s not dwell on this for long, my blood pressure quickly elevates when I think about some of the horrifying books I had the misfortune of encountering).

2017 was basically a year of me playing catch-up. For the past 6 years, I hadn’t been reading actively, despite the fact that I used to be a bookworm for as long as I could remember; therefore, I didn’t really read a lot of 2017 releases. I did, however, read the hyped up YA books, which didn’t disappoint (most of them, anyway).

In no particular order, here are the top 5 books that I enjoyed reading most this past year:

  • Remembrance – Meg Cabot (which actually was released in 2017!)
    • My favorite childhood series being continued = happy me. I can only remember the day when Meg announced that The Mediator series was getting expanded, and this book didn’t disappoint in the least. I read this in a day, and I highly recommend checking out The Mediator series.
  • ACOTAR series – Sarah J. Maas
    • Rhys. Cassian. Azriel. Need I say more? I may or may not have re-read ACOMAF and ACOWAR more times that I want to admit. I read all three books in the same month.
  • Trial of Apollo series – Rick Riordan
    • I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much while reading a book, and I love little Lester, er, I mean Apollo. 😉
  • An Ember in the Ashes series – Sabaa Tahir
    • I didn’t walk into this book with a lot of expectations but I was completely blown away at how good this book is. I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book.
  • The Infernal Devices series – Cassandra Clare
    • Let’s not dwell on this too long, or I shall be bawling soon. Where can I find myself a Will Herondale?? And a Jem Carstairs?

But of course, me being me, couldn’t really decide on only five, so here are a few honorable mentions!

  • Throne of Glass series – Sarah J. Maas
    • The first book was terrible, and I’m liking the series less ever since Empire of Storms, but this is the series that birthed Manon Blackbeak, my second-favorite all-time book character ever, so I couldn’t not include this book in my list.
  • Three Sides of a Heart – Various Authors
    • This was a much better anthology than Because You Love to Hate Me, and some of the stories in here have become a treasure to me. ❤
  • The Heroes of Olympus series – Rick Riordan
    • Percy will always be my book crush, and Rick Riordan is hilarious. Also, Leo is my precious little baby boy. The ending of the series was very anticlimactic, though.
  • The Wrath and The Dawn Duology – Renee Ahdieh
    • I remember staying up until like 5am to finish this.

I doubt I’ll be able to get to these many books next year since I’m taking a heavier load of university classes, but here’s to hoping that I’ll actually read books that will be published in 2018. Hope you had a merry Christmas, and happy early new year! 🙂

The Sun and Her Flowers


By Rupi Kaur

Rating: ☕️ ☕️ ☕️ ☕️

Review: I read Milk and Honey some time ago idk when and I’m too lazy to go check and thought it was great, watched her Ted Talk, etc, so I had high hopes when picking this one up. It was good, hence the rating, but I think I liked Milk and Honey a bit more.

There were some parts that really hit home, especially since being a Desi myself, I understood exactly what she was meant when she mentioned her parents, immigration, sacrifice, etc. Her poems regarding her parents made me put the book down and go hug my mom because I was reminded of how much my she, just like Kaur’s parents, sacrificed to ensure I’d have a more enjoyable life.

However, this time I thought the poems fell a little short, and I’m not sure if I was imagining it but I thought I’d read some of the poems in her book already. Did she include some of the poems from Milk and Honey, because I swear I’d already read some of them before. But anyways, even though I wasn’t as impressed with The Sun and Her Flowers, I think it’s great that she’s doing well, and I look forward to reading her future poems.

And again, I recommend checking out her Ted Talk, because it’s fantastic.

Link: Her Ted Talk