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text 2019-01-11 19:42
Reading progress update: I've listened 653 out of 653 minutes.
When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon,Vikas Adam,Sneha Mathan

Aww. My first time with the audiobook, second time with the book in general. Dimple and Rishi are still a cute couple.

 

I felt pretty much the same way during the second time as the first. Similar complaints: All that drama near the end was frustrating, especially considering how well Dimple and Rishi had meshed up to that point. And I still think it would have been nice to have seen them interacting more with Insomnia Con attendees other than Celia and the Aberzombies. Also, Dimple and Rishi spent so little time working on Dimple's app idea on-page that it was easy to forget that it was supposed to be the final Insomnia Con product - they spent more on-page time practicing their dance for the extra points.

 

But Rishi was sweet, and I loved Dimple's enthusiasm for her app in particular and coding in general, even as I winced at her occasional naivete (

no matter how hard she worked on her app, no matter how good it was, it wouldn't have changed the final Insomnia Con decision).

(spoiler show)

 

Sneha Mathan's narration of Dimple's sections appealed to me immediately - she did a wonderful job portraying Dimple's emotions, particularly when Dimple was feeling awkward or uncertain. There was only one line that didn't feel quite right to me, but it was said by a minor character, so it wasn't a huge deal. Vikas Adam's narration of Rishi's sections took longer to grow on me. I liked him a lot as Rishi, but his narration for some of the other male characters, particularly Ashish, took some getting used to.

 

From Twinkle, With Love's epistolary format makes me reluctant to try it, but I'm very much looking forward to There's Something About Sweetie.

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text 2019-01-08 23:51
Reading progress update: I've listened 468 out of 653 minutes.
When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon,Vikas Adam,Sneha Mathan

Okay, now that I've gotten to the stuff about Ashish's secret, I've decided I'm fine with Ashish being paired with Sweetie. I had forgotten that

Ashish and Celia barely knew each other and that Ashish was more emotionally invested than Celia.

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text 2019-01-08 23:11
Reading progress update: I've listened 443 out of 653 minutes.
When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon,Vikas Adam,Sneha Mathan

I just got to the bit where Dimple is doing the thing she thinks is best for Rishi

(ugh, I know it turned out okay, but I still think she shouldn't have done it). Can you imagine what it would be like for someone to email your idol without telling you, attaching photos of artwork you haven't given permission for others to see, and including your email address so your idol can respond (or not)? And your email address is based on the name of your idol's best-known creation. I'm cringing, even knowing how it turns out.

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text 2019-01-07 20:38
Reading progress update: I've listened 194 out of 653 minutes.
When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon,Vikas Adam,Sneha Mathan

[Oops, it occurred to me that part of this update counted as a spoiler. I just spoiler tagged it. Sorry!]

 

I just realized that Menon's upcoming YA book, There's Something About Sweetie, has Ashish as one of the leads! But not with

Celia.

(spoiler show)

Which I suppose I'm okay with, since, eh, teen romances don't necessarily last and they certainly had a rocky relationship, but I hope there's at least a brief mention of

Celia getting over Ashish just fine and doing well.

(spoiler show)

Then I'll feel better about rooting for Ashish and Sweetie.

 

I love how Rishi is completely unflappable when dealing with the Aberzombies and yet has managed to make himself blush twice in one night because he might as well have a neon sign over his head that says "I like you, Dimple!"

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text 2019-01-07 19:35
Reading progress update: I've listened 161 out of 653 minutes.
When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon,Vikas Adam,Sneha Mathan

The small, awkward voice Sneha Mathan uses for Dimple when she discovers just what kind of restaurant they're all eating at is great. I just had a flashback to a certain dinner I was invited to in college. It wasn't at a fancy place, but it still had me mentally recalculating and freaking out over my food budget for the month.

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