The follow-up to When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something about Sweetie follows Pinky and Samir as they pretend to date—with disastrous and hilarious results.
Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. From raccoon hospitals to persecuted rock stars, no cause is too esoteric for her to champion. But a teeny-tiny part of her also really enjoys making her conservative, buttoned-up corporate lawyer parents cringe.
Samir Jha might have a few . . . quirks remaining from the time he had to take care of his sick mother, like the endless lists he makes in his planner and the way he schedules every minute of every day, but those are good things. They make life predictable and steady.
Pinky loves lazy summers at her parents’ Cape Cod lake house, but after listening to them harangue her about the poor decisions (aka boyfriends) she’s made, she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy, Samir—who is a total Harvard-bound Mama’s boy—to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer. As they bicker their way through lighthouses and butterfly habitats, sparks fly, and they both realize this will be a summer they’ll never forget.
Title: 10 Things I Hate About Pinky (Dimple and Rishi, #3)
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publication Date: July 21, 2020
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Even though this was my least favorite of the series, I still really enjoyed it! We get to see new sides of both Pinky and Samir plus spend a fun summer on the lake!
I haven’t been a big fan of either Pinky or Samir so I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book, but I actually really enjoyed it. Most surprisingly, however, was how much I ended up loving both Pinky and Samir by the end of this. They each have family issues that prompted them to develop the quirks and personalities they have and I loved getting an insight into that. Plus, seeing them grow as individuals and as a couple in this book was just icing on the cake. I can now wholeheartedly say I love these two!
And, umm, SAM! He was a really good love interest! Like, who knew he could be so handsome and sweet and cute and cool and handsome. Also, he was handsome. And cute. Alright, I’m done.
I was also a big fan of Pinky’s cousin, Dolly. She was a great support to Pinky and was going through her own stuff while on her lake vacation. She was a fun addition to the Dimple and Rishi-verse and I lowkey wish there was some kind of short story about her happily ever after.
The ending of this book is what made me knock a star off my review. I could feel the conflict building, but before it could explode, it just kinda plateau-ed out. And then, it somewhat exploded but was pretty quickly resolved. Pinky and Samir were two completely different people so I knew a good conflict had to be apart of their story, but it kinda let me down. I’m glad things worked out the way they did, but I was left a little unsatisfied by the way things were wrapped up.
Overall, however, this was another great book to add to the series. I’m glad I was able to be proved wrong about my love for these two. Now it’s time to re-read the series lol