Sandhya Menon has done it again. This rom-com take on angsty-teen-fake-dating is perfection. The Dimple-verse continues, but this standalone novel really takes the cake.
Pinky Kumar is a rebel girl. Her corporate lawyer parents haven’t really accepted that yet–but Pinky’s notorious for trouble-making, getting passionate about causes, and making bad decisions with boys. But after a mishape at the lake house has her feeling looked down on, she decides to fake date absolute cinnamon-roll Samir, bringing him up to spend the summer with her after his big internship falls through. Fake dating hijinks ensure, and Pinky finds a new cause: protecting the butterfly habitat nearby. All the while, Pinky is trying to rescue a baby oppossum, find some common ground with the mother who just doesn’t seem to get her, and figure out what the heck she’s actually feeling for Samir–because, come on, it’s something.
This book is great. Seriously. It touches on so many great topics–Pinky is a fierce activist, she’s got killer style, and feels so real. Her parents aren’t stereotypical Indian parents and you like getting to know them a lot. Samir is constantly surprising you throughout the book. The lake house setting is super fun, it’s going to be a must-read beach read this summer–I can just feel it. I don’t want to spoil anything, but some of the stuff we find out about Pinky’s mom also made my heart swell too! It’s something not talked a lot in books–especially with parents who can be seen as strict–so I’m excited to see this on the page. Also, the romance is so cute. Page 199–guys, page 199. I swooned. I said “aww.” I shook my arms and said “yay!”. The romance is super well-done in this one, and it doesn’t hurt that 10 Things I Hate About You is my favorite movie of all time.
Okay, I could ramble for days, but pre-order this book now, and I’ll talk to you once you’ve finished DEVOURING it.