My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: September 10th, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, High School, Family History, Indian Culture, Technology
I was in the worst book slump ever the past three weeks. I literally started fifteen books, read 10 or 20 pages from each book and proceeded to lose interest completely. I despaired and thought I might never finish another book in my entire life so I decided to take a break from the book world. Thank God because when I finally picked up my sixteenth book—this book—I flew through it.
Of course it helped that this book ended up being a fun YA rom-com. Normally, I consider fifteen-year-old heroines to be too young and have a very juvenile voice but Simi had many facets to her personality. She could be silly and serious, smart and clumsy, judgemental and sympathetic. Whenever she would annoy me, she would make up for it a chapter later by caring about her best friend Noah tremendously and helping two people who were meant for each other get closer.
It’s not a diamond in a haystack. The plot is not the most original ever and there are stereotypical characters and situations. But it’s exciting and easy to root for the couples formed by Simi’s app to last. I don’t disapprove of dating apps as I’ve seen proof that they can work so I was curious to see Simi’s app Matched! grow and affect lives. I also really liked Simi’s interest in mehendi art and her family’s history of matchmaking. If you enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi, I don’t see why this shouldn’t captivate you for an entire afternoon.
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