- Sandhya Menon
- 5th published book; 3rd & Final Book of the Dimpleverse (sads)
- Genre: YA Contemporary
- Heritage/Background: Indian-American
- IG: @sandhyamenonbooks; Twitter: @smenonbooks
- Website: http://www.sandhyamenon.com/
- Release: 7/21/2020 (You don’t have long to wait! YAY!)
- Publisher: Simon Pulse
- Favorite Character: Drama Queen…also known as DQ! DQ is hysterical and I could relate to her in so many ways! I don’t want to give away who she is so read the book to find out more about her! She very well may become your favorite too!
- Favorite Quote(s): “I don’t give a flying fig about being inspiring. If none of you has the ovaries to do anything about this, fine. I’ll do it myself.”-Pinky… I literally have said things JUST LIKE THIS in the past! It was like Pinky ripped a page out of my book. It also reminds me of my “Fuck it, I’ll do it” attitude! I just love this one so much! There were other’s I loved too but I’m leaving it at this one!
Full Disclosure, I Love Sandhya Menon and I have said so in my post about Of Curses And Kisses, but she has had me since I read When Dimple Met Rishi and can never get rid of me now. If you haven’t read WDMR or the second book, There’s Something About Sweetie, I’m going to need you to read them and then read 10 Things I Hate About Pinky! It gives all the summer vibes along with secrets revealed, romance, ride or die friendships, great punchlines and hysterical side characters. Something else that I love that Sandhya has done with the #Dimpleverse is that each book has cameos of the other characters but are distinctly their own book so you can read them out of order and not feel lost! I’m extremely honored to be kicking of Pinky’s Blog Tour as a part of Sandhya’s street team! Now let’s get into it!
While I know that I didn’t list Pinky as my favorite character, I LOVEEEEEEEEEED HER! She reminds me so much of myself, personality-wise. She is super outspoken, passionate, strong-willed, loyal, take no shit & fuck your feelings type. While she is very “take no shit & fuck your feelings”, she is very caring and loving. She tends to care so much that others take it the wrong way when they don’t understand that her comments or actions are coming from a place of love. It’s aiight Pinky gurl, I feel you cause I’m the exact same way! Being that I’m so like Pinky in this way, I completely understood how frustrated she was whenever she was met with harsh criticisms from her mother or friends. However, I loved how she would persist no matter what she worried the response would be. Her heart dictated to her what needed to be done and I think that’s incredibly beautiful. I wish I was brave enough for colorful hair and piercings like Pinky and to rock it with the confidence that she did! I’m also going to say that I LOVED how she LOVES the Goddess Kali… I, too, am obsessed with Kali and when Pinky went into a small dialogue about her, I SCREAMED! I felt that Pinky embodied so many of Kali’s kickass qualities! Who WOULDN’T love someone who is as badass as Kali?! …NOOOOOOO ONE! If you aren’t familiar with Kali, Google her and get your whole entire life with her fierceness!
Now let’s talk about Samir for a moment… He was NOT what I expected from his appearances in TSAS… I was expecting the nerdy (I love nerdy dudes, don’t get it twisted), messenger bag-pocket protector wearing guy that is small and weak type… *pause* That is not him… AT.ALL! While he is nerdy, he’s a HOT nerdy guy that wears a messenger bag who is extremely strong and can hold his own weight in any conversation! He is very purpose driven and he doesn’t back down when it counts. While he can be pointed in the things he says, he also speaks with a calm that makes it possible to receive the truth (his or the situation at hand) in a positive way. People like that are a gift and I believe he was a gift to Pinky in the unexpected of ways. He challenged, empowered and grounded her in all the ways that counted (I’m hoping my “Samir” is out there reading this cause I need this in my life). It was quite amazing how things took a turn, especially if you have read the other books and remember their past interactions! His backstory also makes it even easier to love him because of all that he has overcome. As I read about him and situations he was involved in, I fell in love and I’m sure that there were hearts in my eyes at times, much like how Pinky’s family reacted to him!
On paper, Pinky and Samir are the least expected couple but the way Sandhya brought them together was *chef’s kiss* brilliant! There are so many amazing moments, some small and others a little larger in nature that created an incredible love story. Because I’m not about that spoiler life, I’m not going to say any of those moments, I’mma need for you to just go pick up this book and dive into their journey yourself! I promise that it would be well worth your investment/library rental!
It makes me a little sad that this is the end of the #Dimpleverse but I love how this book rounds it out. Pinky & Samir’s story is distinctly their own and they truly deserved that. These two are characters that could be easily misunderstood/misinterpreted without their own novel. So many of us have experienced life from the outside looking in, being in the center of chaos but utterly alone, and judged for what our outward presentations are rather than what is housed on the inside. Sandhya represented their stories so beautifully and subsequently the stories of so many others out in the real world!
I loved this book so much, I could rave forever about it! I carried it to the beach with me (I was socially distanced from other patrons and solo), I read between work sessions & tv commercials, waiting for my doctors appointment (of COURSE, I had on a mask… a Hufflepuff one, if you must know, lol) and I even slept with it next to me because I would read for a while before finally deciding to sleep (aye, don’t act like you haven’t done that before, my bookish people know the deal) and I finished it in 3 days (If it wasn’t for adulting, I would’ve finished it in less) because I really didn’t want to put it down. With everything going on in the world, I needed a story like 10TIHAP to boost my spirits (even when it made my eyes leak). I strongly encourage you to pick up this book and it’s companion novels…even read the E-novellas on the Riveted website (As Kismet Would Have It & Love At First Fight)… They are great rom-coms and Pinky is PUUUUUUUUUUURFECT for the summer! I promise you won’t regret it (and I’m a woman of my word).