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Thursday, July 30, 2020

When Desi Teens Fake-Date: 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon

10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT PINKY

by Sandhya Menon
Series: Dimple and Rishi #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Publisher: Simon Teen
Publication Date: July 21st 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷
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If you've been reading this blog for a while you know that Sandhya Menon easily became one of my favorite authors of all-time with her debut release. She writes these love stories about desi people who look just like me. I have yet to be disappointed by any book by her and I was so eager to read 10 Things I Hate About Pinky. This opposites-attract/fake-dating romance was just the sweetest and most heart-felt book.

You guys, I adored Pinky's character so much. She's different from Sandhya's other main characters because she was much more of a rebellious wild child. As a result, her protective mother tends to think the worst of her and Pinky is really tired of the constant judgment. During their latest argument, she accidentally reveals that she's been dating a nice boy, the complete opposite of her, and exactly the kind of boy you would want to bring to your parents. Only, Pinky does not have such a boyfriend. Enter Samir, the boy she doesn't always get along with. Sandhya Menon always does a lovely job of making her characters endearing to readers. Though Pinky could appear bratty to the outsider, she was actually a well-intentioned young woman whose passions were all over the place. She was a softie at heart and we especially see her vulnerability when it comes to her feelings about her mother's perception of her. My heart ached for Pinky and I really wanted to shake her mother by her shoulders because she couldn't see what a well-rounded person she was. I loved that she was a young woman with many interests. I particularly loved her desire to want to change the world.

I was eager to become better acquainted with Samir after adoring his character in Ashish's book. At the start of 10 Things I Hate About Pinky, his highly-anticipated internship at a prestigious law firm in DC is unfortunately rescinded. When Pinky asks him to act as his fake boyfriend for the summer in exchange for being able to interact with her lawyer-mother, he takes her up on the deal. Samir was a sweet boy which made him the perfect love interest for Pinky. He was very much the opposite of Pinky personality-wise. He was much more focused on his long-term goals and could be rigid while she tended to be more impulsive. I think their differences are what made them work as a couple. Their relationship was super cute and charming! They were always at each other's throats in the beginning but that slowly develops into more. It was fun watching them bicker and then grow attached as they worked together to save a butterfly sanctuary from being razed down. I definitely got the shippy feelings as they began to catch feelings during the fake relationship.

While I loved most of this book, I wanted a bit more from the relationship between Pinky and her mother. As I mentioned, they have a strenuous relationship though they both loved each other very much. For the most part, their relationship was written with a lot of nuances. However, I wanted more of an open discussion between them at the end. It felt a little rushed to me. I was also a little surprised by how we didn't see Samir's overprotective mother in this book, particularly given what we knew of her from the previous book. Besides that though, all of the other family dynamics were wonderful. There's a really great kinship between Pinky and her cousin that was even stronger than a friendship. I loved them both!

If you're in the mood for a heartfelt story with the opposites-attract and fake-dating romance tropes, 10 Things I Hate About Pinky will likely appeal to you. I'm such a big fan of Sandhya Menon and I can't wait to see what she delivers to her fans next.

Have you read anything from Sandhya Menon? Do you enjoy books with complex mother-daughter relationships?
Let me know in the comments below!