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10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon / Image of an East Asian teen giirl with pink and blue streaks in her hair.Book: 10 Things I Hate About Pinky (Dimple and Rishi #3)
Author: Sandhya Menon
Published: July 20, 2020
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Format: Advanced Review Copy
Source: the Author

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I fell in love with Sandhya’s swoony and hilarious writing when I listened to When Dimple Met Rishi on audio shortly after it released. Since then, Sandhya Menon has published a second book in that series, a stand-alone book in the same universe, the first book in a series of fairytale retellings, and now the final book in the Dimple and Rishi series is here! These YA romantic comedies feature Indian-American teens, some with very traditional parents, and some with more modern parents.

I joined Sandhya’s Sweethearts Street Team on Instagram and was lucky enough to score an early copy of this book to review to help spread the word. Thank you, Sandhya for the free copy to read and review!

A whole host of us are posting on our blogs and Instagram’s and YouTube Channels over the next month to share our thoughts and reactions to this finale to the series. See Heather’s review today too on her Instagram, @velarisreads.

Read below for the official description from the back of the book and my thoughts on it.


I’ve written about this series before, about how much I loved When Dimple Met Rishi. This book, Ten Things I Hate About Pinky, is an absolutely wonderful finale to the trilogy.

I loved the collision between Pinky and Samir. Their life experiences, their personalities, and their life goals are so completely different. And yet, once they start to actually get to know one another, they realize that they are really quite similar and complimentary. It’s beautiful to follow along and see them discover who each other is, and discover who they are themselves. Both lead characters learn a lot about themselves during this book, and the character transformations feel authentic and organic.

A summer teen romance with a fake boyfriend staying with your family while everyone is on vacation together at a lake house has so much potential for hilarious scenes and lots of conflict. And Ten Things I Hate About Pinky delivers! I cringed, I swooned, I laughed, and yes, I even teared up a few times. This book was exactly what I want in a fun summer read. Now, if only I’d been able to read it on a beach chair at a lake house…

I don’t usually love reading books on my ereader, but I flew through the e-arc I had of this book. Sandhya’s writing is accessible, easy to follow along, and really, really fun. The character voices are distinct, the situations go back and forth between sweet and hilarious. There is romance, friendship, and examples of different parental and familial relationships. All in, there is SO MUCH GOOD STUFF in her books.

Note: You do not have to read the previous books in the Dimpleverse (When Dimple Met Rishi, There’s Something About Sweetie) to read and enjoy this book. But, I still recommend you read them, because they are lovely!


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. (Goodreads)

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Sandhya Menon

Author Bio

Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met RishiOf Curses and Kisses, and many other novels that also feature lots of kissing, girl power, and swoony boys. Her books have been included in several cool places, including the Today show, Teen VogueNPRBuzzFeed, and Seventeen. A full-time dog servant and part-time writer, she makes her home in the foggy mountains of Colorado. Visit her online at, on Twitter @smenonbooks or on Instagram @sandhyamenonbooks.


Books for Teens | Fake Dating, Two very different teens, one lake house | Image of book cover for 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon

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