by Ashley Dickson-Ellison (@teachingtheapocalypse)
We at Unabridged Podcast were all SO excited to see this new release from Sandhya Menon! This one just came out on Tuesday -- check out the Pub Day Shout-outs here! We all loved When Dimple Met Rishi and the awesome #unabridgedpodbuddyread discussions about it! I haven't read There's Something about Sweetie yet, but these awesome books don't have to be read in order. I'll look forward to reading that one soon! As far as 10 Things I Hate about Pinky, it did not disappoint!
Although Samir Jha and Pinky Kumar know each other through mutual friends (specifically Ashish Patel, who fans of the earlier Dimpleverse books, When Dimple Met Rishi and There's Something about Sweetie, will recognize!), they are far from what would be considered compatible. Pinky's wild, rebellious spirit clashes with Samir's fierce desire to be responsible and in control of all situations. She does everything on the spur of the moment; he meticulously plans each activity of each day in his planner.
However, as Samir's summer internship (and his first chance to be away from his loving but overbearing mother) unexpectedly falls through after he takes a plane trip from California to DC for it, he finds himself with unstructured time and a strong desire to stay away from home for a little while. When Pinky, whose constant clashes with her parents cause here to lie about having a perfect boyfriend as part of her defense of herself, contacts Samir with an unexpected proposition, hijinks ensue that have some mutual benefits. They spend an unlikely summer together with Pinky's family at a Cape Cod lake house, and they come to discover some admirable aspects of each other's personalities and some ways that they can each improve their own.
I loved the sweet story between Samir and Pinky, and I also loved the friendship between Pinky and her cousin Dolly, who is also there for the summer. I especially appreciated Pinky's activism and the way that she fights for positive change in the book. This is a lovely coming-of-age story that is full of rich characters, complicated misunderstandings, adventure, and personal growth.
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