10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Hodder (Jul 21, 2020)
Series: Dimple & Rishi #3
Thank you to Definitely Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Not a stranger to Sandhya Menon’s sparkling rom-coms, I was beyond excited that there was another novel set in the Dimpleverse—I loved When Dimple Met Rishi when I first read it and Ashish and Sweetie’s story in There’s Something About Sweetie that made my heart swell. This time around, the central characters are Pinky and Samir, where they find themselves in a fake relationship during a summer set in the quieter and more quaint summer town of Cape Cod.
Pinky Kumar, with her conspicuously multi-coloured hair and burning fire in her heart, has never been shy about things she is passionate about. Then we have Samir Jha who is reliable, grounded and whose life is carefully and meticulously planned out and believes in taking control of everything in his life as the key to achieving the perfect life. Both of them can’t stand each other. However, things change when they cook up a plan to be in a fake relationship but surely, we know that when there’s a spark, a fire won’t be too far away.
10 Things I Hate About Pinky was just such a fun read, because it centres on my favourite trope: enemies-to-lovers. There’s something about characters who have such strong feelings for each other and have them question their feelings as they develop and the best part is when they finally realise that they were meant for each other. Call me a romantic, but I love such dynamics.
In her latest book, Sandhya Menon once again wrote characters that are flawed and achingly real. I am all for messy characters and reading about their growth throughout the book. Though I enjoyed Pinky and Samir’s growing friendship and their gradual feelings for each other, I was more invested in Pinky and her mother’s strained relationship in the beginning of the book and as it progressed, it was wonderful to see how both of them understood each other. Do expect a lot of teenage angst and bear with Pinky, because there’s major character development throughout the course of the book.
The romance was written so well, in the sense that it was everything I wanted to read about in an enemies-to-lovers romance. The initial hate for each other was there, the drama between them, the heated tension, the denial, the sudden kiss and bam! Their feelings caught.
Overall, it was a classic Sandhya Menon story where opposites attracts, sparks fly and finding love at the most unexpected places. Reading 10 Things I Hate About Pinky was reminiscent of reading Sandhya Menon’s debut novel for the first time, which also sparked my love for her books. Look no further if you are looking for something absolutely divine to sink your teeth into because you’ll be smiling at the sweet moments between Pinky and Samir.
Blurb from Goodreads:
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.