Published by Simon Pulse on May 22nd 2018
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Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.
When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.
Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?
Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
After loving Sandhya Menon’s debut, When Dimple Met Rishi, last year, I knew I would continue to pick up new releases from her. From Twinkle, With Love follows an Indian-American teenager, Twinkle, who dreams of becoming a filmmaker and telling her stories through films. One unique element of this book is that it’s told through an epistolary format, specifically through Twinkle’s diary entries. Twinkle uses her diary to write to female filmmakers who inspire her. I thought this format worked well for the story! It really allowed the reader to get inside Twinkle’s head– which, can I just say, was a refreshingly realistic teenage mind. Twinkle isn’t perfect; she makes mistakes and hurts the people she loves and sometimes struggles to believe in herself. But this just made her feel all the more approachable and real.
The romance was, as expected, adorable. It features the friends-to-lovers trope, which is a personal favorite of mine. Twinkle and Sahil don’t have a fairytale romance: they’re awkward, they aren’t always on the same page, and they both have personal things to work on that impact their relationships with others. Again, though, it felt realistic. I wish more YA portrayed relationships like theirs.
I also really enjoyed the friendships and family relationships in From Twinkle, too! Like with Menon’s debut, we get glimpses into Indian culture and life as an Indian-American teen, and I’m so glad this representation is out there. Of course, filmmaking and movies both play huge roles in this story, and that was a nice touch. Twinkle’s passion for film definitely shines through. I loved reading about the film she made over the course of the book, too! If you’re a film buff, you’ll absolutely enjoy this one.
Overall, From Twinkle, With Love gave me exactly the cuteness I expected, and also provided fresh, realistic characters and relationship dynamics. This has cemented Sandhya Menon as an auto-buy author for me. Highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an adorable, diverse contemporary!
Have you read From Twinkle, With Love? If so, did you enjoy it as much as I did? If not, is it on your TBR (it should be!)? Let’s chat in the comments!