I’ve been looking forward to reading From Twinkle, with Love for so long, and I’m so excited to finally be reviewing it. Before I jump in, here’s a quick look at the summary:
“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.”
So I have a lot of feelings about this book. For those of you who don’t know, I ADORED When Dimple Met Rishi. It was one of my favorite books of 2017. So I went into From Twinkle, with Love with pretty high hopes.
I really liked how the story was told primarily through journal entries. It’s a unique element, and it’s always so cool when an author pulls it off. If you’re into cinema, movie-making, directing, then you’ll definitely enjoy From Twinkle, with Love. I really enjoyed Twinkle, though my favorite character was probably her grandmother. The only thing that got to me was that at times I felt like Twinkle’s reasoning for wanting certain Neil or a certain group of friends was a bit tropey. But POC don’t often get to have tropes so I’m not complaining that much. I do however think that Dimple was a bit more of a deeper protagonist.
Now, Sahil, sweet sweet Sahil. Like Twinkle, I sometimes felt that he was a tad bit tropey. But for the most part, I really enjoyed his character and the blooming relationship between him and Twinkle. I also really liked the exploration of family and friend dynamics in the book. There’s a great cast of side characters that add a lot of dimension to the story.
Fighting gender norms and navigating a heavily male-dominated industry were two topics that were woven into From Twinkle, with Love, and I really enjoyed viewing them through Twinkle’s perspective. Also, college and socioeconomic status was a part of Twinkle’s story, and that made me so so happy because that’s not something that’s present in YA. I think in From Twinkle, with Love, Sandhya Menon struck an awesome balance between slightly cliche and real world, everyday topics.
Sandhya Menon has been added to my list of favorite summer authors, which currently is composed of Sarah Dessen, Emery Lord, and Jenn Bennett. All four authors’ books scream summer, and they’re all wonderful summer reads. At this point, I’m just looking forward to Sandhya’s next book. I’m beyond ready to meet Ashish and Sweetie, and I’m trying not to think about the fact that I have wait until next year.
So if you were a fan of When Dimple Met Rishi, or looking for a good light summer read, or are really into movies and cinema, then From Twinkle, with Love. And if you’ve already read it, please let me know what you thought of it in the comments!
I hope everyone’s having a fantastic summer and as always,
Happy reading, happy writing, and happy blogging!