Title: From Twinkle, With Love
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: 2 May 2018
Number of Pages: 336
Genre: YA, Contemporary
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 long-time 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 favourite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.
*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*
I loved Sandhya Menon’s previous book When Dimple met Rishi so I was really exited when I was accepted for this one and I’m glad to say it didn’t disappoint. this was such a fun and cute read.
This book follows Twinkle Mehra an Indian-American high school student who’s dream is to become a filmmaker so when fellow classmate Sahil asks her to join him in producing a film for the Summer Festival she jumps at the change not only to help get her name out there but she also sees this as the perfect opportunity to get close to his twin brother Neil who she has a massive crush on. She also sees this as a way of losing her wallflower status and rekindling with her best friend Maddie. However, throughout working on the movie she starts to fall for Sahil but is also receiving emails from the mysterious N. who she believes to be Neil and doesn’t know whether she should follow hr heart or hold on to the dream she’s had for years.
I really liked the character of Twinkle she is a really complex character who is fed up sitting on the side-lines and being overlooked by everyone in her life which leads to her making bad decisions and it’s interesting to read about how she deals with these. I my younger teen self really related to her as i was the wallflower at school and would avoid confrontation at all costs.
I also loved Sahil, he is so sweet and geeky and it was interesting to see how he struggles with being in the shadow of his twin Neil who is a star athlete, popular and smart.
The romance within this is very swoon worthy and I loved watching it grow throughout the book and I loved that her family is involved throughout and found it really interesting to read about the dynamics between Twinkle, her mum, dad and Dadi.
I loved the diversity throughout this book as we have several Indian-American characters, Twinkles best friend Maddie is Japanese-American and Sahil’s friend Aaron is African-American and gay. We also have a bisexual character.
The book is written in the format of a diary as Twinkle is writing to her favourite female directors about her life. It is also told through texts which allow you to get an insight into Sahil thoughts. I really enjoyed this style and feel like I was able to fly through the book.
Overall, this was a really cute story with a swoon worthy romance that I really enjoyed and feel is the perfect summer read. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.