Book: From Twinkle, with Love
Author: Sandhya Menon
Published: May 22, 2018
Publisher: Simon and Schuster / Simon Pulse
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 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. (Goodreads)
My rating: 4 stars
It was lovely. Definitely recommend.
Adorable and sweet.
From Twinkle, with Love is exactly what I’d hoped for in another Sandhya Menon book, adorkable teenage characters figuring out life and relationships. Twinkle is sweet, if a little blinded by her ambition and high school social hierarchy. Sahil is cute and his supportive male friendships are refreshing to see.
Not as good as When Dimple Met Rishi, but a pretty darn good follow up.
I liked When Dimple Met Rishi more than From Twinkle, with Love for two reasons. One, I liked the structure of Dimple more. It felt more in the moment. While the letter writing to her favourite directors was a neat idea, it felt strange to me that Twinkle was writing her journal/letters in the car or at the restaurant table during quick breaks in the action. It didn’t feel to me like there would have been enough time to do that. And I’m saying this from someone who used to journal a ton.
And two, a lot of the tension and drama in this book is based on negative female friendships, miscommunication, and jumping to conclusions. It frustrated me. I’m glad Twinkle and her friends learned and grew, but the negativity of the female friendships got to me.
Twinkle and Sahil’s relationship was definitely fun to watch develop. I love the friends to lovers aspect, and they develop a pretty good friendship. Although, again, a lot of the problems they face are created from miscommunication or a complete lack of communication. Yes, a familiar trope, but it still frustrated me.
A well-done audio, but it might be better experienced in print.
The narrators did a great job. They sounded true to the characters and were engaging and expressive. The letter format just didn’t work as well in audio as it might have in print. I’m not sure why, but I feel like I would have enjoyed it more in that format. Sahil’s text message conversations with his guy friends were just awkward to listen to. When you’re reading text conversations, you tend skim over some of the details and hearing them all read out (From X to X) was strange. And, one voice narrating all three guys texts with no prose in between was confusing at times.