Title: From Twinkle, With love
Author: Sandhya Menon
Release Date: May 22nd, 2018
My Rating: 4/5
An aspiring teen filmmaker finds her voice and falls in love in this delightful romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi.
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.
If I’m being honest, I didn’t expect to like From Twinkle, With Love. I read When Dimple met Rishi and while I found it to be super cute, it was rather lack lustre and not my cup of tea. . . From Twinkle, With Love, however, was absolutely my cup of tea. I was taking big gulp of this one y’all.
Twinkle aspires to be filmmaker and I loved how the format of the story was told through her journal entries, writing to the female filmmakers she admires. While I didn’t understand half the references, I enjoyed that we heard about her passion for film. We learnt what it meant to her and why it drives her, which played a big part in understanding why directing her first movie was such an important thing for her.
Twinkle was a smart, sassy and complicated character, who had many flaws and equally as many insecurities. She has struggled with feeling invisible all her life. Her mother is depressed and Twinkle feels like her mother resents her, her dad is always at work and her only source of constant comfort and nurture is her Dadi. The only other person who she feels she can rely on is, Maddie, her best friend, who started to pull away in favour of the company of popular people (“Silk feathered hat”).
Twinkled is desperate to maintain the same social status and be Maddie’s best friend again. In her journey to become more popular and finally stopped being overlooked by many people, Twinkle lets it all go to her head. She’s easily swayed and soon begins to think she’s better than her new “groundling” friends she’s made during the course of making the film, which leads to her treating them poorly and doing some out of character things.
Throughout the book Twinkle struggles with her insecurities and her feelings for Sahil. Sahil is an absolute cutie and he’s already been added to my list of book boyfriends. Oh my y’all . . . SO CUTE. SO. CUTE.
Menon effortlessly crafted such a fun and unbelievably adorable story about self discovery, acceptance, growth and love.Twinkle was such a relatable, headstrong and ambitious character and I throughly enjoyed reading her story.