From Twinkle, with love by Sandhya Menon

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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.

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I loved When Dimple Met Rishi so I was so excited to finally read this book. I’ve been I a mood for sweet, cute, romantic contemporary reads this past month and this one hit the spot. Sandhya is known for writing cute contemporaries, so you know there will be romance in this book too.

Your MC Twinkle has always felt invisible to everyone around her. Her best friend has made new friends and she thinks her parents hate her. She wants to be a filmmaker and be seen by everyone. When she gets the opportunity to film a remake of Dracula she cast most of her classmates that she thinks dislikes her. She is so caught up throughout the book thinking she is completely invisible that she doesn’t see the people looking right at her.

I do admit the writing was a bit different for me in this book because it is written in a journal format. For me this made the book seem more heartfelt and private like you were snooping through a siblings diary.  You get to see all of Twinkle’s personal thoughts on things happening around her.

Now I did have a few things that I disliked. One was how unbearable Twinkle became after the first few chapters. She becomes the Director of her movie and completely just goes all out on a power trip and is rude to everyone. She is also extremely mean at times to Sahil and she even writes in her journal about how she’s being unfair to him but never apologizes for it.  She is constantly comparing Sahil to his brother Neil, that’s just so low and uncalled for.

There is a ton of diversity in this book and I loved it. Twinkle is Indian American, but there are also characters that are Asian, Black, Catholic, and LGBTQIAP. I loved that there were so many different characters from all sorts of backgrounds, it was amazing.

Overall I did love the book, It was a super cute contemporary. It was just what I need to get me out of my reading slump. I just wish some aspects of the book had gone differently, especially how she treated Sahil. If you loved her first novel When dimple met Rishi you will love this one.

Have you read From Twinkle, With Love?

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