Review: From Twinkle With Love by Sandhya Menon

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From Twinkle With Love is the dramatic diary of a teenage Indian American filmmaker as she traverses the process of making her first real film, as well as the troubles of young love and friendship.

From Twinkle With Love CoverAspiring 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?

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I received an eARC of From Twinkle With Love from Netgalley, courtesy of Simon Pulse, in exchange for an honest review.

We gave away a copy of When Dimple Met Rishi, Menon’s debut novel, in our first post here on LFAI. I think it’s clear that I’m a fan of her work.

From Twinkle With Love is told in almost an epistolary format, which was a lot of fun. It’s mainly told through Twinkle’s diary entries, each of which is addressed to a particular female filmmaker. Sahil, our lovely love interest and film producer, chimes in with his own perspective occasionally with a group chat between him and his friends and blog posts that are barely disguised versions of his reality.

This should come with some content warnings for use of aromantic-antagonistic language and ableist language.

Twinkle is a bit of an unreliable narrator, but she’s also honest about what she perceives in her diary entries, which is nice. I adored watching Twinkle fall head over heels for Sahil. We got delightful quotes like this one.

Everyone in my family liked him right away, even Mummy and Papa, who were generally suspicious of boys. And how could they not? Sahil is like gentle sun on a winter’s day. You automatically want to turn your face to it and soak it up.

Twinkle’s relationship with her Dadi was lovely. I liked that her relationship with her parents was not as perfect as she would have liked it to be, much like her relationship with Maddie. I loved that Sahil noticed, and did what he did at the end of From Twinkle With Love.

I’m 100 percent sold on Twinkle and Sahil’s relationship, even if I thought he should have had more of a right to be angry when it’s time for the big reveal.

Overall, I loved From Twinkle With Love. I highly recommend it.

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ABOUT FROM TWINKLE WITH LOVE

 

Title: From Twinkle With Love

Author: Sandhya Menon

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Length: 336 Pages

Release Date: May 22 2018

Rating: ★★★★★ / Five stars

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Representation: indian american main character, indian american love interest, 

 

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