From Twinkle, with Love – Sandhya Menon

See the source imageFrom Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: May 22nd, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, High School, Romance, Filmmaking, Humor, Friendship Drama, Summer Reads


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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?

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Twinkle, twinkle little star…

Speaking of stars, Twinkle does not wish to become an actress or a singer. Instead, she wants to grow into a successful and recognized Indian-American female filmmaker who shakes the world with her powerful ideas.

She dreams big, and I love that about her. There’s nothing wrong with having what seem to be unreachable goals. I am one of those cheesy firm believers that you can achieve anything as long as you have a plan and a ton of passion.

And Twinkle certainly does. In fact, she’s on the right path. This month, she will be gaining much experience in filmmaking since she will be directing a low-budget movie with Sahil Roy, the half-Indian twin of her ultimate school crush, Neil Roy.

Now, you might be thinking, ‘‘Ah, a love-triangle this way comes,’’ but alas you’re wrong… It’s a love square. But hold on before you make an annoyed face. Even if Twinkle is pursuing a guy, and other guys are pursuing *her*, she’s not some silly girl who will go out with anyone because guys are what she thinks about every day.

I admit she is a little, no a *lot* clueless when it comes to the concept of love, seeing that she misses all the hints boys give her and the foundation of her crush on Neil Roy is not solid at all. Oh well, Neil’s not all that great and swoon-worthy to begin with. In a way, Twinkle is the typical teenage girl on the grounds that she wants to be known not only as a filmmaker, but as the girlfriend of the most popular boy in school. Déjà vu x 1000.

So this book isn’t perfect, since it does rely on some tropes. Though, you know what? Despite the love square situation, I enjoyed the romance. Neil Roy’s twin, with whom she is working for the film project, is a sweetheart and watching them spend time together really warmed my heart. Both of them are awkward, nerdy and passionate individuals who learn a lot from each other.

And while the friendship drama between Twinkle and Maddie is predictable, unfortunate, lacking back-story and introduces a mean girls group, these things happen in real life all the time, especially to young adults. It was actually interesting to see their friendship go up and down, up and down, up and down, even if I wanted to tell Twinkle to find herself a new girlfriend every other chapter.

The storyline of this one is very different from When Dimple Met Rishi’s, and yet you’ll recognize the author’s style, which consists of a light tone, humorous scenes and a charming and diverse set of characters.

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3 thoughts on “From Twinkle, with Love – Sandhya Menon

  1. Perfect 😊 yeah, I wished there was more backstory about her friendship with Maddie… there were some, but just not enough for it to stand out, unfortunately. At the end, I started feeling more for Hannah and Maddie’s friendship!

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