From Twinkle, with love – Sandhya Menon
From the author of When Dimple Met Rishi, we have a fun new YA rom-com and this was seriously cute af.
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.
I am loving all the diverse YA we’re getting at the moment, From Twinkle With Love is so cute and fluffy, but has a lot more substance than that, it has a brilliant diverse cast and does a great job at calling out stereotypes, Twinkle often points out assumptions that people make about her because of her ethnicity and the book does this without being preachy or obvious.
Twinkle was a great character, she knows what she wants and although she is nervous about achieving her dreams and whether or not she is good enough she talks about and works through those fears and ends up having a great time. I found that even though I am white and she is Desi that I did relate to that aspect of her character a lot and I loved it. I also found myself being like SAME when she talks about her relationship with Maddie. Girl, we all got friends like that, it sucks.
This reminded me a lot of Love, Hate and Other Filters, which also featured a girl that loved movies and documentaries and realised that making memories is just as important as recording them. Plus there were also cute romances in that one! The added romance and the twin thing made this a more interesting rom com and of course, the narration was cute and fluffy and was just what I needed!