Geeks are smart and talented and passionate. I don’t think that’s a bad thing” From Twinkle, with Love by: Sandhya Menon
Initial Thoughts: I picked up From Twinkle, with Love because of the unique premise. I have read about many young adult teens who loved to disappear into a good book (what bookworm doesn’t?!). But I have never read a book about a young adult with an interest in film making.
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
From Twinkle, with Love is an epistolary novel told through the eyes of Twinkle Mehra, an aspiring filmmaker. Each of her letters are addressed to famous female directors Twinkle has admired ever since she was young such a Sofia Coppola and Nora Ephron. The format reminded me a little of Stephen Chboksy’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, where the main character, Charlie, would address each of his letters/ diary entries to “friend.” Twinkle is a wallflower herself who has just recently lost her best friend Maddie to the silk feathered hats (aka the popular girls). Twinkle refers to herself as a groundling, a reference to Shakespeare’s time when the poor (who couldn’t afford the balcony) had to stand on the ground for hours and watch the play.
When Sahil Roy, a film geek asks Twinkle to direct a movie for their school’s festival, Twinkle sees it as her chance to finally leave her groundling status behind. Also, this gives her a perfect opportunity to get close to Sahil’s twin brother, Neil, the boy she’s had a crush on ever since she was young. As Twinkle begins to unleash her vision, she starts receiving anonymous emails from “N,” who claims to have a huge crush on her, and Twinkle is sure that it must be Neil Roy. But, as Twinkle begins to spend more time around his brother, Sahil, Twinkle becomes conflicted. Should she give up her longtime dream of becoming Neil’s girlfriend, or should she follow her heart?
From Twinkle, with Love is an adorable contemporary romance novel. I immediately adored how Twinkle’s voice was able to shine through her letters. She is an optimistic aspiring film maker who is a bit unsure of herself. As Twinkle begins to create her dream film that will launch her to ultimate stardom, she begins to lose herself in her newfound power as a director. Twinkle’s lack of self-confidence was explored in a very different way than many contemporary young adult novels. It isn’t because she is concerned about her looks that she needs to receive validation from the most popular boy in school. Instead, Twinkle’s struggle with self-esteem is much deeper and stems out of her relationship with her parents. I really liked how the author explored this dynamic.
All in all, I would recommend From Twinkle, with Love to fans of contemporary romance novels. It is well worth the read.
I received an advanced copy of From Twinkle, with Love from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Book
Title: From Twinkle, with Love Author: Sandhya Menon Year Published: May 2018 Received: Netgalley Recommend? Yes! Pages: Genres & Subjects: young adult, fiction, contemporary, romance, film, epistolary, high school
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