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Review: From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon

August 13, 2018
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 longtime crush, Neil Roy—aka 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 in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

 

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she 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.

 

Taken from https://www.sandhyamenon.com.

 

If you read my post 5 Reading Slump Tricks for People with Anxiety & Depression then you know I find letter formats easier to read so it didn’t take me long to get through this. I was expecting something light and fun and this book delivered on that, but it was a mixed bag. Some moments for Sahil and Twinkle were grating on my nerves, but I’m going to attribute that to having had young friends who were self-absorbed. (Which is usually why I don’t have such young friends anymore.) I should really say the author knows how to write teenagers in a very believable way.

Twinkle is not one of the popular girls and I honestly don’t know how she made it to high school still going by Twinkle. She didn’t have the shield of popularity and her name is wide open for teasing. But, let’s get past that as it’s not really a big deal in the book. Twinkle has the hots for popular boy Neil who’s off to swim camp. I’m not into the athletics so I may have skimmed over that. The point is that he is not in picture for most of the book. Meanwhile, Sahil, Neil’s geek brother, starts to get cozy with Twinkle.

This is all pretty standard for a teenage romance, especially that everyone around Twinkle is super rich while she languishes in poverty without so much as her own cell phone. So she is pretty lucky to have one of those rich boys producing her movie so she can get legit movie props and costumes. This setup causes some tension, Sahil feels a bit entitled to choose some of the items since he’s paying for them, but Twinkle has her vision and his tastes are just not it. All of this build up leads to Twinkle’s overall realization that standing up for yourself is not equal to being a jerk.

This book is what I call a “cupcake.” It’s light, fluffy, and sweet. There’s a bit of drama, but nothing too deep. This is the sort of book I would take on a car ride, on a picnic, or to the beach. It’s bite-sized letter format allows you to break off whenever you need to without losing your place and you won’t need to be 100% distraction free to enjoy it and follow the story. It’s a little too romance-centric for me and Twinkle not knowing who her secret admirer was bothered me, but I would definitely recommend it for romance readers looking for a cute, light read.

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