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Publisher: Simon Pulse
Reviewer: Melissa on June 14, 2018
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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 Midsummer 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? Find out in From Twinkle, With Love by the one and only Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi.
From Twinkle, With Love is the kind of book that is swoony and addictive. Whenever you pick it up with the intention of reading a chapter or two, you’ll inevitably find yourself unable to put it down. At least that is my experience – I read it in its entirety in only a few sittings.
I thought that it would be more similar to When Dimple Met Rishi, mainly because I hadn’t bothered to read the description of the book. As the sophomoric book by the same author, I planned to read it regardless what it was about. But if you’re worried that it’ll be too similar – don’t. This book is about very different characters and told in a very different style. It’s an epistolary novel with letters from Twinkle to her fave female directors, blog posts by Sahil, albeit under a different name, text messages between Sahil and his friends Aaron and Skid, and notes passed back and forth between Twinkle and various classmates and friends. And it’s not an arranged marriage story.
But it does have some similarities in that Twinkle and her family represent the Desi community, Sahil and his brother Neil are half-Indian, and there are LGBTQIA+ folks among the cast of characters and black characters, too. In other words, for readers looking for #OwnVoices books that also depict a range of other minority characters, you’re sure to be impressed. Readers will be rooting for Twinkle to see her feelings for what they are from the very first chapter and for her to find a way to get out of her shell without becoming someone who she isn’t.
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