Title: FROM TWINKLE WITH LOVE
Author: Sandhya Menon
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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?
Thanks to Sandhya Menon for an eARC in exchange of an honest review.
Okay, where do I start? There’s too much because Desi kids in books is enough to leave me speechless. And Desi broke kid who’s all about film-making, friendship and cute boys? Really, what are WORDS? I’ve forgotten. This is too good.
The book follows Twinkle, a sixteen-year-old Indian-American girl who considers herself a groundling considering her socio-economic status, and her best friend a silk-feather-hat as she’s from a richer family (the names compared to Shakespeare’s stageplay’s audiences). She believes dating Neil, the star swimmer will elevate her status which will make Maddie her BFF again, but when she start making a film with Neil’s twin brother Sahil, she finds herself falling for her.
My first thought was ‘How do I understand Hindi without knowing I understand Hindi?’ Second thought: Damn, I relate to Twinkle too much. That being said, Twinkle does start out quite clueless and with not so strong personality. I mean, I know Maddie’s all that she believes she has, but doing everything for the sake of getting her BFF back is just desperate. But we get to see Twinkle transform into a fully independent self-loving character. And boy, did I love the snappy Twinkle ❤ All of the characters were equally relatable, quirky, developed to three-dimensional and realistic throughout the story.
The entire book kept me laughing, even at the sad moments because it was filled with clumsy quirky scenes. As it’s told through letters, it gives a look inside Twinkle’s thought process, and she’s one hilarious girl. So no matter what, it will keep you cracking up as you follow her through deciding who to fall for, or take pride in her match-making skills, or even the whole time she tries to find her true self.
(Shh! Don’t tell me how I’ve always loathed romcom) Lemme list why you should read this book:
- Told through letters to awesome female filmmakers
- Desi teen bashing the patriarchy
- She directs a freakin’ gender-bent Dracula remake!
- Cute ship
- Dadi. Yes, just Dadi.