Wednesday, May 16, 2018

From Twinkle, With Love Review


*I was provided the arc for free for an honest review from Simon and Shuster Children's Publishing and Simon Pulse*

Title: From Twinkle, With Love
Author: Sandhya Menon
Genre: Young adult contemporary romance
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: May 22nd 2018
Pages: 336
My 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? 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.

Fluffy young adult contemporary about a girl learning who she is.

Twinkle is a young aspiring director. She is a nerd and often very insecure about herself. She is hoping that becoming a director one day will make her the person she has always dreamed of being. Twinkle wants to stand out more than anything in life. So when young Sahil approaches her at school to direct her first ever movie she is in. Twinkle has had a crush on Sahil's twin brother for as long as she can remember so things get pretty strange when she starts to have feelings towards Sahil. 

The novel is told through letters to Twinkle's favorite female directors which I absolutely loved and thought was incredibly unique. All the drama in this novel and the love triangles are extremely predictable. When I read books I like to be on the edge of my seat just a little bit and this novel did not do that for me. There were scenes where I did find myself laughing and liking a lot. The overall concept I thought was pretty creative it just didn't give me that feeling I usually get during amazing books. It was pretty average to me. Twinkle got to be extremely annoying and felt even more juvenile than a teenager at times. Sometimes, I even got so angry with her I felt like strangling her. How did she not see right away that Sahil was the better choice for her? Everything that I thought was going to happen in this book did. As far as characters my favorite was Dadi, her Indian grandmother. The novel did have amazing diversity representation as far as culture. Twinkle comes from an Indian family. As far as who I would recommend this book for... if you are looking for a light, fluffy, predictable, contemporary this one is for you. It wasn't my favorite book ever but I didn't hate it. At least Twinkle corrected all her flaws in the end and this shows how you grow over time as a teenager.
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Sandhya Menon

NYT-bestselling author of light, bright, diverse YA. Hiding behind my coffee cup, eavesdropping on your conversations.
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