Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 22, 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 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.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
I had very high hopes going into From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon, since When Dimple Met Rishi is one of my favourite reads. It is safe to say that I was not disappointed, and I really enjoyed this story all about filmmaking. Twinkle is awkward and relatable, and the letters make for a unique format. Fans of rom-coms will no doubt love Menon’s latest novel.
This book tells the story of an aspiring filmmaker who directs her first movie with her crush’s twin brother. However, the plot thickens when she starts receiving emails from a secret admirer who sounds a lot like her crush, just as she’s starting to fall for his brother. I loved how the story has the perfect mix of fluff and drama. There are some great messages in the book, and it is truly empowering. After reading this, I would definitely love to see more books about female filmmakers.
Sandhya Menon is a queen of characterization. Twinkle is perfectly awkward, and she has just the right amount of sass. She is pretty insecure at the beginning of the book, but she really comes a long way as the story progresses. I could definitely feel her struggles as she tries so hard to showcase her talents as well as deal with friend drama at school. Overall, Twinkle is a relatable main character with an incredible voice that captivated me.
I adored the format of this book. The story is told through letters to Twinkle’s favourite female filmmakers, and this concept is so original. It is kind of like a diary, but to the people who fuel her passion. As well as the letters, we also get emails and text messages which really enhance the story. I also enjoyed the tidbits of Sahil’s perspective, since reading his thoughts towards Twinkle is so adorable.
From Twinkle, With Love is a rom-com about filmmaking and self-discovery. I loved the sassy main character and the original formatting. Definitely add this book to your summer TBR!