From Twinkle, with Love

From Twinkle, with Love

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 clo...

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  • Stacee

    I was full blown obsessed with Dimple, so I was pretty much screaming at the post office when this arc showed up.

    I loved Twinkle and Sahil. She’s smart and sassy and is working to be vocal. He’s sweet and adorable and working to be visible. They’re both feeling a bit neglected for different reasons and I loved watching them get closer. Twinkle does go through a period of icky and I wanted to just shake her, but her growth was perfect. However, it was Dadi who stole every scene she was in.

    Plot w

    I was full blown obsessed with Dimple, so I was pretty much screaming at the post office when this arc showed up.

    I loved Twinkle and Sahil. She’s smart and sassy and is working to be vocal. He’s sweet and adorable and working to be visible. They’re both feeling a bit neglected for different reasons and I loved watching them get closer. Twinkle does go through a period of icky and I wanted to just shake her, but her growth was perfect. However, it was Dadi who stole every scene she was in.

    Plot wise, I loved it. The format of letters, texts, emails, and journal entries was a great way to share the story. Added bonus was how it showed that there’s so much more to a person than what you see on the surface. There is some conflict and I could have done with a bunch more kissing, but it was a great mixture of sweetness, laughs, and heartfail.

    Overall, it was exactly what I wanted to read. The story was sweet and realistic and had characters I was rooting for right from the beginning. I can’t wait to see what Sandhya does next.

    **Huge thanks to Simon Pulse for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Trina (Between Chapters)

    I adored this! Loved the romance and the examination of ego, expectations, and friendships.

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    This is absolutely one of my new all-time favorite YA contemporaries! I stalled on reading it because I thought it would be in the format of a bunch of short letters and I can never really get into those type of books... But it ended up reading like a regular story and I loved it all.

    Twinkle is a teen girl who's super into filmmaking and decides to direct a gender-swapped version of Frankenstein for an arts festival. A guy who likes her is helping to produce the movie, but Twinkle keeps imaginin

    This is absolutely one of my new all-time favorite YA contemporaries! I stalled on reading it because I thought it would be in the format of a bunch of short letters and I can never really get into those type of books... But it ended up reading like a regular story and I loved it all.

    Twinkle is a teen girl who's super into filmmaking and decides to direct a gender-swapped version of Frankenstein for an arts festival. A guy who likes her is helping to produce the movie, but Twinkle keeps imagining herself with his popular, athletic twin brother instead. Twinkle's best friend has started to drift away towards a group of more popular girls, so "shiny future Twinkle" with her ideal boyfriend & movie will get everyone's attention and stop being overlooked. Throughout the story Twinkle learns how to speak up even if she's scared, stand up for herself, confront people in a respectful & productive way, be more comfortable with herself, own up to her mistakes, and use her voice for good.

    The whole story is completely adorable, uplifting, empowering, and just plain fun to read. Twinkle's personality really comes through and she's easily one of my favorite YA characters now! She seems poor in contrast to her extremely wealthy classmates, but it's more like she has a life that's completely realistic & relatable for a change. She's ashamed at times that her parents can't pay for college, she doesn't have a car or a phone, and can't afford an iced mocha... which seems like almost every teen I've ever known in real life.

    Actually, all of the characters feel super realistic and have depth. It's just so great to see a story FULL of intelligent, articulate, regular teens who are passionate about their interests. And everyone is equally human and nobody is reduced to a cliche stereotype that rings hollow. Twinkle's narration manages to convey her frustration with not fitting in without villainizing the "other." The popular, wealthy kids are all very complex, flawed people who are also in the process of growing and figuring out life. It's like the story really respects the reader and trusts they can handle not having things overly simplified into "good" and "bad."

    This is one of those rare books I wanted to reread right away when I finished. Obviously the film student in me loves seeing the filmmaking bits, but Twinkle's character is what really makes me love this. She grows so much over the course of the story and it's all

    well done. Twinkle finally gets the power to have her voice heard and has to decide if she'd rather force everyone to publicly face their mistakes or use that same platform to bring people together instead. The whole story comes from such a wonderfully grounded, compassionate, observant, aware, and mature perspective of people/life/etc. I'm quite excited to see what Sandhya Menon does next!

    (PS this is definitely one of my top 10 reads of 2018 as well.)

  • Berit☀️✨

    This was a fun, adorable, sweet, YA contemporary that had me smiling the entire book.... there is something so readable about this author’s writing style.... in both this book and ”When Dimple Met Ricci” The characters were brought so amazingly to life....

    Twinkle feels like lo woman on the social totem pole... in fact she refers to her self as a “groundling”... and the popular people are referred to as something to do with silk feathered hats.... Twinkle’s ultimate drea

    This was a fun, adorable, sweet, YA contemporary that had me smiling the entire book.... there is something so readable about this author’s writing style.... in both this book and ”When Dimple Met Ricci” The characters were brought so amazingly to life....

    Twinkle feels like lo woman on the social totem pole... in fact she refers to her self as a “groundling”... and the popular people are referred to as something to do with silk feathered hats.... Twinkle’s ultimate dream in life is to become a movie director, she idolizes all female movie directors... in fact this book is written in letter form, with twinkle writing letters to multiple different female movie directors... a epistolary novel...

    Twinkle was a likable, real, naïve, and sometimes very frustrating teenage girl.... she somehow got herself into a love Square... Sahil the boy who has been crushing on her since he was 11, a secret admirer, and then the boy she has a crush on... Sahil’s twin brother Neil...Sahil was super adorable both inside and out, his twin on the other hand? Twinkle really drove me crazy in this situation... and the fact that she did not have a mother to talk to drove me even more crazy(The jury is still out on mom).... then we have supposed BFF Maddie... first of all I hate the mean girl trope... but Maddie was not being a good friend... and whose to blame?Maddie! not her new group of friends...Ugh! Twinkle really needed a big sister, because mom was so busy pouting or something.... drove me nuts! As I was reading this I was coming up with all kinds of brilliant words of wisdom I should pass on to Twinkle, if I ever were to have the chance.... The biggest of these things being high school is only four years of your life, so in the big scope of life it doesn’t matter who you sit by at lunch in high school... oh and probably more important... date the nice guy you have things in common with, not the hot guy you have nothing in common with! And in this case they are twins, so what’s the problem here?

    As you can probably tell I got quite invested in Twinkle and her life... so do I recommend? Absolutely! Fabulous book with some lessons learned at the end, that I really appreciated! Things aren’t always as they seem and the popular feather hat wearing people have problems as well... if you are a parent I’d recommend for kids 12 and up, this is a very clean read...

    *** many thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for my copy of this book ***

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries

    There are some

    to this book. It features an Indian protagonist who is incredibly feminist and her views on the world and the patriarchy are so refreshing, and sweet, and really lovely. I loved the passion she felt for her filmmaking and the fact that she wanted to become a filmmaker so that she could change the world.

    I also really loved Sahil for his geekiness and his full support of her vision. Whenever she goes on rants about the patriarchy, he doesn't ev

    There are some

    to this book. It features an Indian protagonist who is incredibly feminist and her views on the world and the patriarchy are so refreshing, and sweet, and really lovely. I loved the passion she felt for her filmmaking and the fact that she wanted to become a filmmaker so that she could change the world.

    I also really loved Sahil for his geekiness and his full support of her vision. Whenever she goes on rants about the patriarchy, he doesn't even miss a beat, and I loved that, too, as I'm always saying that YA contemporary stories need more feminist guys!

    All of the good stuff aside, I personally could not get into this book. The first 15-20% was

    - I laughed out loud multiple times, smiled from ear to ear, and it gave me all the warm fuzzies. Once it hit about the 20% mark, though, Twinkle became a little bit unbearable. Unfortunately, this is a complaint I have heard

    times about Sandhya Menon's debut novel's protagonist, too, but I haven't read that one and can't comment on the comparisons.

    Twinkle becomes really

    regarding not only her filmmaking (such as getting into multiple arguments with Sahil over minor things like props, totally belittling his opinions as he's "just the producer", and then never apologizing for it even though she admits to herself that she was being unfair), but also her relationship with Sahil. It's brutally obvious from the beginning that he has feelings for her, and even when she recognizes them and starts to reciprocate, she drags him along and treats him pretty poorly, all because his twin brother (who hardly knows she exists) is a "popular kid" and she wants to get in with the popular group.

    Between her attitude, and the fact that the plot itself was

    bland outside of her exchanges with Sahil or her grandmother (the only likable characters in the book, truly), I finally had to call it a day on this one at 51%. I'm still giving it 3 stars because, like I said, it has some very important values to offer, but all in all, it was definitely not for me.

    One last thing: the writing and dialogue are both

    "young". Twinkle is supposed to be 16, surrounded by 17-year-olds, as far as I understand, but I constantly found myself thinking these teens (aside from Sahil) act like they're more in the 13-14 range. That said, I did not take any points off because

    (after all, teens

    young people!), but if you don't like that writing style, I'd pass on this one.

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  • Lola

    Speaking of stars, Twinkle does not wish to become an actress or a singer. Instead, she wants to grow into a successful and recognized Indian-American female filmmaker who shakes the world with her powerful ideas.

    She dreams big, and I love that about her. There’s nothing wrong with having what seem to be unreachable goals. I am one of those cheesy firm believers that you can achieve anything as long as you have a plan and a ton of passion.

    And Twinkle certainly does.

    Speaking of stars, Twinkle does not wish to become an actress or a singer. Instead, she wants to grow into a successful and recognized Indian-American female filmmaker who shakes the world with her powerful ideas.

    She dreams big, and I love that about her. There’s nothing wrong with having what seem to be unreachable goals. I am one of those cheesy firm believers that you can achieve anything as long as you have a plan and a ton of passion.

    And Twinkle certainly does. In fact, she’s on the right path. This month, she will be gaining much experience in filmmaking since she will be directing a low-budget movie with Sahil Roy, the half-Indian twin of her ultimate school crush, Neil Roy.

    Now, you might be thinking, ‘‘Ah, a love-triangle this way comes,’’ but alas you’re wrong… It’s a love square. But hold on before you make an annoyed face. Even if Twinkle is pursuing a guy, and other guys are pursuing *her*, she’s not some silly girl who will go out with anyone because guys are what she thinks about every day.

    I admit she is a little, no a *lot* clueless when it comes to the concept of love, seeing that she misses all the hints boys give her and the foundation of her crush on Neil Roy is not solid at all. Oh well, Neil’s not all that great and swoon-worthy to begin with. In a way, Twinkle is the typical teenage girl on the grounds that she wants to be known not only as a filmmaker, but as the girlfriend of the most popular boy in school. Déjà vu x 1000.

    So this book isn’t perfect, since it does rely on some tropes. Though, you know what? Despite the love square situation, I enjoyed the romance. Neil Roy’s twin, with whom she is working for the film project, is a sweetheart and watching them spend time together really warmed my heart. Both of them are awkward, nerdy and passionate individuals who learn a lot from each other.

    And while the friendship drama between Twinkle and Maddie is predictable, unfortunate, lacking back-story and introduces a mean girls group, these things happen in real life all the time, especially to young adults. It was actually interesting to see their friendship go up and down, up and down, up and down, even if I wanted to tell Twinkle to find herself a new girlfriend every other chapter.

    The storyline of this one is very different from

    ’s, and yet you’ll recognize the author’s style, which consists of a light tone, humorous scenes and a charming and diverse set of characters.

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  • Heather 'Bookables'

    I don’t think I loved it quite as much as Dimple but it was still an adorable YA read I would recommend!

    I love also how Twinkle aspires to be a filmmaker, how awesome is that?

    My rating:⭐⭐⭐1/2

    I don’t think I loved it quite as much as Dimple but it was still an adorable YA read I would recommend!

    I love also how Twinkle aspires to be a filmmaker, how awesome is that?

    My rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

  • C.G. Drews

    And also self five @ me for reading my eARC on time instead of 7 years late, I'm so proud. Anyway full review to come, but for now:

  • twinkle

    THE MAIN CHARACTER WILL HAVE MY NAME. FUCKKDKFKDMFNR IM SCREAMING. THIS IS SO BROWN LOL

  • Alyssa

    OMG it's almost like Menon is going to go through all of the Khanna women's names! I love it. :D

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