Book Review: From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Published in 2018

Genres: Contemporary, Romance

328 pages

4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

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.

My Review:

I definitely enjoyed this more than “When Dimple Met Rishi!” Whilst Twinkle might have had a silly approach to some aspects of her life, at times, I feel like she’s a character I could resonate with! I felt like she easily came to life in the book, and it was like I was reading her private letters where she poured all her feelings into them!

So, in saying that, the format of this book was fabulous, mostly being told entirely in letters! I love how Twinkle addressed them to her film director idols, I found it refreshing that she was so inspired for such a long time to make movies, and this book throughout definitely conveys that and more!

I really enjoyed, initially, the scenes with Twinkle and her best friend, but more so, throughout, I was just hoping that the two of them would have an honest to goodness chat! I liked her friend, though there were times when I thought she was being a bit petty towards Twinkle, though it was definitely satisfying seeing Twinkle express herself.

Which brings me to the writing! I adored it! It flowed so naturally and honestly made me feel like I was part of Twinkle’s life, and sharing her feelings, because I truly felt like I did share the majority of her feelings! And their was one scene in particular, with Twinkle and her mum, that really made me feel! I mean, Twinkle thinks that her mum doesn’t love her, and that its her fault for her mum not being able to farewell her own mother, I mean no one should think that! So the conversation that took place was particularly poignant here!

Whilst I don’t endorse some of the actions that Twinkle made throughout the book, I admired the fact that she wouldn’t take any masculine crap from anyone, and was never wanting to give up her goals!

Sahil is just a loveable, precious dork! I love how he took Twinkle just as she is, didn’t judge her or anything, and likes her for who she is! And I think he’s important in her life, he definitely aided her so she could realise that she herself, sans airs and graces, is a fabulous young woman. I loved their creativity as a professional team too, I mean, a gender reversed Dracula movie? Awesome! If anything I would’ve loved more of the technical and behind the camera descriptions, of what was being filmed.

However, I utterly enjoyed this book and it definitely made me break out in goofy grins throughout! Twinkle and Sahil are definitely memorable and this was really fun!

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