Title: From Twinkle. With Love
Author: Sandhya Menon
Rating: ★★★★☆(4.5 Stars)
Publisher: SImon Pulse
Release Date: May 22, 2018
“There are two types of people: those who kiss and tell and those who kiss and run. I would like to be the former, but sadly, due to my kissing partner, I have been forced to become the latter.”
So, I kinda hope Sandhya Menon comes out with a new hilarious contemporary every summer for the rest of my life because they are always so enjoyable. From Twinkle, With Love follows aspiring filmmaker Twinkle Mehra as she aims to shot a short film for the end of the school-year assembly and finally be seen. Hilarity and frustrations ensue in this addicting read.
Things I Liked
So I really loved the writing style in Twinkle! I love that the story is a journal format, it makes it super easy to read. But I also liked that Twinkle was writing to some of her favorite female directions too. Journal formats always showcase personality incredibly well, so it was super easy to know Twinkle. I also liked getting a of Sahil showcased in other formats as well.
So I loved Sahil. He’s just fantastic, and so much better than Neil. Sahil is just such a swoony sweetheart whose dealing with his own insecurities and his love for film, like Twinkle.
I surprising liked Victoria. When she was introduced I kind of expected her to be a mean girl crooney, but Sandhya ended that stereotype real quick. She’s a genuinely nice and bubbly person.
Things I Didn’t Like
I have some conflicting feelings about Twinkle, and while I loved her 90% of the time, my biggest issues with the story, and why I dropped a half star, are related to her character. I thought Twinkle’s reasons for liking Neil were pretty shallow – she wanted the elevated social status he would give her and that was it. She also got a little high-and-mighty when she realized her power as a director and just wouldn’t have been the funnest person to be around.
Even with my minor grips with the titular character, I still loved this story a ton! I’m trying to refrain from comparing the story to Dimple’s because both can and should be celebrated for their individualities. From Twinkle, With Love crafts a laugh-out-loud high school story with an adorably sweet romance and lovely real characters- flaws and all.
I received a copy of the book from Simon Pulse via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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