Publish Date : 5/22/18
Author: Sandhya Menon
Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received an advanced copy of From Twinkle with Love Houses from Netgalley, Simon Pulse, and author Sandhya Menon in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by those mentioned above.
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Here is another book that took me a while to read. Grad school and life events are really consuming my free time. I would have read this so much faster if it wasn’t for my busy life. It’s a great book so don’t think the timeframe correlates with its value!
I read Menon’s previous YA novel, When Dimple Met Rishi and this is very similiar but not in a bad way. The characters are new and fresh. It has the same descriptive writing style and you are well aware of the characters’ thoughts and feelings. Like her previous book, it is a bit predictable but it did not stop me from enjoying the read.
Sahil is a very likable character (charming like Rishi) and Twinkle fights her feelings towards him (just like Dimple). I wish there was more freshness to this but without the comparisons of similarities, I liked it just as well. I loved Dadi (Twinkle’s grandmother). She is so eccentric yet you get a sense of what she says is always important no matter how cryptic it may be.
The book followed normal teenage emotions that come with social cliques, friend loss, jealousy, crushes, etc. It was very relatable and I think teenagers will be able to find something that they can relate to with at least one of the characters. Twinkle’s changes throughout the story will are real enough for teenagers to identify with. I feel like we’ve all done something not so sincere and believed in our reasons behind it. Our reasoning behind the bad actions had justifiable causes to us at the time. I’m a firm believer in doing what you want for yourself but sometimes it’s good to listen to what other people see because we can all be blinded by our own selfish feelings. Sahil’s love and perspective never strayed from Twinkle during these times and he can be seen as the perfect teenage boyfriend where Twinkle can be seen as any other teenage girl trying to find herself. Even with her flaws and mistakes, she is a relatable character that you as the reader feel for and understand.
This was a great book.