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ARC Review: From Twinkle, with Love – Sandhya Menon

From Twinkle, with LoveAspiring 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 a copy of From Twinkle, with Love from the author. I had enjoyed Sandhya Menon’s other book When Dimple Met Rishi, even though there were some parts I didn’t like quite as much. I really like reading stories told through letters, so I was really excited to be offered the chance to read the ARC. 

This book is #ownvoices for Indian American representation.


Sandhya always manages to create some laugh-out-loud moments in her writing. There are just lines and phrases where you can’t help but smile, and it’s a lovely thing to come across.

Twinkle makes mistakes. She is after all not perfect, which is realistic. And, in this book, the problematic things she does are called out. This showed great character development, and also portrayed teenagers very well.

One huge part where I felt very represented was the scene with the apology. It’s something that I’ve experienced with my family, and it was so surprising to find that in a book.

I would have liked to have gained more insight as to why exactly Twinkle was writing to each specific person in the letters. It was mentioned sometimes, but other times, I didn’t know the person and nor did I find out how the person was (or if they even were) connected to that part of the story.

Some phrases alluded to there only being two genders in the world, as a movie created in the story says that all roles are gender-swapped. There are also some ableist terms in this book.


From Twinkle, with Love is a cute romance. I loved how the story evolved and I had a fun time reading it!

4-stars
4 stars

Are you going to read From Twinkle with Love? Have you read any other books by Sandhya Menon? What did you think of them?

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2 thoughts on “ARC Review: From Twinkle, with Love – Sandhya Menon

  1. I have mixed feelings about epistolary novels. They are pretty rare nowadays! It sounds like the author carries it well though. I meant to read When Dimple Met Rishi but I never picked it up – I think I was waiting for the price to come down then just forgot about it. I might wait till the summer then read it – it feels like that kind of book!

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