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Monday, May 21, 2018

Flawed Girls & Precious Boys: From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

FROM TWINKLE, WITH LOVE

by Sandhya Menon
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 29th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷
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Sandhya Menon's debut, When Dimple Met Rishi, was a book I loved with every fiber of my being last year. I couldn't wait to get my hands on From Twinkle, With Love. The minute I had the book in my hands, I jumped to read it. As with When Dimple Met Rishi, this book epitomized everything I adore in a feel-good rom-com, that was also a story about growing up.

The star of this book is without a doubt Twinkle. She is not a straightforward character and I absolutely loved that about her. Most of you guys know how much of a sucker I am for flawed characters, especially flawed teen characters. Twinkle was the perfect example of the kind of imperfect characters I love in my books. She screws up a lot during the course of the book, but she learns from her mistakes and rises up much stronger than she was at the beginning. You get to see so many facets of her personality. There was her goal-oriented, talented, big-hearted side, and on the opposite end, there was her angry side which we get to see frequently. I loved every part of her complex personality. I also adored how she found comfort in writing letters to her favorite female filmmakers. I found that to be a charming and compelling aspect of From Twinkle, With Love.

Twinkle's family members also made for a fantastic addition to the story. Sandhya Menon portrays what life is like for a family of Indian immigrants and she does it beautifully. You see the ups and downs and the cultural blends. I saw many elements of my own family life in Twinkle's family and you guys have no idea how good it feels to have you depicted in a book like that. Every member of her family was fabulous, but Twinkle's Dadi (grandmother) was especially precious, and I loved the bond between them. From Twinkle, With Love also explored complicated friendships. Twinkle's shaky relationship with Maddie, was a strong focus of the story and was yet another element written with a lot of tact. I honestly liked so much about From Twinkle, With Love, but my favorite was Sahil, who is quite possibly the cutest YA love interest EVER. Sahil made my heart so so happy. He has had a crush on Twinkle for the longest time, but she has had her eyes on his twin brother. Twinkle finally begins to see him for the perfect guy that he is in this book, and oh gosh! <3 I just wanted to squish these two together because I shipped them hard. I don't know how Sandhya Menon continues to write boys who turn me into a possessive reader who side-eyes anyone who wants to claim them as their book-boyfriends. ;)

If you enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi, you will have no trouble falling for Twinkle, Sahil and the wonderful cast of characters. I can't wait for more Sandhya Menon books in my life!

Who are some of your favorite female filmmakers?
Let me know in the comments below!




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