Review: From Twinkle, With Love (Sandhya Menon) #DiverseReads


Blurb from Goodreads:

Three starred reviews for this charming romantic comedy about an aspiring teen filmmaker who finds her voice and falls in love, from the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi.

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 comes 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.




This is honestly my first time reading Sandhya Menon’s book. I push myself while reading this because I want to understand the hype of her debut, When Dimple Met Rishi. Unfortunately, I am not impressed by this story.

The main character, Twinkle is a bit unbearable to begin with. The fact that she is 16 years old, she does things stupidly sometimes. I simply cannot stand with her. The plot is pretty much bland, with so little sparks, specialty and surprises.

I don’t know guys, maybe I just have to take a break from reading contemporary novels like this because mostly YA contemporaries follow the similar, cliché and repetitive endings. Like any teen, Twinkle faces parental expectations, peer pressure problems and also puppy love.

Apart from that, Twinkle is an aspiring Indian-American filmmaker who dreams high and wishes to pursue her career in film industry. She writes a series of “dear diary” to her respective idols who are her favourite female filmmakers. She is passionate in doing what she loves and protective when people criticises and demotivates her work.

From Twinkle, With Love has such important and remarkable points and issues for younger audiences to learn about. I think I will appreciate this better, when I read this in the right time and space.

I will love to give other Sandhya Menon’s book a try so, I look forward to read When Dimple Met Rishi next time!






2 thoughts on “Review: From Twinkle, With Love (Sandhya Menon) #DiverseReads

  1. I liked her book, When Dimple Met Rishi. It’s very rom-com but somethings were hard to believe happened. While I liked her first book, I did find issues with it. Like, a LOT of girl hate. I fear that From Twinkle, With Love may follow a similar plot formula and be more fluff than I can handle right now.


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