Title: From Twinkle, With Love
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Hodder & Staughton
Pub date: May 22nd 2018
‘Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories to tell and universes to explore – if only the world would listen. So when nerdy classmate and fellow film-obsessive Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a film for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle can’t wait.
The chance to showcase her artistic voice?
Dream come true.
The opportunity to get closer to longtime crush, Neil Roy-aka Sahil’s twin brother?
Dream come even truer.
When Twinkle receives an email from a secret admirer – the mysterious ‘N’ – she is sure it’s Neil, finally ready for their happy ending.
The only problem is that, in the course of their movie-making, she has found herself falling for Sahil – the wrong brother.
Twinkle soon realises that resistance is futile:
The romance she’s got isn’t the one she scripted…
But will it be enough?’
I intended to read From Twinkle, With Love for an hour or so… and ended up not being able to put it down. I confess that I don’t tend to read a huge amount of contemporary YA fiction, but I had heard good things about this novel and the author and knew the book was one that I had to try.
Twinkle initially reads as quite young for her sixteen years compared to other characters in the story, though it’s acknowledged that she is younger than her peers and it’s true that often the younger students in a year reach some senses of emotional maturity later than others. This seems very much the case with Twinkle, who is clearly clever but lacking some of the maturity of the various social groups in the story. This is not to say that the others necessarily are truly more grown-up, as we see the majority of the narrative through Twinkle’s eyes and are subject to her insecurities and uncertainties more than anyone else’s. She’s a likeable character, who has clear goals and good intentions, but she also seems to have little understanding of the emotions of people around her, leading her to make assumptions and mistakes that end up hurting her and those she cares about. It’s easy to become frustrated with her as the story unfolds, yet she is not intentionally nasty and eventually learns from her mistakes, keeping the reader on her side for much of the time.
What I loved most about the novel was Twinkle’s family and how her understanding of them develops as she learns more about the choices they have made so that she is in a position to have her dreams within reach.
An enjoyable read!
I received an ARC of From Twinkle, With Love from NetGalley and the publisher.