Book #66: From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

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.

I read this book for a club read a previous month (I know, I’m slacking in my reviews). It was a big deal in the club. Most of them were excited about the contemporary book. Add that the MC is of Indian descent and it is an instant hit with the club I’m in.

I have to say that this book was okay. I’ve been reading more and more contemporary lately and yet I can’t say that the genre itself is a favorite. There are hits, misses, and “eh, it was okay.”

For me, Twinkle was an “eh, it was okay.” I honestly didn’t care for the MC as a person, though I could definitely relate to her. It was one of those cases of hating something you are. Needless to say, I could see my own negative traits in her and it bothered me.
For that, I do think the book was interesting. It made me do some introspective thought. But, for a story as a whole? Eh, it was okay.

I did, however, like the love interest. He was adorable, down to Earth, and the kind of guy I would have probably dated after getting to know him. I loved the references to old school horror films and the concept of teens making a movie was good. Though I wish there was more of the filming process than what was given.

All in all, for the contemporary reader, it is decent fluff. For me, it was okay.
Final Rating: 3/5

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