My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sometimes in life you just need to let yourself read a fluffy, happy, sunshiney contemporary book and last year my favourite contemporary read was “When Dimple met Rishi”. I loved it so much as soon as “From Twinkle, with Love” was announced I pre-ordered it straight away. I still couldn’t resist requesting it on Netgalley as well and I definitely did a happy dance when I got the notification that I was approved.
“From Twinkle, with Love” follows Twinkle Mehra, an aspiring filmmaker with a huge amount of ambition and talent and a massive crush on swim-superstar Neil Roy, but when she is approached by Neil’s twin brother Sahil to direct a film for the upcoming Summer festival, Twinkle starts to fall for the other Roy brother.
I loved how cute this book was. The characters all seemed genuinely high school age, they weren’t trying to be older than they are and the things they were concerned with were all refreshingly normal.
Twinkle’s family dynamic was also a strong factor to the book, helping to explain the attitude problem she has at times. Whilst her relationship with her parents was complicated, the constant unwavering love from Dadi was beautiful and she stole the scene whenever she appeared.
The romance between Twinkle and Sahil was heart meltingly adorable and I read most of the book desperate for Twinkle to come to her senses and drop her fixation with boring athlete Neil and fall head over heels for nerdy, film obssessed, devoted Sahil instead.
The cultural identity of this book is so strong, as it was for “Dimple”, and whilst it’s not Sandhya Menon’s job to teach us about Indian culture, I enjoy being able to read a book in which the culture is so integral to the story because you do end up learning a lot. More importantly, it’s so vital and wonderful that many young people will see themselves represented in this book where previously they haven’t been.
“From Twinkle, with Love” is a must read book for the summer if you love fun, flirty contemporary reads.