Another month, another OwlCrate subscription box.
This month’s OwlCrate book, From Twinkle, with Love, is a bit out of my reading comfort zone, given that it is a contemporary YA romance.
Did From Twinkle, with Love give me a new appreciation for the contemporary genre? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 22, 2018)
Print Length: 336 pages
Audiobook Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
Narrator: Soneela Nankani, Vikas Adam
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?
While From Twinkle, with Love showcased a diverse cast of characters and important dialogue in the fight for inclusion, the main character and love triangle hinder an otherwise fun read.
From Twinkle, with Love tells the contemporary story of Twinkle Mehra, an aspiring filmmaker who agrees to collaborate on a gender bent version of Dracula with Sahil Roy, twin brother of her longtime crush, Neil Roy.
The way in which Menon chose to structure From Twinkle, with Love was a rather ingenious choice made by the author. In the form of diary entries, addressed to Twinkle’s favourite famous female directors, a blog, texts, and emails, each characters personalities were able to shine through their writing. I also rather enjoyed how diverse each of Menon’s characters were. Among these characters were Indian-American teens Twinkle, Sahil, and Neil, and Japanese-American Maddie. What was the best part of the diversity however was the fact that you knew the characters heritage but it wasn’t the sole focus of any of the characters progressions.
However, with that said, the reason I couldn’t rate From Twinkle, with Love higher is because of its titular character. While I enjoyed Twinkle’s ambition and work ethic, she was rather unbearable when she didn’t get her way. I didn’t quite grasp why she thought ‘N’ was Neil as he was really only mentioned in passing, and it was clear that Sahil was the better ‘choice.’ I also really didn’t enjoy her struggle with whether or not to release the behind the scene footage shot at a high school party. One of Twinkle’s goals is to be accepted by the silk feathered hats, so to me, the release of footage that pits those hats against one another would lead me, if I was the character, to assume that ins’t the right way to leave the groundling life behind.
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon. Have any YA contemporary recommendations? Leave your recommendation below and help my TBR grow.