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From Twinkle, with Love

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From Twinkle, with Love is in my top favorites from 2018. My students love reading this one and discussing it. Menon has an amazing gift at developing her characters and moving the plot forward without being too predictable.
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I lived for the previous installments of these books, but From Twinkle, with Love miiiiight just be my new favorite. Twinkle was such a fun, lovable MC, and I found this story to be incredibly heartwarming and beautiful. This series is one that I absolutely recommend to friends and customers, and Twinkle is probably one that I'll personally reach for the most! 

Absolutely love this series!

*thank you so much to the Publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book!*
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***3.5 STARS***

Review is scheduled to post on Thursday 4/30/2020 at 8am EST 

My Review...

This is the part where I tell on myself...I have not read When Dimple Met Rishi. I still don't know If I missed an Easter egg or two reading this one first but it doesn't feel like it. I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook version, this is a story of a young aspiring filmmaker who happens to be a self appointed wallflower. Twinkle Mehra has big dreams of becoming a big time film maker but she has yet to find her voice. We follow her as she makes mistakes, gets grounded/humbled in the things that matter most, and also falls in love. Twinkle is not a like-able MC, she managed to get a few eye rolls from me but I also smiled a ton. Having always been cast aside by the in crowd & her long time BFF, she can come across as a bit defensive. We see her take on the project of co-producing a film & navigating the changes in her closest relationships. Female/female friendship dynamics aren't often discussed in YA books, I appreciated seeing the good & the ugly. Twinkle doesn't seem to like change but her big dreams call on her to see things differently. Most of all, staying true to herself is the biggest challenge. This being a contemporary romance, we get introduced to Twinkle's love interest. Unlike other YA Contemporary book boyfriends, I found Sahil to be very caring & just an overall nice guy. He values Twinkle for what she brings to the table the minute she expresses her ideas for the film they're co-producing w/out hesitation. They work well together but above all else what makes him stand out is that he wasn't with letting Twinkle stoop to lower levels. He stood up for his beliefs & let her know when she wasn't being a good friend.

This book also touched on the effects of having two parents in the home that are more work oriented. Twinkle harbors some resentment towards her mother for her often times physical absence. She takes this to mean that her dreams in film making aren't supported. there were some really good talks in there. My favorite side character is Dadi, Twinkle's grandmother who has a whole VIBE to her. She believes in astrology & gives Twinkle subliminal advice/messages she received. Dadi is over all the cool grandmother I would've LOVED to have had. What I loved most about this story is that it's told in the format of letters Twinkle writes to some of her favorite female film makers. This added a authentic feel for Twinkles love of film & everything that about that world. I absolutely will read When Dimple Met Rishi since I see it's the first in a series & already got a look at the third book!  *Heart eyes*
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This book was such a page turner! Sandhya Menon’s characters are so spunky and sassy, and I love everything about them. The premise of this book was great, and it was hilariously executed.
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I absolutely adored reading From Twinkle, with Love! Twinkle tells her story through journal entries addressed to her favorite female filmmakers as she wants to be a director someday. This was such a fun format and I loved how we saw a little of love interest Sahil’s POV through text messages and blog entries too. Such good stuff! Also, Sahil is just the sweetest—he’s so supportive and nerdy and wow I just loved him. And Twinkle’s character development was so great throughout the novel!
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DNF'd at 41%

I'm really sad about this, but I just can't read this anymore. I enjoyed Menon's first book a lot, but this didn't feel the same for me. I loved Sahil and his relationship with Twinkle, but I didn't like how Twinkle was with him. And I really didn't like the Maddie stuff at all. I don't know if this is something I would have loved when I was a teen, but as way past my teen years, I have to know when to cut my losses and this is a loss for me. Maybe someday I will try it again, but I just have a feeling this isn't a book that is for me. Make sure though you check other reviewers because there are plenty of people that loved this one. And if this isn't for you check out Menon's first book, When Dimple Met Rishi. That was uber cute!
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Twinkle Mehra wants to be a filmmaker and be able to tell stories to the world - stories that really matter. She is super excited when fellow film geek Sahil Roy brings up the idea of making a movie for their school's Summer Festival. It's a dream come true! Plus, it might mean that she gets to spend time with Neil - Sahil's twin brother and the guy she's had a crush on since forever. And also maybe it'll help her reconnect with Maddie, her used-to-be-best-friend who has been super distant lately. 

But then she starts getting emails from a secret admirer and Twinkle is positive that it's Neil, finally ready to confess his feelings. Only... now she's really falling for Sahil! And Maddie is still being a lot different than she used to be, and her parents just don't get what it's like to be the only teen in school without a cell phone! What's a girl to do?!

My Notes: I loved the author's other title, but this one wasn't as good for me as "When Dimple Met Rishi." I had a hard time with a lot of the choices she made, and I just didn't find her very likable a lot of the time. 

*Thanks to NetGalley for the eARC of this title!*
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Very cute, fun, and charming. I adored all the characters and fell in love with the love story right away. A must read for YA contemporary fans! Love the diversity as well!
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I love the authors writing style and the way she develops her characters. It’s also so wonderful to read about Indian main characters as they are not often featured in YA.
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Such a sweet and uplifting book! The characters felt very real and the book had great pacing as well. I appreciated that it didn't shy away from tackling teen issues (in an authentic way), but at the same time, didn't get bogged down in judgement. I already purchased this for my library and it won't stay on the shelf.  Teens love it!
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I loved the diversity. I love that the main character wants to be a famous indian-american film maker rather than all the other contemporaries where they want to be singers or actresses. It was a really cute read
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I love everything by sandhya me in so i am not surprised i loved this as well! when dimple met reshi is one of my all time favorite books!
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Twinkle is an aspiring film director that makes a gender bender Dracula for her schools end of the year talent show, A Midsummer Night. 

She has always seen herself as invisible, a “groundling”, and all she wants is to raise her social standing to the “Silk Feathered Hats” like her ex-bff Maddie. 

I gave this story 3.5 out of 5 stars. I think the idea behind the story is super cute, and I was looking forward to the romance that I was sure was going to take place after reading Menon’s previous story. I really did enjoy the overall story, but there were pieces of Twinkle’s character that really started to make me mad. 

She spends the whole beginning of the book obsessing over a boy, but only on how he can raise her social standings and not on the boy himself. So, when she comes in contact with a boy that actually likes her for who she is, she brushes him aside because she wants someone better. That really annoyed me. That unfortunately was just the start. She goes into a spiral of bad behavior and bad decisions that ended up making me really mad at her. At first I thought she was naive but in the end I was just mad. 

Of course the book did end up all good. Menon did a wonderful job of making Twinkle and some of the side characters grow and change, and I really appreciated that. I ended up finishing the book very happy, I just didn’t get why Twinkle hit such a low in the process of growth. It didn’t seem very realistic for her character to change that much so quickly. 

The last little critique I have, like Dimple, we didn’t get to see any of her creative process or the movie she was making. We only heard about it in passing. I want to see more then the teen angst, I want to see the art too. 

Overall, I will be reading more from Menon. I have been liking her books very much.
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I enjoyed Sandhya Menon other book, When Dimple Met Rishi. So, I knew I wanted to read more books by her. I love the geekiness and passion that these characters share. For me, this was a perfect summer read, I read it in just one day. It’s a contemporary, yet still, not just that, enjoy the film part of this book. It’s become a favorite theme of mine to read about. I liked how the story was told, as in letters.

As much as I did enjoy and have fun with these characters, there were some relationships that I wasn’t a fan of, and I wasn’t a fan of the girl on girl hating. (Even though I know its a real part of life, it just hurts to know that it's a part of our world.) But I do like the outcome of many relationships. My favorite parts of this book was when they had Twinkle and Sahil in them. I felt that the fit together and plays so well off of each other.

This book did bring me smiles but I wasn’t expecting to cry and at the end of this book I did cry. 

With that said, I’m a fan of  Sandhya Menon. Her writing is light and passionate while still being truthful. I can’t wait to see what she writes next. 

Don’t forget to sparkle!!
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Sandhya Menon strikes gold again with her sophomore novel. A sweet, swoon worthy book in which the heroine slowly comes to terms with what (and who) it is she really wants (and wants to be), in which the characters' emotional arcs are just as satisfying as their romance.

It presses all the buttons of being a cute contemporary romance with the added bonus of exploring big issues, like representation in film, and accurately depicting what it's like to be a teenager and not know who you are or what you want out of life.

I wasn't the biggest fan of its epistolary nature, simply because I'm too boneheaded to accept that someone would journal during big life moments instead of after, and it didn't think that format added to the story, although it certainly didn't detract from it.
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In From Twinkle, with Love Sandhya Menon once again does a fantastic job of capturing the adolescent psyche and voice.  I love how her characters embody the ups and downs of being a teenager without being condescending to her teenage readers.  Menon perfectly articulates what it is like to be under the influence of crazy hormones blissful one second and a pit of despair the next. What it's like to be passionate and talented, but also insecure and unsure of the future.  Menon's characters are complex with traits a reader can love and recognizable faults.  My students will hopefully see themselves in these characters.
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This was a really cute contemporary read. Twinkle is an aspiring filmmaker. This book follows her on her journey of making a student film with Sahil. Sahil just happens to be the twin of her crush Neil. 

Twinkle is completely oblivious when it comes to people liking her just as Neil is oblivious to the fact that she likes him. This story relies on a lot of tropes which in and of itself isn’t really a problem since I don’t tend to mind tropes. But the predictability of this book is kind of what put me off of it a little bit. Maddie, Twinkle’s friend, also put me off a little bit, while she claims to still be Twinkle’s friend we don’t really see her acting like it. Naturally Twinkle is upset about all of this and I feel sorry for her but then it twists at some point and I stop feeling sorry for her, and just start finding her slightly annoying. Overall this book wasn’t my favorite but I still think it’s worth reading.

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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I enjoyed this as much as the author's first book.   I loved how she's interspersed mixed media within the book.   

This story wae a good mix of funny,  cute,  serious art the same time.
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This book is for those of us who think outside the box and those who reach for the stars — the dreamers. Twinkle is a young girl with big plans to be an Indian-American female filmmaker who changes the world. She has the drive, the passion and the grit to get it done. A light, breezy and relatable story about trying to fit in before realizing you are born to stand out. The book delivers a strong message about accepting yourself and following your dreams.
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From Twinkle, with Love tells the story of an Indian-American teen girl named Twinkle, and her plans to desperately rise from the ranks of "wallflower" at school to eventually become the well-known and respected filmmaker of her dreams. Twinkle feels some type of way because her best friend Maddie doesn't quite seem like her best friend anymore, as she's found a new crew. And in Twinkle's teenage mind, she feels the only way to gain cool points with Maddie and the it-crew is to date Neil Roy, the coolest guy in school. If that doesn't sound like enough drama, get this: Neil has a twin brother. And while he isn't all Mr. Popular like his twin brother Neil, Sahil is brilliant within his own right, and like Twinkle, loves film. Twinkle's perfect plan to land Mr. Popular might hit a snag when she scores this opportunity to work with Sahil on a film for the school's Summer Festival. And to complicate things even further, Twinkle has a secret admirer that emails her signing "N." only.

Twinkle's story unfolds in journal entries and letters addressed to her favorite filmmakers, Ava DuVernay, Nora Ephron, and Mira Nair. I love this format, as it makes the story unfold intimately, like the reading of a diary. In these entries, we learn that Twinkle is a dreamer and a planner. She has goals and a solid plan mapped out to make her dreams of filmmaker stardom come true. But she does realize she needs a bit of help being heard as she’s not the most popular or "visible" kid at school. With Maddie occupied with a new crew, Twinkle's best bet is working with Sahil. But will this draw Twinkle closer to her dream guy and her dream career? That’s what she’s banking on.

The only problem with the dreamers is they often live in their heads, not aware of how the ideas in their mind’s eye will affect what’s going on around them. That’s the case for Twinkle. She has a crush on Neil Roy based solely on the fact that he’s cute and popular. Aside from being a member of the swim team, we don’t know much else about him. One would think Twinkle would share cool things he says or does in these personal letters she writes, but she doesn’t. In fact, she is so enamored by the idea of Neil and his popularity, she never notices the nice things other guys do because they like her. All Neil has ever done was speak to her once and call her “cute.” But whatever.

As much as I enjoyed the story, there were times that I was underwhelmed with the progression. There was a lot going on in Twinkle's world: unrequited love and friendship, pressures from putting on a stellar summer festival film, a newly emerging crush, and (of course) the mysterious string of emails from a secret crush with the moniker "N." And if that isn't enough, there's hints of a strained relationship between Twinkle and her mother that I was hoping would be explored a bit more. While all of these things make for an exciting and engaging read, some were not explored in depth. For instance, I never quite understood what initially caused the strain in Twinkle and Maddie's friendship to begin with.

I would recommend From Twinkle, with Love to any lovers of contemporary YA fiction, particularly those who enjoy strong (yet flawed) female heroines, diverse characters, and love stories of the quirky variety.

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