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From Twinkle, with Love

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  10,372 ratings  ·  2,421 reviews
An aspiring teen filmmaker finds her voice and falls in love in this delightful romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi.

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 mov
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Sandhya Menon Hi! Although TWINKLE is in the same vein as DIMPLE (i.e. similar swoony hero, similar kick-butt feminist heroine, similar humor and heart), it is a st…moreHi! Although TWINKLE is in the same vein as DIMPLE (i.e. similar swoony hero, similar kick-butt feminist heroine, similar humor and heart), it is a standalone book. :)

If you're looking for more in the DIMPLE universe, Ashish gets his own story in the summer of 2019!

Sandhya Menon This book is for readers 12 and up! There are no sex or drinking/drug use scenes, though there are a few kissing scenes. Hope that helps!

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Jun 15, 2017 marked it as to-read
destiny ♡ howling libraries
DNF @ 51%

There are some extremely important benefits to this book. It features an Indian protagonist who is incredibly feminist and her views on the world and the patriarchy are so refreshing, and sweet, and really lovely. I loved the passion she felt for her filmmaking and the fact that she wanted to become a filmmaker so that she could change the world.

I also really loved Sahil for his geekiness and his full support of her vision. Whenever she goes on rants about the patriarchy, he doesn't ev
Berit Talks Books
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Twinkling Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

This was a fun, adorable, sweet, YA contemporary that had me smiling the entire book.... there is something so readable about this author’s writing style.... in both this book and ”When Dimple Met Ricci” The characters were brought so amazingly to life....

Twinkle feels like lo woman on the social totem pole... in fact she refers to her self as a “groundling”... and the popular people are referred to as something to do with silk feathered hats.... Twinkle’s ultimate drea
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was full blown obsessed with Dimple, so I was pretty much screaming at the post office when this arc showed up.

I loved Twinkle and Sahil. She’s smart and sassy and is working to be vocal. He’s sweet and adorable and working to be visible. They’re both feeling a bit neglected for different reasons and I loved watching them get closer. Twinkle does go through a period of icky and I wanted to just shake her, but her growth was perfect. However, it was Dadi who stole every scene she was in.

Plot w
Trina (Between Chapters)
I adored this! Loved the romance and the examination of ego, expectations, and friendships.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
I don’t think I loved it quite as much as Dimple but it was still an adorable YA read I would recommend!
I love also how Twinkle aspires to be a filmmaker, how awesome is that?
My rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
DNF at 58%

This was a surprise at first then turned out to be a chore which explains the DNF.
I love the idea of having an Indian American YA heroine to read for once and a budding director as well, this was a first time for me. Twinkle Mehra is a 16-year-old "groundling", as what she calls herself, and seems to make it a life goal to be promoted into the ranks of the "silk-feathered hats" aka Shakespearean highschool hierarchy 2.0.

Initially, I enjoyed her inner monologues/ letters to iconic femal
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My heart is an emotional mess. So many feelings.

I loved everything about this book. It made me feel all kinds of emotions. Happinedd, sadness, laughter, anger, nervousness, and God knows what else. Seriously, it was all amazing. The plot, characters, and the format was another thing I loved.

Twinkle's chracters was amazing and I loved her. Some may say they found Twinkle's behavior frustrating or annoying but I related to it. When I am not thinking straight I tend to lash out at everyone too, i
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This is such an adorable read! I loved Twinkle's struggle with pursuing her passion despite her disconnect with her parents, her isolation from her old best friend and making connections with new friends, and her love for film making. Twinkle and Sahil are cute couple goals tbh.

She was a bit immature in her thinking at times, often battling against the "ideal" guy in her head that wasn't actually real which was a bit frustrating. But overall, I found this a great coming of age story that was co
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Well, From Twinkle, with Love was a breath of fresh air as it was wedged between a number of non-fiction reads and psychological thrillers. As a high school teacher, I probably love these teen novels with the same relish that my nurse mother enjoys her medical dramas. Sandhya Menon gives us the loveable protagonist, Twinkle, fully equipped with dreams of being a great Indian-American filmmaker and writing a series of "dear diary'
Filmmaking, girl-power, culture, and age-appropriate romance all wrapped up into one very YA novel. Lessons about confronting situations and learning who you (and others) are make this a worthwhile read for the YA crowd.

My favorite quote:
“When people show you who they are, you should believe them.”
Alice-Elizabeth (Prolific Reader Alice)
Sandhya has firmly cemented herself into my top favourite author lists of all time... what an incredible read! My emotions were messed, I need lots of ice-cream and iced coffee and a re-watch of a silent movie from the 1920s round about now! But in all seriousness, I was extremely anxious reading Twinkle, since I absolutely loved Sandhya's other novel Dimple and wasn't sure what this one was going to be like. But I was left far from disappointed. The main character Twinkle is an aspiring filmmak ...more
kav (xreadingsolacex)
Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is no way affected my review.

This book was basically 327 pages of me laugh-crying in the best way possible.

From Twinkle, With Love is Sandhya Menon's sophomore novel, a young-adult contemporary about an Indian-American teen filmmaker, Twinkle Mehra, who tells her story through letters to her favorite female directors.

I genuinely think I might have loved this one more than When Dimple Met Rishi.

Let’s start wit
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)

This book was fun to read, and so swoonworthy, but at the same time I found it frustrating and annoying at times too, just due to how some of the characters acted and the direction the plot went at times

It was nice to see Twinkle grow over the book and realise she doesn't need to change herself for other people.

Also Sahil is such a sweetheart <3
Vanshika Prusty
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-contemporary
uggggh this was so good!!
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Sandhya Menon's debut, When Dimple Met Rishi, was a book I loved with every fiber of my being last year. I couldn't wait to get my hands on From Twinkle, With Love. The minute I had the book in my hands, I jumped to read it. As with When Dimple Met Rishi, this book epitomized everything I adore in a feel-good rom-com, that was also a story about growing up.

The star of this book is without a doubt Twinkle. She is not a straightforward character and I absolutely loved that about her. Most of
Jun 18, 2017 marked it as lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
This is going to be hilarious, dramatic AF and swoon worthy and I'm here for it! ...more
julianna ➹
I wasn't even planning to read this one this month, but I'm honestly so thankful that I did (it's also free on RivetedLit until the end of the month)! This was so cute and adorable and also angsty in all the good ways!! Also, I met Sandhya Menon at BookCon 2018 along with Kav and she was sooo kind and lovely <33 I picked up a camera enamel pin, too, and it's honestly sparked my desire to collect pins. (I have literally two (2) enamel pins.)

From Twinkle, with Love centers Twinkle, an Indian-Ameri
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
I had very high hopes going into From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon, since When Dimple Met Rishi is one of my favourite reads. It is safe to say that I was not disappointed, and I really enjoyed this story all about filmmaking. Twinkle is awkward and relatable, and the letters make for a unique format. Fans of rom-coms will no doubt love Menon’s latest novel.

Full review on The Candid Cover
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-favrouites
This has been one of the best contemporary books I've read since like forever.

Twinkle was such a sweetheart oh my god! Her point of view was so funny and entertaining to read about and the style of the book through her letters to her idols and her future self told the story perfectly.

The idea of the film making was just so cool. I've never read 'Dracula', I have seen the movie and a few retellings but I am a massive fan of 'Midsummers Night Dream' and this went beautifully into the story.

The rom
Shay ☆
Have you ever felt like a book was written just for you? This book felt like that for me.

Shay's 'From Twinkle, with Love' moodboard:

5 stars because this is as good as teen fiction gets.
Song rec for this book : White Teeth Teens by Lorde

"Twinkle, what's your number one goal in life?"

"To change lives with my films and show the world what a
Desi girl can do," I said proudly.

Sixteen-year-old protagonist, Twinkle Mehra is a feminist and 'groundling' as she calls herself, a wa
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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From Twinkle, with Love is a cute, inspiring, own-voices YA contemporary, with a talented main character as she attempts to navigate her high-school life and her upcoming future.

I received a free copy of this book from Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review. All my thoughts and comments are entirely my own.

From Twinkle, with Love follows Twinkle Mehra, an aspiring filmmaker but utterly invisible. With stories t
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
2.5? 3? 3.5? I have no idea. I also have no idea if these are actually spoilers, but better safe than sorry.

I'm so conflicted with this one. I hated Twinkle for most of this. Like, I hated her. She was one of the most annoying characters I've ever read. She liked a boy not because of him, but because she would be popular if they dated? Honey, when has that ever worked in the long run for anyone? Maybe focus on not feeling so sorry for yourself and living in a state of woe is me, and make new fri
Krista Regester
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Twinkle: a delicate wallflower turned outspoken director during her junior year of high school. You will find culture, a love story, friendship evolution, family tension, and career ambition in this one. Twinkle will definitely annoy you at times but she does a lot of growing up too. Unfortunately books that are told through journal entries are never my favorite since I can’t imagine writing down every single detail that needs to be accounted for in order to tell a story.
Kate Olson
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher for this review copy!

I absolutely adored Menon's 2017 title WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI and was so so excited to read this one and discover that it is just as wonderful, although completely different. TWINKLE is written completely in letters to famous female film makers, and details the attempts of teenage Twinkle Mehra to both create a fabulous movie for an upcoming school festival and make over her social image.
This story is sweet and romantic and 100% celebrates geeky love
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
From Twinkle, With Love was utterly adorable and a delight to read. It was filled with uplifting, funny, inspiring, strong, well rounded, imperfect characters and relationships. It was incredibly easy to read and my heart feels a little lighter after doing so. It made me smile, stress and squee in equal amounts. Although I didn’t enjoy this as much as When Dimple Met Rishi and there were a few plot points I didn’t love quite so much, I throughly enjoyed this book. I loved the nod to women in fil ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Romie by: kav (xreadingsolacex)
Dear Twinkle Mehra of the future,
Hold on to this moment. You’ll want to remember how you feel.
You’ll want to remember every tiny detail.

This was such a pure book to read. I think that’s what I’ll remember the most about it: how happy it made me feel. It’s a book that made me happy from the moment I started to the very last word. It made me all emotional and shit, and I’m glad it did.

This is the story of 16yo Twinkle Mehra, born of two Indian immigrants who came to the US so their daughter could
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-review, 2018
I loved this wonderful YA novel. It is written in letters to various female film makers and follows Twinkle as she makes her first film.

Twinkle views herself as a “groundling” and wants to be apart of the popular, “silk feathered hat,” group. As she makes her movie, she makes new friends and comes to learn more about herself.

There were some parts of the book where I felt incredibly frustrated with Twinkle’s thoughts and behaviors. But I had to remind myself that she is a teenage girl, and it’s
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
dnf at page 214

this is SO not what i was expecting from the author of When Dimple Met Rishi!!! i liked that one because it was smart and mature (if a LITTLE bit corny at times), and i like the premise for From Twinkle with Love way more so i was sure i was going to love it, but it was PAINFULLY juvenile and immature. it sounds like it was written for 13 year olds!!! it was a cringe-filled chore to get through as much as i did. the characters were cute i GUESS (i loved the grandma) but they were

4.5 “Adooorrrbbsss Part 2” Stars

I think I loved this book even more than the first, if that's possible. Well, it is possible, because unlike with When Dimple Met Rishi I have no major complaints about this story at all!!!! It was adorable and the character development was pretty stellar, too.

I was smiling so hard throughout the whole thing and got major swoon vibes from the romance, so yeah, I'm a happy reader!

First, hello first person narrative, you know I love you more than third especially in
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Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels with lots of kissing, girl power, and swoony boys. Her books have been featured in several cool places, including on The Today Show, Teen Vogue, NPR Book Review, Buzzfeed, and Seventeen. A full-time dog servant and part-time writer, she makes her home in the foggy mountains of Colorado.

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