Cute, engaging, and a life lesson, too.

Summary:

Twinkle Mehra is an aspiring teenage filmmaker with a passion for telling captivating stories. She has wanted to become a filmmaker her entire life, but her family, with the exception of her grandmother, does not approve. Her dream seemed to be too far to reach until she met Sahil Roy, the brother of her longtime crush, Neil. Sahil approaches her with the idea of directing A Midsummer’s Night Dream, but with a twist. Maybe her dream isn't so far away, and Twinkle immediately agrees to direct the play with him.

But all isn't smooth. She's had a serious falling out with her best friend Maddie. She is also realizing that she may have a crush on the wrong Roy brother. Sahil is perfect for her. He is funny, passionate, and most of all loves filming and directing just like her. Still, she sticks to her plan and keeps pining away for Neil. Trying to navigate friendships and relationships AND film and direct a play ... can this possibly have a Hollywood ending? 


BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
Sandhya Menon's writing creates characters so relatable that you feel like you are on Twinkle's journey, too. I really enjoyed how creatively the story is presented, especially Twinkle's letter to her favorite female filmmakers about her life at the beginning of every chapter. This is very unique and different from styles readers may have seen before. It shows that Twinkle has a real connection to filmmaking and directing, and as a result, the readers feel more connected and involved. I also appreciated the way Twinkle, Maddie, and Sahil develop. In the end, they each realize that along the way they made some mistakes.

One thing I would have liked to see more of is Twinkle’s conflict with her family. Though it is mentioned in the beginning, the readers do not really get to see how and if the conflict is resolved. The readers also do not fully understand why there is a conflict in the first place.

From Twinkle, With Love is a book I recommend to readers 13 to 16. It will be more relatable to this age group because it talks about balancing relationships, friendship, and pursuing one's individual passions. It also sends the message that growth is important and realizing that you will make mistakes is an essential part of growing.

This book is perfect for teenagers struggling with navigating through different aspects of their relationships, passions, and life as a whole. I think this book is something that can be read for fun or during free time, so I would suggest picking it up from the library


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who enjoy contemporary romcoms and realistic stories about high school life will find this a fun read.

Content Awareness Factors:

None noted.


Type of Book:
This is a light, contemporary romance novel for teens.
Educational Themes:

Our reviewer raises an interesting question: why does Twinkle's family object to her wanting to be a filmmaker? Are there clues in the story?

Reading Level:
4.9
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
13 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. It is fun to read, but not a book you'll keep on your shelf

Title From Twinkle, With Love
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Author Sandhya Menon
Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Imprint Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing © 2018
ISBN 9781481495400
Material Hard Cover
Cost $18.99
Genres Humor, Coming of Age, Realism | Realistic Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
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