“Utterly charming.” —NPR
“Cinematic.” —Teen Vogue
“Funny and sweet.” —Buzzfeed
Three starred reviews for this charming romantic comedy about an aspiring teen filmmaker who finds her voice and falls in love, 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 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?
Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.
Sixteen-year-old Twinkle Mehra fantasizes about becoming a successful filmmaker, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have regular teenage problems: she's in love with a boy named Neil, who barely knows she exists; her best friend, Maddie, is acting strangely toward her; and her crush's twin brother, Sahil (also an aspiring filmmaker), is paying her a lot of attention. After Sahil convinces Twinkle to collaborate on a documentary film project, she starts receiving emails from an admirer, who signs his letters N, and Twinkle hopes it's Neil. Then Twinkle starts to fall for Sahil, she grows confused about her admirer, and her relationship with Maddie goes off the rails. Menon brings an effervescent energy to Twinkle's story, which is reminiscent in tone to Menon's When Dimple Met Rishi.The story is told, in part, through Twinkle's confessional letters to famous filmmakers that serve effectively as diary entries. Mehra's story line and characters lack a degree of cohesion, and the story's epistolary content isn't always well integrated. Nevertheless, Twinkle's relationship with Sahil is sweet and believable, while the heart of this story hangs on Twinkle's conflict with Maddie, and the pain she feels when Maddie drops her for the popular girls. Twinkle's relatable quandaries and her worthy professional aspirations give Menon's heroine solid appeal. Ages 12 up.