A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
For readers who are movie fans, Twinkle's diary letters to women film directors may introduce them to some unfamiliar names like Haifaa al-Mansour, Mira Nair, and Ava DaVernay. Indian words and phrases appear throughout the novel.
Never prejudge someone. Who a person really is may surprise you.
Positive Role Models
Has a full cast of teen characters (both nerds and popular) who think it's cool to study hard, ace AP courses, and have big plans. While there are mean girls, even they will at times surprise readers with kind acts. One of the most impressive things about Twinkle is that she'll not only own up to her mistakes, but will take the hard next step and sincerely apologize.
Violence & Scariness
A grade school-age girl is "accidentally on purpose" hit with a baseball bat and then kicks her attacker in the shins.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few kisses.
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One use each of "crap" and "bulls--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
It's mentioned that Twinkle and Maddie go to a "paint-and-sip" event, but neither drink.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sandhya Menon's From Twinkle, with Love is about 16-year-old Twinkle Mehra, who dreams of becoming a film director and desperately wants to attract the attention of Neil Roy, one of the most popular boys in school. When Sahil Roy, Neil's slightly nerdy, usually overlooked twin brother, asks her to pair up with him to make a film for the school's Midsummer Arts Festival (the film is a gender-bending Dracula), Twinkle jumps at the chance. Working with Sahil means she's one step closer to Neil. Of course, Sahil has a massive crush on Twinkle, who only has eyes for his brother. The story unfolds through diary entries (which Twinkle addresses to famous female directors), a blog, texts, and emails as Twinkle discovers she may have set her sights on the wrong twin. Fans of Menon's first novel, When Dimple Met Rishi, are sure to be equally as charmed by Twinkle.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet, sparkling romantic comedy has serious messages about friendship, making good moral choices, and never judging people by who they seem to be on the outside. In From Twinkle, with Love, author Sandhya Menon once again builds her story around a funny inspiring Indian American teen who's relatable to any reader who's ever had an unattainable crush, been hurt by a friend, felt like an outsider, or had a big dream for the future.
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