From Twinkle, with Love

Book review by
Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media
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Sparkling romantic comedy has lots to say about friendship.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

Never prejudge someone. Who a person really is may surprise you.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

A grade school-age girl is "accidentally on purpose" hit with a baseball bat and then kicks her attacker in the shins.

Sex

A few kisses.

Language

One use each of "crap" and "bulls--t."

Consumerism

Casual references to Target, Nike shoes, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Twinkle and Sahil are always talking about movies (Dracula, Psycho, Night of the Living Dead, The Notebook).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

It's mentioned that Twinkle and Maddie go to a "paint-and-sip" event, but neither drink.

What 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.

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Adult Written byStudiousStudent August 1, 2018

Cute storyline but poorly executed

I really wanted to like this book. I thought a story about a teen filmmaker would be cute and lighthearted. However, I found a story about a whiny teen who coul... Continue reading

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What's the story?

The Twinkle in FROM TWINKLE, WITH LOVE is a 16-year-old Indian American who lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her parents and grandmother. Unlike many of the kids at her charter school, Twinkle's family is working class (they can't even afford to get her a phone) and will most likely not be able to fund her dream of going to film school. Twinkle describes herself as one of the "groundlings" -- the uncool kids -- and wants to find a way to transform herself from invisible to someone everyone will recognize. She's confused and heartbroken when her longtime best friend, Maddie, makes that transition and now hangs out with a clique of very cool girls. Most of all, she wants to become visible to Neil Roy, one of the most popular boys in school. When Neil's often invisible twin brother, Sahil, suggests that he and Twinkle produce a gender-bending remake of Dracula for the school's Midsummer Arts Festival, she can't believe her luck: a chance to direct a film and get close to Neil. What she doesn't have a clue about is that Sahil is crazy about her. Just as Twinkle begins to take a second look at Sahil, she starts receiving emails from a secret admirer who signs himself "N." They must, she thinks, be from Neil. There's plenty of drama before the story ends, as Twinkle and Maddie's friendship almost comes to the breaking point and she and Sahil clash over a reckless decision Twinkle seems determined to make.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the friendships in From Twinkle, with Love. Twinkle and her best friend, Maddie, go through some tough times as their friendship changes and evolves. Have you lost touch with someone who was once a close friend? What caused you to grow apart?

  • If you were going to do a remake of your favorite film, would you make big changes like Twinkle and Sahil did with Dracula? Who would you cast in your remake?

  • Twinkle has to decide whether to reveal a fellow student's damaging secrets. Did you agree with her decision? Have you ever been in Twinkle's place and had to make a similar choice?

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