From Twinkle, With Love is a relatively recent release that combines the awkwardness of high school with the dramatic flair of Bollywood. It's comparable to other YA novels and includes secret online relationships and their subsequent dramatic reveals, what exactly goes on behind the curtains in a school theatre during Tech Week, and just how empowering friendship can be within a diverse group of teens. Told in emails and texts, with some cameos from When Dimple Met Rishi, Twinkle is the work of literature that Desi teens living in the American diaspora need.
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“This story captures that moment at the movie theater when your date touches your hand in the dark while knocking the popcorn over in the loudest way possible—it’s cute and exciting, but also slightly embarrassing. Sandhya has crafted another excellent teen romance about a shy and ambitious young woman trying to show the world her passion and talent. A fantastic summer read!
— Jessica Palacios, Once Upon a Time, Montrose, CA
“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.
About the Author
Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of the smash-hit When Dimple Met Rishi and From Twinkle, with Love. She was born and raised in India on a steady diet of Bollywood movies and street food, and blames this upbringing for her obsession with happily-ever-afters, bad dance moves, and pani puri. Now she lives in Colorado, where she's on a mission to (gently) coerce her husband and children watch all 3,220 Bollywood movies she claims as her favorite.
PRAISE FOR FROM TWINKLE, WITH LOVE
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”Utterly charming . . . May we all be as brave and confident in our art as Twinkle Mehra.” —NPR
“Cinematic.” —Teen Vogue
“Funny and sweet.” —Buzzfeed
“Delightful, inspiring, and the hug your heart most certainly needs.” —Book Riot
“Charming and sophisticated.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Effervescent.” —Publishers Weekly
“Highly recommended.” —VOYA
PRAISE FOR WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI
An NPR Best Book of 2017 A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2017 A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2017 A School Library Journal Best Young Adult Book of 2017 A Chicago Public Library Best Teen Book of 2017 A Bustle Best YA Novel of 2017 A PopSugar Best Young Adult Novel of 2017 A Paste Magazine Best Young Adult Novel of 2017 A Book Riot Best Book of 2017 A B&N Teen Blog Best YA Novel of 2017 A Summer 2017 Top Ten Indie Next Pick A Junior Library Guild Selection
“Effervescent.” —Chicago Tribune
“Full of warm characters and sweet romance.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Get ready to fall in love with Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel.” —HelloGiggles
“Deliciously quirky, funny, and nerdy.” —Bustle
“Charming and heartwarming.” —PopSugar
“Utterly delightful.” —BookRiot
“Heartwarming, empathetic, and often hilarious—a delightful read.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A vibrant, joyous, funny love story.” —VOYA, starred review
“The strength of the story comes from its blending of Indian culture and values into a modern-day romance that scores of readers can enjoy.” —School Library Journal
“Bright and funny.” —Publishers Weekly
“Nuanced and thoughtful . . . will melt the hearts of readers.” —Booklist