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Sandhya Menon’s second novel sparkles. I liked this even more than her debut novel When Dimple Met Rishi.
Told through letters written to her favorite female filmmakers, a teenager learns lessons about love while directing a movie for her high school’s summer arts festival.
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 Midsummer Night arts 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.
From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.
An epistolary novel in the form of letters – journal entries – that Twinkle writes to Mira Nair, Sofia Coppola, Ava DuVernay, Jane Campion, Lynne Ramsay, Haifaa al-Mansour, and other women directors.
A realistic, flawed protagonist who is talented and intelligent yet suffers from self-doubt and low self-esteem due to a lack of parental support. Fortunately, her lively grandmother provides a reliable adult to lean on. A secret admirer adds mystery. Trying to win back her best friend from the Dark Side (ahem, the popular crowd) adds complications. And though Twinkle can be super serious, some adorkable antics provide the novel’s biggest laughs. A sweet romantic interest (one of the author’s trademarks) rounds out the cast of main characters.
Opening (from page 2)
Some might call people like me losers. I myself prefer the term “groundlings.” See, in Shakespearean times, these were the poor people who would have to stand in the front of the stage and got called out (unfairly, IMO) for being rowdy and smelly and having the mange or whatnot. And then there were the snooty people in the back, who got to sit in, like, covered areas and look down at the groundlings and feel all superior in their silk feathered hats. But Shakespeare would never have gotten famous if he hadn’t appealed to the groundlings.
Here’s a little secret, though: I wouldn’t completely mind if I were something other than a groundling. To be even one social status level above the one I am right now would change my life because I’m pretty sure it would give me my best friend – who is now definitely one of the silk feathered hats – back. And bonus: It would help transform me from Invisible Twinkle to someone people recognize, maybe even someone who tells stories others want to hear.
Sandhya Menon is the author of the New York Times and national indie bestseller When Dimple Met Rishi. She was born and raised on a steady diet of Bollywood movies and street food. Now Sandhya lives in the mountains of Colorado where she’s on a mission to (gently) coerce her husband, son, and daughter to watch all 3,220 Bollywood movies she claims as her favorite. Her next book, When Ashish Met Sweetie, is scheduled for publication in 2019. Visit her at www.SandhyaMenon.com.
Katherine Valdez is an award-winning author who writes microfiction as KatValdezWriter at Zathom.com.
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