Sandhya Menon comes to the blog today with a YA Rom Com, with an aspiring filmmaker and her search for her dreams. Narrated by Soneela Nankani and Vikas Adam, the story is acceptable to (and probably best enjoyed) by listeners aged twelve and older, although it does skew to the lower end of that spectrum. Please read on for my review of
From Twinkle, with Love
Twinkle has dreams: she wants to be a filmmaker with stories she wants the world to hear, but opportunities are not exactly knocking down her door. Told from letters, texts and journal entries, we see this naïve, hopeful, dream-laden young girl as she navigates life, her crushes, the chance to show her film at a festival, and the proximity to her crush’s twin brother just makes everything better. And we see her discoveries as she finds obstacles, desires and searches for answers. From writing to her favorite female directors and asking for advice and contact – her growth from naïve and occasionally clueless young girl to one who experiences great growth and learning as her journey progresses, the narrative is surprisingly honest and full of the major and minor dramas of growing up.
There are situations that rely on tropes, and there is the inevitable love quadrangle here (Twinkle is prone to crushes) even as she never truly lets go of her dream to ‘be something’ other than what one might expect. And she NEVER gives up on finding new, old and even unique ways to get her opinions expressed, gaining friends along the way. A solidly engaging and refreshing story that has everything a teen or tween can relate to – showing that everyone has the same sorts of hopes and dreams – no matter their color, history or place in which they live.
Narration for this story is provided by Soneela Nankanii and Vikas Adam and their ability to grasp both the ages of the characters in ways that feel appropriate while managing to present the story as written with all the moments, silly, juvenile, hopeful, discouraged or undaunted with equal abandon, and the multiple suitors are both honest in their admiration and enjoying the interactions. The narration added yet another sense of the differences that are simply external, while allowing the similarities of hopes and dreams shine through.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 3.5
Title: From Twinkle, with Love
Author: Sandhya Menon
Genre: Contemporary Teen Romance
Narrator: Soneela Nankani, Vikas Adam
Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published on: 22 May, 2018
Source: Simon and Schuster Audio
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 32 minutes
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Simon and Schuster Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.