From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon.

Rating: 5 stars.

Spoiler Free Review:

From Twinkle With Love is an adorable and funny novel that will make you laugh out loud on one page, and make you cry in public on the next.

I know that 16 year old me would’ve cried from joy because she would’ve seen a heroine just like her, the star of the show, struggling and learning the same lessons as her, and she wouldn’t have felt so alone. This book meant so much to me, and I know it will to so many other marginalized, especially Indian, teens. I have only once cried on the bus before, and that wasn’t even because of a book. When I read this, when I read about Nani and Dadi, when I read about Twinkle’s confusion, Twinkle’s mother, Twinkle’s struggle, I physically felt my heart hurt.

Not only that, but the fierce, strong feminist thoughts, the determination to break that glass ceiling, the fight in Twinkle to earn the right to wear the “I am my ancestor’s wildest dreams” shirt left me speechless.

Twinkle is a teenager, she makes impulsive, foolish mistakes; she gets in head over heels on a bad plan; she feels like her career is now or never, and that is such a good representation of young adults, in my opinion. I know when I was writing as a 16 year old, I felt like I had to write the best book ever and get it published right away, or my career as a writer will never happen. Hell, I’m 18 and I still feel like that even though I know that that’s not true.

Twinkle was a relatable, funny, sometimes reckless, main character, and I am glad I got to meet her.

I cried, I laughed, and I cannot tell you enough how important this book is.

TW: Aromisic language, ableist language

Spoilery Review: (TBC)

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