My rating: 4 of 5 stars
From Twinkle, with Love is an adorable contemporary featuring an Indian-American main character. Twinkle’s biggest dream in life is to become an influential film-maker and someone who girls like her can look up to as they grow up. I loved that her dreams were so well developed and not superficial. She had motivation and meaning behind her dream. It made her a more authentic and likable character.
This book is full of tropes, but it is still a fun, lighthearted read. As this is contemporary, the characters and romance are a pretty large focus of the book. Twinkle is not involved in a love triangle, but rather a love quadrangle. First, there is Neil Roy quintessential popular boy that Twinkle has a crush on. Twinkle believes that if she dates him, then her status in high school will change and she will be better for it. Second, there is Sahil Roy his twin brother and total film review geek. Third, there is the mysterious ‘N’ who has been emailing her.
I wish that the secondary characters were developed more. At times I felt that they were very superficial and one-dimensioned. For example, Twinkle’s best friend (or former best friend, it changes a lot) suddenly changed and became part of a mean-girls clique. It was very stereotypical and I wanted more from the author. I wanted her motivation and backstory, why did she like these friends? Why did they behave the way that they did? Some of those things were lightly touched upon by the second half of the story, but I still didn’t feel totally satisfied by it.
That being said, I really enjoyed the plot and the characters. It was not a deep, philosophical book and it was not meant to be. If you just want to enjoy a light-hearted, heart-warming contemporary book – then this is the perfect book for you!