Number of pages: 336
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 4.5
Release Date: May 22nd, 2018
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.
I need to read more books like this one. Books that are just cute and sweet as opposed to books where everyone’s life is on the line. Books that remind me how much of a romantic I am, no matter how much I try to convince myself otherwise.
Twinkle has such a strong voice. It basically bursts off the page. Her pain and excitement are palpable. It’s actually kind of like reading one side of a text conversation of someone you know. You’re kind of an outsider, but it feels like you know the characters and that you’re there with her. But you’re also sitting there watching, knowing what’s happening and what is about to happen, and you’re powerless to stop it. I didn’t really expect to feel so close to Twinkle considering the book is written as letters sent to Twinkle’s favourite female directors, but it was done so much better than other epistolary novel’s I’ve read.
From Twinkle, With Love, for me, was very realistic. Twinkle’s story feels familiar. As someone separated from the story, I could tell where certain things were going, and it hurt to watch things fall apart, but it still felt true to my experience as a younger teen.
Twinkle does a lot of things that high school me would have 100% done had I been in her situation. She’s very much stuck in her own world, focused on her own problems. She doesn’t really realize the full impact of what she says, and she isn’t very considerate of others. She’s wandering through life trying to figure out what she wants, and she’s trying too hard. She’s just trying to get her parents’ attention, figure out friendships, and make the best movie she can. She’s flawed and she feels like a teen.
The other characters were well done as well, but I mostly talked about Twinkle in my notes. I loved the love interest. He was so sweet, and it kind of hurt to watch Twinkle be oblivious to his feelings for her.
I was also completely invested in the story, which is really rare for me when dealing with non-mental health related contemporary books. I was reading this as exams were about to start, and I could not stop reading.
Overall, From Twinkle, With Love was so adorable and realistic, earning it 4.5 out of 5 stars.