This is the first book written by Sandhya Menon. I loved her first book so much I had to come and check this book out - even though it is more YA. I have to admit that I am very over YA. Nothing is more annoying then a teenager who’s world is ending because they do not have a cell phone.
From Twinkle, with Love is about as YA as you can go. The main character, Twinkle, is obsessed with her social standing. She is insecure and trying to find herself. During the book she has drastic behavioral shifts, but her personality stayes grounded through the book. The book also has a very neat happy ever after feel to it as well. I live with three teenagers. This book was like adding a fourth teenager into my life.
I suppose it should tell you how talented Menon is that I loved this book. Her writing is beautiful and her characters are real. I may be annoyed by teenage drama - but that is because it felt like real teenage drama.
I really enjoy how Menon explores the identity of Twinkle. She is such a dynamic personality balancing her social status, her racial identity, her socioeconomic status, her gender, and her love of film making. All of these aspects are represented as a dynamic and interchanging personality. It really is genius. It is because the YA genre has such brilliant writers that I keep reading it - teenage drama and all.
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