From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon || 5 Stars to The Most Relatable Character and This OwnVoices Story Starring A Feminist Heroine!

It took me one month to finish this book and six months to write this review. Because you devour the books you love and how are you supposed to recount the reasons why you loved a book. Well, reviewers have to do the latter so let’s start.

I loved this story for the theme it tries to convey. Yes, it has a few things that I didn’t enjoy and would’ve loved to have been tweaked but that doesn’t mean I enjoyed the book any less because it resonated exactly what I wanted to feel. 

I loved Twinkle! For me, she’s this fierce, feminist young adult who makes mistakes throughout the book and annoys the shit out of me at times but she grows through the story and that’s exactly how I fall in love with characters–growth. Her dreams and passions are so vivid in her heart and mind that I can’t help but cheer for her and she keeps working toward that dream rather than just chanting about it. Sahil is a total sweetheart! He would’ve made it to my book boyfriend list if I wasn’t one to fall for the bad guys (LOL, just kidding! He’s totally in that list) but I’m glad he was paired with Twinkle in this story because he does her and, the entire story, justice. 

Sahil polishes his own personality during the story while also enhancing Twinkle’s. Their relationship is one where they both only move forward and upward, and there isn’t anything but genuine respect and good thoughts for each other. 

“Sometimes I worry I don’t know who I really am. Sometimes I’m afraid nothing I do will ever be enough to set me apart.”

The plot is evident from the blurb and there’s a love triangle but nothing that pulled me out. There aren’t huge twists but I think the characters make up for that any day. Speaking of characters, there was one I didn’t like but I also understand her role in this story and in shaping Twinkle: Maddie. I felt, right from the first page, that Twinkle deserves a much better best friend but Twinkle’s adamancy to stick around Maddie showed her commital trait and plus, Maddie (despite being a side character) also grows through the story. And I’m all here for growth so can’t really complain. 

Also, I’ve seen quite a few reviews and opinions about this book AND I RESPECT THEM ALL BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND HOW READING IS SUBJECTIVE, but I had a little rant around that aspect (which was first posted on my Instagram, here) so here you go:


Let’s talk about feminist heroines. 

When there’s a story about a woman who believes in equality, who knows where the world should be going, there would be perfection expected from her. People assume she should be completely in control of her emotions, of her actions, and of her reactions since she’s voicing out such important issues as feminism. 

Why? Why is only a female character scrutinized for perfection? Why should her views about an issue be dismissed simply because she’s human and bound to make mistakes? Bound to sound annoying because she can’t stop preaching everyone about feminism? 

How is, then, a male character not pressured for flawlessness? Why do we instantly start flaunting over one single male character who supports feminism in a story? Forget about that, why do we fall in love with the most problematic males in a story, with the most flaws, and call his change through a story character development? But we’re just not patient enough to stick around for a female character’s development. Nah, she needs to be perfect right from the start and right through the end. BULLSHIT! 

Worse is expecting righteousness from young adult characters. They are young. They might be pondering over a lot of things we, adults, would find irritating and unimportant. So? Aren’t their stories meant to be read? 

I find it hypocritical when people wish they would see more realistic, feministic female characters and then complain about finding them annoying for being realistic and feministic…and sometimes even finding them a female. 

Anyway, to each his own I guess. If you can’t already tell, I loved From Twinkle With Love and I would recommend it to everyone. Especially to those who didn’t like When Dimple Met Rishi because trust me, this is different. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a digital copy of this via the author herself but that, in no way, influences my rating and/or opinions about it. Thank you, Sandhya Menon and Simon Pulse! This post may contain affiliate links.

10 thoughts on “From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon || 5 Stars to The Most Relatable Character and This OwnVoices Story Starring A Feminist Heroine!

  1. Papertea and Bookflowers

    I totally agree with your little mini rant. We forgive male characters for soo much, we love em arrogant and sarcastic and cocky. Yet when a female is like that it’s suddenly all bad and she shouldn’t think so much about herself or something. And they should have the same opportunity to make mistakes and learn and grow. No one is perfect from the start.

    Loved reading your review for this. I’m not really a contemporary gal but I love reading reviews about them ..
    It sounds like this one has an uncomplicated and drama less relationship which is awesome if that’s true.

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    1. Fanna

      Haha, I remember when I started blogging last year, I thought I would never skip that long to write a review BUT LOOOOLLL! I’m so glad you liked it XD I’ll definitely do more of those now 😀


  2. esmoogle

    I loved your mini rant! It’s so accurate! Especially on the note of expecting YA characters to be righteous and have it all figured out – I was literally talking to someone yesterday about Holly Bourne’s books and how one of my favourite things is that they all have a feminist angle, but a lot of her protagonists are still learning about feminism and deciding which elements they agree with and aren’t perfect representations preaching equality in 15 year old form. It’s so much better to learn alongside a character than to be condescended to by them.

    Also your review of this book was lovely, I’m really excited to give it a read 🙂

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    1. Fanna

      I hope you read it and enjoy it ❤ Thank you so much! I'm so glad you agree. It's too judgemental of readers to immediately judge YA characters simply because they no longer belong to that age group and have become more 'mature' in their thinking or whatever.


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