What authors have made the biggest impact on your life? Inspired by From Twinkle, With Love, I’ve written three open letters to three of the authors that have made the most impact on my life in recent years. Like Twinkle in Sandy Menon’s latest YA novel, I wanted to share how important the works of these writers are to me. I could pinpoint approximately 57 authors that have written books I love, but these three are particularly special to me. So I hope you enjoy!
Dear Victoria Schwab,
When I first picked up This Savage Song, the first book I ever read by you, I never expected to fall in love with your characters and your worlds as much as I did. But not only that, they affected me in ways that I never expected. Your books aren’t just escapism for me. This Savage Song reflected the struggles of relapse. A Darker Shade of Magic taught me the importance of being adventurous and taking risks. Vicious told me that surviving your struggles make you powerful. Your books mean the world to me, and I’m just so thankful I found your words when I did. You’ve honestly changed my life, and I’ll be forever grateful for that.
Dear Alice Oseman,
When I picked up Radio Silence for the first time, I didn’t know it would go on to be the most relatable, genuine book I’d ever read. Radio Silence wasn’t just a fun, enjoyable read for me. It’s something that I see so much of myself in, and each reread is like I’m reading it for the first time again. I reread Radio Silence each month. That’s how much this book means to me. When I read Radio Silence, I’m not just reading about a strange podcast or a group of friends. To me, this book so clearly captures the anxieties about being at university that I’ve experienced, the fear of not knowing if you can do what you’re passionate about, and the questions about whether anyone really hears you. I read Radio Silence at a time I was feeling unheard, but you changed that. Thank you, Alice.
Dear Adam Silvera,
The first book I ever read by you was History is All You Left Me, but that’s not the book that impacted me the most. It was They Both Die at the End. I wasn’t expecting for this book to affect me in the way that it did. Right from your author’s note at the beginning, I knew this book was going to ruin me in the best way possible. But it wasn’t just that — this book taught me the importance of living every day like it’s your last. I read They Both Die at the End at a time I wasn’t being true to myself. When I was scared to admit who I was and be that person completely. But your book gave me the courage to do that. That books means the world to me, Adam.
Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.
When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.
Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?
Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.
This was honestly such a gorgeous, heartfelt novel and I adored every single page. After reading and absolutely falling in love with When Dimple Met Rishi, I had high expectations for Sandhya Menon’s second novel, and I’m pleased to say it didn’t disappoint. Although I preferred When Dimple Met Rishi, it was still such a fun, swoon-worthy novel—and again, amazing to see the representation of Indian-American characters.
What I loved most about it was how well Twinkle’s love of film and passion for filmmaking came across on the page. Not only does From Twinkle, With Love use letters / emails to famous filmmakers to tell the narrative, we also get to see Twinkle making her film and talking openly about her anxieties of never being a respected filmmaker or ‘making it’ in the industry. Her dialogue felt incredible genuine and I adored the implementation of these letters. Even though I didn’t know the majority of the people she referenced, it was still such an interesting and unique addition.
But what kept me reading was the mystery of who this ’N’ really was. I feel like the tension was really well strung out and I was constantly flicking back and forth between two possible options for who this secret admirer could be. It was so much fun to watch Twinkle try and figure out if it really was her crush, Neil, or whether it was someone she wasn’t expecting. And on top of all that, she was forming feelings for someone she was working closely with on the film. Cue all the swooning!
Although I did find Twinkle’s actions frustrating at times and the narrative dragged a little at times, I still really loved From Twinkle, With Love and if you adored When Dimple Met Rishi, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one too. It was incredibly cute!
Have you read From Twinkle, With Love yet? Which authors have had the most impact on you? Have you read anything by Victoria Schwab, Alice Oseman, or Adam Silvera? I’d love to know!
Thanks to Hachette Australia / Date a Book for providing me with a copy of From Twinkle, With Love in exchange for an honest review!