content warnings: enbyphobia (the main plot in this story surrounds a “genderswapped” version of Dracula)
Thank you to netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I love Sandhya Menon and her writing. I love romcoms, and I love reading diverse books put that all together and you’re onto a winner for me, and that’s what Sandhya’s books are.
Twinkle wants to be a filmmaker, and when the chance comes to create a film for the Summer Festival she snatches that chance up in a heartbeat. In creating the film she becomes close to Sahil whom she’s working on the film with, but when things start to become romantic with them she is stuck because she’s been messaging a mystery man “N” who she believes to be Sahil’s super hot brother Neil.
I loved that Twinkle wasn’t your perfect girl. She messes up a lot in this book but she’s always called out for it and she does learn from it and I think we need to see that a lot more in YA. The teen audience needs to see that it’s human to be a hot mess and the important part is apologising and learning from your mistakes.
Neil was just a big sweetheart to be honest and I wish I’d known a boy like him when I was a teenager. Most of the boys I knew were annoying or weird (if you were one of those boys and have somehow stumbled on this, I’m sorry, but it’s true).
Menon’s writing is just getting better with each book. Reading this felt like I was watching one of the classic rom coms that I grew up watching, that would have Hilary Duff et al. in them, except this one had an Indian girl as the main character and wasn’t the whitest thing ever like those films were. I just want more diverse YA rom coms to be honest. I also really liked the style this book was written as it was like a diary, this made it so easy to read. I know some people don’t like this format but I really love something that is easy to read given how little time I seem to have for reading these days.
I just think what I really liked was this book felt real. There are some moments that are a bit classic YA romcom, like mean girls and stuff but hey that’s life, as much as I wished girls were all nice to each other, that’s not always the case. All the characters were fleshed out, there wasn’t a character who it felt like was just there.
Menon’s next book is the companion to When Dimple Met Rishi and I am so flipping excited for it, I just think her writing is going to be even better.