- It All Comes Back to You by Farah Naz Rishi
- Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
- Publishing Date: September 14, 2021
Content Warnings: References to death of a parent, references to drug use, emotional abuse, anxiety, guilt (added – references to withdrawal symptoms, bullying, islamophobia and arson)
After Kiran Noorani’s mom died, Kiran vowed to keep her dad and sister, Amira, close. Then out of the blue, Amira announces that she’s dating someone and might move cross-country with him. Kiran is thrown.
Deen Malik is thrilled that his older brother, Faisal, has found a great girlfriend, even if it’s getting serious quickly. Maybe now their parents’ focus will shift off Deen, who feels intense pressure to be the perfect son.
When Deen and Kiran come fact to face, they silently agree to keep their past a secret. Four years ago–before Amira and Faisal met–Kiran and Deen dated. But Deen ghosted Kiran with no explanation. Kiran will stop at nothing to find out what happened, and Deen will do anything, even if it means sabotaging his brother’s relationship, to keep her from reaching the truth. Though the chemistry between Kiran and Deen is undeniable, can either of them take down their walls?
Hey y’all! Today I am bringing this amazing book tour of It All Comes Back to You, written by Farah Naz Rishi, hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. Reading this book was one hell of a roller coaster ride and I am not kidding by any means.
15 Reactions While Reading the Book
Phew. Let’s begin.
- Pretty and SEEN. That’s one of the first and foremost reaction and feelings I had when I saw this cover because – DESI Rep???? in YA???? My primary reading genre is YA and seeing Desi Rep in those really makes me seen and… appreciative of my culture.
- I was fangirling pretty hard when I saw the things this book contained, no kidding. Video games, dance, AND criminal lawyer?? Oh oh and did I mention Bollywood music? I was pretty hung up on figuring out which song the book was talking about from Padmaavat.
- The book started out at an amazing note which made me curious where everything was heading. I was sooo curious, I practically flew through pages and I may or may not have ranted about the book to my friends in between my lectures 😉
- All the festivities in the book had me going a bit nostalgic, not gonna lie. Even though I am a person who generally tries to find their way out of any form of relative gatherings, wedding celebrations are an odd mix of anticipation and utter exhaustion lol. Especially with all the relatives and their questions around!
- Apart from nostalgic, I felt sad for Kiran and her family. I might have cried too… grief is messy and I could honestly very much relate to the feelings they were going through, based on what I have experienced and seen around me, and while I hated all the scheming, I couldn’t hate Kiran 100%.
- Which brings me to the fact that I WAS FURIOUS with the main characters honestly. Okay that is basically Kiran and Deen mainly. Kiran’s scheming honestly made me feel very bad, especially because of the damage she was doing to herself. And Deen? That guy honestly needed to get his head out of rut in the beginning.
- And omg Deen’s parents?? They had me incoherently screaming… but not that surprised at the same time. It’s honestly not uncommon to watch parents like them but, oof, the emotional and toxicity that they had around them was very verryyy annoying (Mona Khala I am looking at you, yes.)
- But keeping my anger at foolish actions aside, the book honestly unfolded with a really promising storyline. And I swear I will really want to go and see its adaptation one day!!
- And more than everything, I was angry and numb after reading shit that people who face racism have to go through. It is really terrible that a person who’s being bullied, and their families have to be the one to – I don’t know live ashamedly – instead of the people who take up such sick actions.
- And well, oh my, I just honestly cried towards the end because it was filled with one too many emotions I can’t even begin to say right now ooff.
- There was a sort of understanding and attachment that I felt too deep when I was reading the bond between Kiran and Amira, Faisal and Deen. Sibling relations are honestly one of the most complicated and easy relations one can handle, honestly.
- And the character development… I am still not sure how I feel about it actually. It wasn’t fully satisfactory but I guess that’s what makes it resonate more with reality.
- I honestly enjoyed myself reading this novel a lot!
- And, well, it also provided me with a sense of direction of sorts (I’m not spilling beans tho)… in parts with everything. Especially communication. While communication was the one thing missing Big Time in this book, it ended up telling us the importance of it… in a rather dramatic manner.
- GOOOO READDDD THIS BOOOOKKK! I am going to practically shove this book to my friends… after ensuring that they remember nothing about it.
Farah Naz Rishi is a Pakistani-American Muslim writer and voice actor, but in another life, she’s worked stints as a lawyer, a video game journalist, and an editorial assistant. She received her B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College, her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, and her love of weaving stories from the Odyssey Writing Workshop. When she’s not writing, she’s probably hanging out with video game characters. You can find her at home in Philadelphia, or on Twitter at @farahnazrishi.
Giveaway (US only)
One winner will receive a finished copy of It All Comes Back to you. The giveaway starts on September 13th and ends on September 20th.
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