Book review | It All Comes Back To You by Farah Naz Rishi
Author: Farah Naz Rizvi
Genre: YA romance
No. of pages: 429
Published by: Quill Tree Books
Published on: 14th September 2021
My rating: ★★★☆☆
After Kiran Noorani’s mom died, Kiran vowed to keep her dad and sister, Amira, close—to keep her family together. But when Amira announces that she’s dating someone, Kiran’s world is turned upside down.
Deen Malik is thrilled that his brother, Faisal, has found a great girlfriend. Maybe a new love will give Faisal a new lease on life, and Deen can stop feeling guilty for the reason that Faisal needs a do-over in the first place.
When the families meet, Deen and Kiran find themselves face to face. Again. Three years ago—before Amira and Faisal met—Kiran and Deen dated in secret. Until Deen ghosted Kiran.
And now, after discovering hints of Faisal’s shady past, Kiran will stop at nothing to find answers. Deen just wants his brother to be happy—and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep Kiran from reaching the truth. Though the chemistry between Kiran and Deen is undeniable, can either of them take down their walls?
Kiran Noorani will do anything to keep her father and older sister Amira together, because that's the last thing she promised her dying mother. All plans of living together with her sister goes down the drain when Amira reveals that she has met the love of her life and would move away soon. As if this wasn't enough to crush Kiran's dreams, Amira's boyfriend Faisal turns out to be her extremely charming ex-boyfriend Deen's older brother.
As Faisal struggles to build a new life away from the shadows of his past and his parent's disappointment, Kiran uncovers that something about Faisal is fishy and the brothers are hiding a big secret from Amira. And this is the exact opportunity for Kiran to break apart the couple— the only block to her plans being Deen and the past they spent together.
This book confused me. I thoroughly loved the plot. I loved the unique story. But the messy characters threw me off. Don't get me wrong, this book will be loved by anyone who loves imperfect characters, but Kiran got on my nerves. I mean that's the whole point of the story— an overprotective sister trying to "save" her sister's marriage, but I was not a fan of Kiran. So if you love characters that make mistakes, and learn from them, this this book is for you.
I genuinely loved the brothers— both Faisal and Deen have their own struggles and trying their best to correct them. While Faisal gives a huge himbo energy, Deen is the charismatic and flirty brother. Again two messy characters but very realistically built. Meanwhile Amira is simply a sweetheart. Her positivity really lit up the whole book.
Throughout the book Deen and Kiran share such an amazing tension, with their shared past and both of them trying so hard to get over each other even after years, is such a joy to read. Really enjoyed each and every one of their interactions that I was actually looking forward to it. Them bickering about pop culture and games and their inside jokes were such wholesome parts in the book.
As the story progresses, you get to see glimpses of Kiran and Deen's past, and you can see Deen being a supportive boyfriend for Kiran's passion for dance, and Kiran getting flustered everytime Deen flirts with her, it legit make me giddy. This book is the definition of "character development." It gave me the development of each and every character and I'm grateful for that. It also gave me two Pakistani American teens just trying their best to be a better version of themselves. And last but not the least, it gave me a Desi wedding and two people in love dancing to Bollywood music.
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 BA in English from Bryn Mawr College, her JD 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 @farahway.
I received a copy of the book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.