Today I’m hosting the blog tour for It All Comes Back to You by Farah Naz Rishi brought to you by TBR and Beyond Tours. There are so many exciting book tags, mood bords, interviews and review in this tour. If you have time, please check them out.
Thanks a ton to TBR and Beyond Tours, HarperCollins Children’s Books, and Netgalley for the eARC. All thoughts and ideas expressed here are my own.
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About the Book
Title: It All Comes Back to You • By: Farah Naz Rishi
Published by: Quill Tree Books (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
On: September 14, 2021• Pace: Fast
Pages: 432 •Age: 13+ Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporray (Romance) • Rating: 3/5★
Song: I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston
Content Warnings // References to death of a parent, references to drug use, emotional abuse, anxiety, guilt, Islamophobia Mentioned, Bullying
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?
About the Author
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.
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Rep: Pakistani American Muslim(MCs), Desi (SCs), Black Muslim (friend)
This book gave me big-time Pride and Prejudice vibes. The hate between Kiran and Deen was palpable, and I wonder how Faisal and Amira couldn’t see that. Kiran was the only person who could rile Deen and crack his friendly, go-to mask. Up to a point, their behavior made sense to me, and then the lies, deception, and hate snowballed and hit them where it mattered the most at a crucial time.
I loved their text exchanges. Kiran and Deen’s online persona was more funny and relaxed than their actual selves. They would listen before jumping to judgments or conclusions, and Cambria was their common ground where they could be friends without asking or knowing about their real lives.
What I really appreciate the most in this book is the genuine Desi rep and the sibling relationships. Their desi-ness was not in my face but sneaked into the story at the right intervals, keeping it fun, dramatic, and mellow.
Kiran’s idea of family meant to look out for her sister and dad constantly. It was a promise she made to her mother, and she wanted to keep it. She went too far to protect her sister and failed to see that she was wrong. Deen was also worried about keeping his brother’s secret, but if he had sat down and spoken to Kiran, things would have turned out differently between them. Both Deen and Kiran should have confronted each other, but they took their sweet time plotting and going to lengths to save their siblings.
Like many bloggers pointed out in their reviews, this book is more a YA Contemporary than a Romance novel. If this was a YA Contemporary book, I’d have rated it 4 stars because it showed so much promise on personal growth. But since it is marketed as a YA Romance, I had to take two stars for the miscommunication between the four main characters and the focus on siblings relationship overshadowing the romance between Deen and Kiran.
Packed with humor, smooth writing, and showing great signs for character development, It All Comes Back to You is a YA Desi book that highlights real-life problems that make loving and letting go of the past hard for the main characters. If you’re in the mood for something light, dramatic, lots of witty banter, and a slice of desi life and intrusive aunts, then this is your book.
You’ve always been so strong. But being strong means trusting them to take on their own battles once in a while.
Have you read this book or is it on your TBR? Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments.
P.S. I liked the author’s writing and other things in the book, so I’m definitely gonna read another book by this author. Reading this book made me realize how rarely I pick desi books; I’ll have to work on that.
That’s all for today. Happy Weekend!!
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