Blog Tour Review: It All Comes Back to You by Farah Naz Rishi

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A complex novel about misunderstandings, sibling love, and misplaced good intentions.

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond and Farah Naz Rishi for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing Date: September 14, 2021

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? 

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Content and Trigger Warnings

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

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.

Review (no spoilers)

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

Let me tell you something: Farah Naz Rishi has range. I previously read her novel I Hope You Get This Message which was a kind of end-of-the-world sci-fi novel and really enjoyed it. It All Comes Back to You is a contemporary (with romance vibes), and it has become clear to me that I thoroughly enjoy her writing style, regardless of genre. It is easy to read and somehow relaxing, even when you’re reading things that are frustrating.

Writing this review is going to be difficult for me, because I have such conflicted feelings about the plot/characters of this novel. It relies solely on the miscommunication/lack of communication trope, which is something I despise, but I was actually totally okay with it in the beginning. The story has a strong emphasis on sibling protectiveness, and I can admire that, especially when so many YA novels have dysfunctional family relationships between siblings. You often don’t think clearly when it comes to family, so the initial premise made sense to me.

The thing that I had the most trouble with, and the reason I had to rate this three stars, was that I thoroughly disliked Kiran. Without her self-righteousness, almost every problem in this book would have been solved quickly and efficiently. She does completely deplorable things in this book, and I felt like the severity of how terrible she was being was completely downplayed. Even the blurb seems to place the plot-blame on Deen when Kiran was 100% the real issue. The more I read, the less I wanted her to have a happy ending. While I could understand her motivation for wanting to do what she did, her actions were indefensible for me. Instead of having a civilized talk to work things out, she decides that the way to go about things is to lie, cheat, and manipulate. I really wanted her to have more character growth than she got.

Deen, on the other hand, was the perfect foil to Kiran’s character. They both have a strong devotion to protecting their siblings, but they show it in contrasting ways–and Deen’s way was less destructive overall (though very self-destructive). While Kiran is constantly stirring up trouble because she refuses to acknowledge her sister’s autonomy, Deen is just trying to do his best to ensure that he brother is happy. Deen was the main reason I continued with the book despite not liking Kiran. Every time I got to his chapters, it was a much-needed break from Kiran. Deen was far from perfect, but he was much more personable and relatable.

Other things I really liked about It All Comes Back to You were the amazing side characters (I loved Amira and Vinny), as well as the completely adorable flash back texts. They were almost nauseating with how cute they were. I imagine they were the reason this book gets marketed as YA romance when it’s really a YA contemporary. Past Kira and Past Deen were the most charming couple before their relationship fell apart. The present-time anonymous messaging component also added a layer of cuteness to the story, but it was definitely not to the same extent as the text messages from the past.

As I said previously, I very much enjoy Farah Naz Rishi’s writing style. I’d recommend trying this book out (and/or I Hope You Get This Message) if it sounds even vaguely interesting to you, because I think she’s someone who will appeal to a wide range of people. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for her next book.

It All Comes Back to You releases tomorrow! You can grab yourself a copy at any of the purchase links listed above!

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