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?
Note: Thank you to SparkPoint Studio for providing me an e-arc of the book. This has in no way affected my review, all my opinions remain unbiased and honest.
It All Comes Back To You: ARC Review
It All Come Back To You is a beautifully written, vibrant story about to exes who’s siblings are getting married. What you can expect is a lot of banter, desi wedding vibes and family drama! To start with, I really loved the author’s writing. The language of the story is so engaging and gripping, I couldn’t keep the book down once I started. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of desi words, language and culture which really had me day-dreaming. Like hello the lavish descriptions of gulab jamuns and chum chum? Ugh, my mouth is watering yet again…
I like that the author added in text conversations between Deen and Kiran from their gaming room as well as from three years ago when they used to date. It really provided us perspective and more information on the characters and their desires as well as fears. Plus a lot of them were sassy and witty and just added to the humor.
Apart from the writing, I think the strongest point in this book were the characters. Each and every main and side characters were well fleshed out and I just immediately liked them. Don’t get me wrong, these aren’t likable characters. In fact most of them are incredibly messy and make multiple mistakes that made me bang my head and scream at my screen. They’re jagged at the edges but that’s what attracted me to them. I absolutely love reading messy teens making mistakes.
My favourite character had to be Faisal who’s this big guy yet awkward and soft boi inside. My mind just immediately squeals: PROTEC!!! Hehe, other than that both Deen and Kiran were such well-written characters. They had a certain energy around each other as well as a lot of animosity and banter which made their scenes really fun to read. It was actually very interesting to see how they were both so different and softer when they weren’t around each other. Both were battling their own demons of grief, guilt and loneliness. Both were stubborn and determined as hell, especially when it came to protecting their family.
I felt that the themes of grief and the relationships between both pairs of siblings were really well-written. You could see the inner turmoil Kiran was going through as she desperately tried to hang on to the last words of her mother to keep her family together. Her emotions and grief really led her to make some big mistakes but the journey was really lovely to see as a reader. I also loved the friendship between Deen and Vinny! It was so heartwarming and while it didn’t add much to the plot per say, it did shape Deen’s journey and character.
I have to say though, despite all those positives the plot felt a bit stretched. I honestly think the story could have been wrapped up a bit earlier and things got dragged out. At some point I had guessed the mystery behind Faisal and Deen’s part after which I was just waiting for a quick climax and resolution
Also… the miscommunication trope was a huge part of the story. I normally hate this trope to death but I found it was still okay in this book. If only the plot hadn’t been stretched out this might actually have been a book where I liked the miscommunication trope? Wow.
There’s also a marketing problem wherein this book was pitched as a lighthearted rom-com but there’s not a lot of romance here, we just get a lot of banter and anger from the protagonists. The romance of their relationship was set in their past, something we only get a glimpse of. And there are discussions of some topics that could definitely be triggering for readers as well.
But overall I found this to be an enjoyable read, filled with desi vibes and lots of characters to coo over. You should definitely give It All Comes Back To You a shot when you can!
Is this book on your TBR or do you plan on reading it?
Do you always hate the miscommunication trope or do you think it works for certain books?
Which other desi 2021 releases are you waiting for or ended up loving?