It All Comes Back to You by Farah Naz Rishi


            It All Comes Back to You by Farah Naz Rishi, Quill Tree Books, 2021. 9780062741486

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Romance/Realistic Fiction/Mystery

What did you like about the book? Pakistani Muslim American Kiran is looking forward to sharing an apartment with her older sister, Amira, in Philadelphia as she starts college.  But her sister has fallen in love and actually has plans to move to California with her boyfriend, Faisal.  Not bad enough?  Faisal is the older brother of Deen whom Kiran had been secretly dating three years prior – until he ghosted her.  Kiran is sure the brothers are hiding some terrible secret so she enlists the help of old friend and neighbor Asher to sabotage the wedding, yes wedding!  The story is told alternately by Kiran and Deen enhanced with conversations from three years ago.  The two have also been corresponding with each other under aliases in virtual gaming though neither is aware of who the other is.  The glimpse into Pakistani Muslim life makes this story so rich and informative to those of us who have not entered this realm.  In addition to the Pakistani/Muslim characters there is also Asher who is Filipino and Faisal’s friend, Haris, who is Black Muslim.   A rich, multi-faceted story with an ending one really might not expect.

Anything you did not like about the book?  There are a great many Muslim/Pakistani words with no glossary.  I would really have appreciated translations.

To whom would you recommend this book? Teens looking to expand their knowledge of Muslim families and culture in a romantic mystery are sure to enjoy this story.

Who should buy this book?  Public and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  YA Fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review:  January 20, 2022

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