It All Comes Back to You

Quill Tree/HarperCollins/. Sept. 2021. 432p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062741486.
Gr 9 Up–It’s the summer before college, and desi Muslim Kiran is excited for her older sister, Amira, to move home so they can proceed with their plans to get an apartment together while Kiran attends Penn and Amira works as a lawyer. Then, the unthinkable happens: Amira meets someone. Suddenly, she’s getting engaged and planning to move across the country with him. This is all happening way too fast for Kiran, who is convinced that Faisal, Amira’s fiance, is hiding something. Plus, Kiran secretly dated Faisal’s brother, Deen, before he suddenly ghosted her. Their siblings’ pending nuptials mean that Deen is back in Kiran’s life, and, while Kiran is doing her best to find the truth, Deen is putting his all into making sure the wedding goes off without a hitch. As the wedding draws closer, it seems that everyone has a hidden agenda, and love might not be enough to overcome these obstacles. Told in alternating chapters from the perspectives of Kiran and Deen, this coming-of-age tale deftly incorporates elements of desi and Muslim culture, grief, and overcoming trauma into a story about love and change, what it means to be a family, and how relationships can shift over time. Although this is not a romance in a traditional sense, it will resonate with readers who enjoy stories about all kinds of love.
VERDICT This contemporary story of Pakistani American Muslim characters is a great addition to YA collections in school and public libraries.

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