All Signs Lead Back to You by Aniesha Brahma
As the final bell for the day rang on their last day in school, Diya Rai, had a chill run down her spine. The chill of not knowing what the future holds for her and her high school sweetheart, Ashwin Chowdhury.
So she does a preemptive strike.
She dumps him before he can hurt her.
Two years later, Ashwin and Diya, cross paths. Each holds grudges, feelings and only one half of the story that completes them.
Told from alternating points of view, through a non-linear timeline, this is the story about
first love, second chances and ALL the SIGNS THAT LEAD BACK TO YOU.
Meet the Characters
Diya Rai – is the protagonist of the story whose actions have always had terrible consequences for those around her. Diya is self-absorbed and never chooses anyone else over her own self. Diya’s troubled past keeps her from letting people into her life. Even though she’s hurt Ashwin she wants him back in her life years later.
Ashwin Chowdhury – is her best friend in school and later on, boyfriend. He is left heartbroken by Diya but when their paths cross later on, he realises he doesn’t want anything to do with her. He lives with his mother and elder brother and hails from a upper middle-class family background.
Nina Gonzales – is Diya’s best friend in college. She and Diya had met during their admissions and had become fast friends with one another. Nina and Ashwin end up competing with one another to see who is really Diya’s best friend!
Rishabh – is the quintessential hot, rich guy that Diya dates in college. He seems to be in love with her, but Diya doesn’t seem to return the same affection towards him. Nina hates his guts.
Trina – is the girl Ashwin is interested in. She goes to the same college as Diya and Nina, and while Diya dislikes her mostly because Ashwin seems to be interested in her, Nina is indifferent to her.
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After reading and thoroughly enjoying When Our Worlds Collide, I was waiting for and really excited to read another Aniesha Brahma book. So when I heard of All Signs Lead Back to You, I knew I had to read it. While it wasn't as good as When Our Worlds Collide, I still enjoyed reading All Signs Lead Back to You, which was a cute read with a beautiful ending.
All Signs Lead Back to You is the story of high school sweethearts Diya and Ashwin, who are the exact opposites and make for a perfect pair. Diya is the storm to Ashwin's calm. Ashwin was an absolute gentleman for his character was very kind, gentle and understanding. Diya was the kind of character who loves to light a fire, but doesn't quite know how to put it off. I find it difficult to like such characters, but in some way, Diya managed to make a place in my heart, because sometimes- and I really mean, very, very few times- she reminded me at little of myself.
There were parts of the Diya Ashwin story that I really liked, like how they connect over books and can sit talking about them like they're real. That was very relatable and extremely adorable. What I didn't quite like was the sometimes very unnecessary drama that they created, but when I really think about it, they are so young and they've so much to learn, so all is fair and forgiven.
All Signs Lead Back to You was a very cute read that had its ups and downs, but was a very entertaining and enjoyable read overall. The characters were well thought of and portrayed. I could easily ignore the many typos because Aniesha Brahma's simple and lovely writing made the story very easy to understand and follow. Like I said before, I didn't like this one as much as When Our Worlds Collide, but I would still recommend All Signs Lead Back to You because it's a short, simple and sweet read.
*Note: A copy of this book was provided by author Aniesha Brahma and DDS @ B00k R3vi3ws in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.