Friday, October 9, 2020

Come on In; Adi Alsaid

Title: Come on In
Editor: Adi Alsaid
Authors: Yamile Saied Mendez; Zoraida Cordova; Alaya Dawn Johnson; Maurene Goo; Justine Larbalestier; Sona Charaipotra; Nafiza Azad; Maria E. Andreu; Misa Sugiura; Sharon Morse; Sara Farizan; Varsha Bajaj; Lilliam Rivera; Isabel Quintero
Genre: Anthologies; Short Stories; Young Adult
Publication Date: October 13th, 2020
Publisher: Inkyard Press

This exceptional and powerful anthology explores the joys, heartbreaks and triumphs of immigration, with stories by bestselling and beloved YA authors who are themselves immigrants and the children of immigrants.


From some of the most exciting bestselling and up-and-coming YA authors writing today...journey from Ecuador to New York City and Argentina to Utah, from Australia to Harlem and India to New Jersey, from Fiji, America, Mexico and more... Come On In.

With characters who face random traffic stops, TSA detention, customs anxiety, and the daunting and inspiring journey to new lands, who camp with their extended families, dance at weddings, keep diaries, teach ESL, give up their rooms for displaced family, decide their own answer to the question "where are you from?" and so much more, Come On In illuminates fifteen of the myriad facets of the immigrant experience.

*A Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this for a honest and unbiased review*


 Hello Fellow Readers,

Ever read an anthology where each story caused an impact you felt in your chest? Reading Come on in was like that. Honestly, I'm not sure if I am going to be able to adequately write how this book made me feel, I am afraid that whatever I saw won't do this book justice, but I am going to try.

The first adjective that I would use is powerful. The pen is supposedly mightier than the sword but there are not a lot of books that can display this. However, the stories in this book have the ability to showcase just that. The second adjective would be magical. Each story was written in a way where I felt I was transported there right along beside the characters. 

I know I will never truly be able to know what any of these characters really feel considering I was born in the U.S. but my mother wasn't and it really puts into perspective of what she must have felt and gone through. it makes me feel closer to her. One of the things this anthology does, is give you information about each author after the story and since I absolutely loved each one (which is a rarity for me), so I now have a list of authors to add to my must read list.

Overall, this book is a must read to me.

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