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Come On In

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  331 ratings  ·  131 reviews
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 Au
Hardcover, 315 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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The Nerd Daily
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

I’ve stopped and started this review six times now. I thought part of it was writer’s block, but it’s not. How do I even begin to talk about these incredible immigration stories I just read? The amount of power behind the words on the pages and the feelings that they evoke just make you want to hold this book close to your chest. It has found a special place on my shelves. These are stories that are bittersweet, sad, happy, afr
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

I'm participating in the pre-publication blog tour for this book, so I'm very grateful to ...Hear Our Voices BT for giving me the chance to be part of this movement and also for allowing me to talk about a book with such important content as this one.

This is a very powerful book that shows you some stories told by authors from around the world who have experienced themselves or their families through immigration due to different factors and they reflect it in each of these fictional stories. I r
Mridula Gupta
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Come On In’, a collection of stories based on the collective human experience of immigration, focusses on every aspect of it- pain, stress, grief and loss of one’s identity. These stories strike a chord because of the themes they represent. While parents make most of the decisions when it comes to immigration (legal or not), it is the children who have to adjust the most, leaving behind the land and the language they were born into. Likewise, kids born to immigrant parents fail to find their id ...more
Freda Mans-Labianca
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
An interesting anthology.
Not being an immigrant, I have no idea what it is like to move from one country to the next. I have moved from one province to another, but nothing more than that.
These stories really touched me.
You learn to see the world through someone elses eyes.
Most of it is beautiful, but we all know there is some that is not as pleasant.
Each story is different, with different experiences, and I love that.
You learn about the person, their story, and their heritage. You also learn ho
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Usually I'm not a fan of short story collections and this was no exception. Out of all the stories I loved maybe 2 and the rest were okay. ...more
Gary Anderson
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Come On In is a collection of fifteen short stories focused on immigration by a diverse group of authors best known for their young adult and middle grade novels. Each story includes at least one character who is a teen or approaching that age. Editor Adi Alsaid includes stories from around the globe highlighting both the commonalities of the immigration experience and the uniqueness of each individual’s circumstances. Some stories focus on leaving behind not just places but family, familiarity, ...more
3 stars

Like many other anthologies that I have read in my lifetime, I just thought this one was … fine?? There were a couple of stories that stood out to me, for either how bad they were or how good they were, but on the whole, most of the stories in this collection were very,,, meh to me. I will say, though, the inclusion of a story about a white Irish immigrant being manipulated by a Black guy being included in this collection that largely features stories by authors of color felt very,,, irks
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Average rating: 3.4

1. All the Colors of Goodbye by Nafiza Azad 3/5
2. The Wedding by Sara Farizan 4/5
3. Where I’m From by Misa Sigiura 5/5
4. Salvation and the Sea by Lilliam Rivera 5/5
5. Volviendome by Alaya Dawn Johnson 1/5
6. The Trip by Sona Charaipotra 4/5
7. The Curandera and the Alchemist by Maria E. Andreu 3/5
8. A Bigger Tent by Maurene Goo 4/5
9. First Words by Varsha Bajaj 4/5
10. Family/Everything by Yamile Saied Mendez 4/5
11. When I Was White by Justine Larbalestier 1/5
12. From Golden Stat
Felix Hommy Gonzalez
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know a book is going to be good when you start SOBBING while reading chapter one. 😅 And that was me reading Come On In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Finding Hope, a powerful anthology that explores all the struggle, grief and success of immigrant stories.

I was just a couple pages in, reading the first story, when I started sobbing uncontrollably. And that was NOT the only time I cried. I ended up bawling my eyes out in SEVEN different occasions (and tearing up a lot more). So to say I t
I'm always looking for relevant and recent short stories to bring into my classroom, so when I saw this pop up on NetGalley, I requested it immediately.

Each piece in this collection features a YA protagonist dealing with the immigrant experience. These stories range from characters coming to America and leaving their countries behind, dealing with racial profiling or racial discrimination as immigrant in America, reconciling the cultural expectations with their own cultural identity, and strugg
Kajree Gautom
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Firstly, understand that I had a great time reading that stories and loved them so much!! Before talking more, I must tell you that I've never moved to a different country and hence, I cannot be the right judge for that stories. However, they all touched my heart in different ways - especially the stories The Trip by @sonesone2 and First Words by Varsha Bajaj. Being an Indian, I could very well relate to these characters a lot, and I enjoyed reading them so much! The tension, the anxiousness, th ...more
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
#ComeOnIn is without question one of the best anthologies I have read in a long time. It is educational and informative while also being engaging and full of emotion. Young adults will recognize some of their favorite authors in this book as well as some they may not yet be familiar with. Each story comes with a brief author bio, so young adults can read more by the authors. This book is one teachers should consider purchasing for their classes as well as school libraries. Thank you to #NetGalle ...more
Lisa Welch
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Anthologies are always so hard to rate. Every single reader will like some stories more than others, and those stories can vary depending on the reader. I loved that this anthology really makes the reader think and feel what it must be like to move to a country other than the one you were born in (or your parents were born in). I think every story can help build empathy for the plight of all immigrants. I do wish I had a firmer grasp on what was fiction, what was nonfiction, and what was fiction ...more
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Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Hear Our Voices Book Tours, Netgalley, and Inkyard Press for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

Usually I review an anthology as a whole, and my rating is an average of how I felt about all the stories together, but for this one I
Alyssah Roxas
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it

This novel was a compilation of stories written by minorities authors in the YA community talking about the process of being an immigrant and what they feel about moving from their home country to a new one. Every minority author was able to showcase how an immigrant feels entering a new country that they have absolutely no clue on how things run.

The majority of these stories resonated with me to the very core because being an immigrant, everything was new to me. New rules, new surroundings,
Tahoora Hashmi
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book had my heart from the very first story. To sum it all up Come on In takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride, you'll find yourself relating at times, simply laughing out loud saying "Omg my family do this too!!!!" And at times crying in the corner because how much it hurts. All the pieces were so beautifully crafted that even though the writing style changed with every story they instantly did connect with me.

What I wasn't expecting and absolutely loved about this one was that it
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Come On In was one of my most anticipated books of the year, not only for its beautiful cover but because stories about immigration are very dear to my heart. Some of the authors broke my heart and put it back together, some made me hoped and laughed, and some... some made me so angry that it's hard not to feel disappointed by the anthology at the end.

Let's start with my favorite stories:

*All the Colors of Goodbye by Nafiza Azad. Nafiza captured so well that moment of saying goodbye. The pain a
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
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Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review is just going to be an overview of my thoughts on each individual story. Overall, I really enjoyed this anthology. I thought all the stories worked really well together. A lot of the stories also had compelling writing styles, which made this an interesting read.

- All the colors of goodbye by Nafiza Azad: This story felt so poetic? Something about the writing style very much felt to me like I was reading a poem. There was something in the “I” of this story, in the careful word choic
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Come on In is an anthology full of immigrant story experiences. You go through each story of pain, happiness and unique journeys. From saying goodbye not knowing it will be your last in your country to a joy ride that causes a stressful emotional roller coaster. Come on In is a book everyone should pick up and read.

While each story has such a powerful plot and message, the story that resonated most with me was Salvation of the Sea by Lilliam Rivera. The story follows two friends and is told thro
Caroline (readtotheend on IG)
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love anthologies and this one from YA authors about the immigration experience hit very close to home, as someone who immigrated with my family when I was 2. In "All the colors of Goodbye" and "First Words", we read about the act of putting all of your belongings in one (or if you're lucky, two) bags to move to another country entirely. In my family, we even had a name for this type of bag, that you could zip up to make 3-4 ft tall - the "immigration bag" is what we fondly called it. I used th ...more
Melanie Sligh
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review: 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️/5

Come On In is an anthology of short essays from different YA authors on their immigration story. Some are documented, some are not, some are immigrants, some are the children of immigrants, some wrote about an experience when they were younger, some wrote about an older experience. All stories are poignant and each take a different experience than the next.

No immigrant story is 100% the same. I’ve had so many people come up to me before and say, “Well, this is
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Come On In is an collection of short stories written by a variety of authors who share their experiences with immigration. Each story is unique and encompasses a variety of experiences, but also expresses the shared feelings of doubt, uncertainty, and bravery, all while answering the question "Where are you from?" Which, by the way, is never okay to ask someone and assume that just because this person has black or brown skin, it automatically equates to being born somewhere rather than the US.

Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

In general this was a solid collection. I enjoyed the majority of stories within the collection and I had a good time reading them. I really liked The Trip by Sona Charaipotra, which is about a girl who's stopped at the airport due to how she looks and what's on her passport. It was truly heartbreaking to go through all the emotions the main character goes through and the way Charaipotra is able to convey that through her writing
hudi - brutallyhonestbookworm
"Come on In" was an amazing collection of stories of the journey of families and people finding their way home. As a whole I liked some stories more than the others, some stories seemed very similar but each story was unique in its own way. This book is different than what I usually read because it is more serious, but also very relatable in some ways of the immigrant parents acted. I did resonate with some of the cultures showed, and it gave me a sense of reliability. Overall I really recommend ...more
Dec 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
This is such a great warming collection of stories. It has everything like happiness and sadness, joy etc...
This is one good journey and gives so many perspective towards every one story.
Overall I just loved this one!!!
allie a
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-read
my biggest issue with this book is that the good stories were inconsistent. you would really a really good story then have to go through two really ok stories. but the good story’s were really good. and the ok stories were really ok.
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