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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, 256 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
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
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
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
Inkyard Press
Oct 01, 2020 is currently reading it
Young Adult Coming of Age, Young Adult Social Themes
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Find this review and more on my blog Sometimes Leelynn Reads

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
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
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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.

huda (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
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to Inkyard Press and NetGalley for my advance review copy of Come On In, an anthology of short stories written by an incredibly talented group of YA authors and compiled by Adi Alsaid.

15 stories, each one unique, but each one the story of immigration. From Mexico. Ecuador. Argentina. Australia. Fiji. India. Korea. No two experiences or stories are the same, but the people in them are all searching for a new home, and grieving what they’ve lost. In Come On In, Alsaid has compiled a p
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an electronic ARC from Inkyard Press through NetGalley.
Powerful anthology of short stories that share the immigrant experience in the US. Each author has a story to tell from their own immigrant voice. A wide variety of writing styles and messages all uniting to share how important each person's life story is.
It’s always hard to rate an anthology especially one like this one- filled with stories about immigration. I assume many, if not most of the authors are telling something a akin to a fictionalized version of their own story or at least representing people of similar background. And these stories are beautifully told, each so unique from the last not just in terms of country of origin but in style and focus. There was only one that I didn’t particularly care for and several that absolutely wowed ...more
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m not crying, you are.

Thanks to the incredible team at Hear Our Voices Book Tours I had the chance to read and review Come On In, an anthology that I feel is the epitome of show, not tell, when it comes to diverse cultural experiences.

There is something very special about reading so much truth in one place. And this all really resonated with me, specially after talking with Zoraida -a contributing author to his anthology-. In our interview (you can watch it at the end of this review), she ment
Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
I received an advance review copy from Inkyard Press through Netgalley; all opinions are my own and honest.
Linda Naquin
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. I definitely want a few copies for my classroom.
It has taken me 9 days to read this book. A collection of short stories that delves down deep into the lives of young adults who have had to leave their home of origin for higher pursuits, because of circumstances or because they had no choice. It took me 9 days to finish, not because the book was long, but because the stories were so intense and emotional that I could barely read more than 1 story at a time. It was so heartbreaking, gut wrenching, stressful, and godawful to see these people, hu ...more
Mia | The Bookish Feminist
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
COME ON IN is an empowering, honest, compassionate look into the lives of a diverse group of authors who have shared short stories about their lives or characters whose lives they relate to. They are stories of family relationships, friendships, young romance, of trying to figure out who we are and hoping people will see us and accept us for it. The stories tackle the complex and layered identities of immigrants, moving away from home, micro-aggressions and their effects on young people's identi ...more
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Come on In
I’m participating in the pre-publication tour for this incredible collection of short stories and want to take a moment to thank Hear Our Voices BT for including me in this beautiful project!
As an #OwnVoices reader, I felt like some of these stories put into words things I have felt for as long as I can remember. The pieces about mixed-race characters particularly resonated with me, the idea of being too much of each side to be enough of the other and not being American enough as well.
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Find this review and more on my blog at Worlds Unlike Our Own .

Thank you to the publisher, Inkyard Press, and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I read very few anthologies and review even fewer. They largely tend to be a hit or miss for me, as I tend to prefer one continuous story with the same style of writing and narration, so I rather surprised myself when I requested this ARC. This is going to be a shorter review than is normal for me be
This book is a gem!! I devoured it, and can’t wait to discover more from each and every author within the pages. Come On In is a collection of short stories that revolve around the theme of immigration, written by 15 different YA authors. I picked up the book because I saw Isabel Quintero’s name, and I love everything that she has written, but I discovered so many more authors!! In this collection we read about leaving one’ s country of birth, about growing up first generation in the US, about t ...more
Meg at
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Come on In, America is Waiting!
Come On In is a collection of fifteen stories, organized around the central theme of immigration. Specifically, about how immigrants feel as they try to fit into life in the United States, which they understand through film, TV, or books…or sometimes, not at all. The anthology is edited by Adi Alsaid, and also includes short stories from Alaya Dawn Johnson, Maureen Goo, Justine Larbalestier, and Maria E. Andreu, among others. Each short story is a work of fiction,
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Come On In // edited by Adi Alsaid

When I first saw this book, I knew I had to read it. I am an immigrant myself that just recently became a citizen. But I am on the end of the spectrum of immigrants that is extremely privileged when it comes to the ease of receiving the papers that allowed me to come here, stay here, and then eventually become a citizen. I am also married to a person that is much closer to the other end of that spectrum. We’ve had many conversations about this in the past and it
Davina Frazier
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fifteen different countries. Fifteen different stories. But, one common thread--the experience of being an immigrant. In the new anthology, aptly titled, Come On In, Adi Alsaid has assembled short stories that give voice to the immigrant experience. Most of the stories were first person narratives, which allowed you to connect with the character and understand their perspective, challenges, and celebrations of being an immigrant. The book begins and ends with stories about leaving one's native l ...more
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Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, where he now lives, writes, and spills hot sauce on things. He's the author of several YA novels including LET'S GET LOST, NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES, and NORTH OF HAPPY.

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