BOOK REVIEW | Come on In

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

 Started: September 4, 2020 | Finished: September 28, 2020

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.

My Review: 4/5 stars

I received this book as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When it comes to anthologies, there's also going to be stories that I love and want more of, and ones that I didn't love so much. That is how this book went for me. There were some stories that I loved so much that when they ended, I wanted more. Then there were some stories that I can't even remember now because I just wasn't as invested in them as I was with others. This book also wasn't what I was expecting, I thought it was a non-fiction anthology where the writes wrote from their personal perspective. I'm sure all did draw from their own personal experiences, but I didn't realize they would use fictional characters. I still loved it, either way, I think it was just that I went into it thinking one thing and had to readjust but luckily that wasn't too hard to do. 

I really enjoyed getting to read all the different stories on varying types of immigration that happens to a multitude of people on a consistent basis. It's eye-opening and educational which is always a worthy read, so I massively enjoyed the book for that. If I wasn't in the middle of trying to read 3 books at once (don't ask me why because even I don't know), I would have flown through this one because it was a really good read, and I highly recommend reading it.

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