Welcome Home collects a number of adoption-themed fictional short stories, and brings them together in one anthology from a diverse range of celebrated Young Adult authors. The all-star roster includes Edgar-award winner Mindy McGinnis, New York Times bestselling authors C.J. Redwine (The Shadow Queen) and William Ritter (Jackaby), and acclaimed YA authors across all genres, like Adi Alsaid, Lauren Gibaldi, Sangu Mandanna, Karen Akins, and many more.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher. This does not influence my thoughts on the book or this review.
It’s always a hit-or-miss with anthologies, you may not like all the stories or feel like some of the stories don’t fit in the anthology, but I think that Welcome Home is a solid anthology full of a unique and well-written collection of stories about adoption.
I knew based on the premise alone that I would be crying, and I was not wrong. I think I probably teared up throughout the first few stories so if you’re looking for stories with emotion and heart, I highly recommend this anthology. The collection was sorted by author last-name so there was no clear hierarchy of stories and I liked that all the stories included a small brief author note about the author’s connection to adoption or why they were happy to be included in the anthology. I also loved that I got to discover new-to-me authors.
Overall, if you’re looking for a well-rounded anthology with a lot of heart, I highly recommend this one.