Hey Y’all! Last week, I had to take a break because my brain felt a bit off but I’m back! Thank you for your patience! So I’ve mentioned in plenty of posts that I am the child of Immigrants. This is a big part of who I am and guides so much of how I move through this world. I’m honestly so honored and proud to hold such a title. There is also another layer of being first generation born in this country as well! There is so much to unpack about these experiences but I still love having this as part of my background.

Incrediblyyyyyy proud!

While the title of this is “Immigrant Parents Just Don’t Understand”, its the same of some of us not understanding them either. We won’t ever know their sacrifices in the same way, their thought processes and their experiences. We don’t understand all that they are just as they don’t understand all that we are. It’s truly a learning experience. There is so much to navigate in these sorts of relationships because, as you guessed it, I’m speaking from first hand experiences.

Me, trying to navigate my relationship with my own parents, lol

Whenever I read a book where they mention having Immigrant parents, I immediately connect with it. It’s truly a unique experience and it isn’t talked about a lot. It honestly should be talked about more often. With this in mind, I wanted to share a list of a few books where they mention being a child of immigrants or has the experiences of children of immigrants. I’m just sharing a short list because my brain is still gathering itself but there will be several books in different genres ranges.

  • Middle Grade
    • Karthik Delivers by Sheela Chari
    • The Curse On Spectacle Key by Chantel Acevedo
    • Adrift by Tanya Guerrero
    • Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega
  • Young Adult
    • Boys I Know by Anna Garcia
    • Twice As Perfect by Louise Onome
    • The Christmas Clash by Suzanne Park
    • Well, That Was Unexpected by Jesse Q. Sutanto
    • Sunny G’s Series Of Rash Decisions by Navdeep Singh Dhillon
    • Drizzle, Dreams And Lovestruck Things by Maya Prasad
  • Adult
    • A Lowcountry Bride by Preslaysa Williams
    • A Touch Of Moonlight by Yaffa S. Santos
    • Partners In Crime by Alisha Rai
It is true, sometimes they really don’t!

These are all books that I really enjoyed and thought maybe y’all would too! Are there any books that came out recently that have immigrant parents that you enjoyed? Let me know in the comments or on social media on Instagram @bookishgirlmagic, Twitter @bookishgrlmagic and Clubhouse @bookishgrlmagic where you can find me mostly in book centered clubs/rooms (primarily on Tuesdays and Fridays). Also please subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already because it makes me feel seen as a child of immigrants! As usual, I’m sending you tons of bookish love & wish you happy reading!


Published by bookishgirlmagic

I’m reader who has a fierce love for books written by authors of color & belief in the importance of supporting them! My mission is to amplify their voices and work so this generation and all the others after them will have literature that will reflect them.

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