Book Reviews, Contemporary, YA

Clap When You Land – Elizabeth Acevedo

Publication Date: May 5, 2020
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 432
Dates Read: October 22-29, 2020
Format: Hardcover

GoodReads Synopsis

In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.

And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

My Review


This was my first read of any Elizabeth Acevedo books, and while it was hard for me in the beginning and very slow to really get into the verse/poetry writing style, it was a phenomenal book!

This book largely dealt with grief following a tragedy, but I felt that (while listening to the audiobook) that the duel perspective and the two character narrators made the story very cozy feeling. I loved that the two girls stories were mirror images to each other but they were also very personal with different elements. I highly recommend this one!

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