Review: “Clap When You Land” by Elizabeth Acevedo



In this novel in verse, 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.



Actual Rating 4.5/ 5 

“…When you touch down on this soil, you must clap when you land.”

“Clap When You Land” was my most anticipated book of 2020. Elizabeth Acevedo is one of my favorite authors so I could not add this book to my TBR list fast enough. This review will not give the book justice. I have no words. It was a beautiful story, with beautiful characters all told in Acevedo’s amazing prose. The subject matter is one that often goes untold, especially in YA books. Family secrets, grief, resentment. There were just so many elements that made this story whole; poverty, class, and colorism being among them. I enjoyed the alternating point of views as well as the secondary characters. This book touched my heart in ways that were both heartbreaking and uplifting, devastating but also hopeful.

I love the fact that in each book I have read by Elizabeth Acevedo I close the book and know that I have taken something away from its pages. This time was no different. In addition to this, I was not at all familiar with Flight AA587 ( the second deadliest plane crash in American history) prior to reading. Absolutely heartbreaking.…

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