Book Review: Clap When You Land

Guys! I read a beautiful book and I think that you should too! This one was called Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Synopsis: 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.

This was my first experience with a book written in verse and I thought that it was done beautifully. I was a little nervous going into it because I though it was going to be like poetry but the story flowed so naturally and it didn’t even feel like it was broken up in the sentence structure that it was.

There was a deep exploration of family bonds and how love and forgiveness can be the key when dealing with grief.

I liked the dual perspective and how we got to see both sister’s side to the story and how each of them dealt with their father’s death in their own way. I also really enjoyed the fact that there was some LGBTQ+ rep in the book.

I would be excited to try out more of Elizabeth Acevedo’s books as I have heard they are similar in style to this one!

Book Rating: 4.5/5

You can buy this book on Amazon and find it on Goodreads.

Disclaimer: I was gifted this book for my birthday and read it because I wanted to. I was in no way compensated for this review.



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