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Clap When You Land

clapwhenyouland Clap When You Land
by Elizabeth Acevedo

Released: 5th May 2020
Keywords: YA, Contemporary, In verse, Sisters, Loss of parent, LGBTQ+, Sexual assault

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.
Papi’s death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

This is the first Elizabeth Acevedo book I have read and also the first book in verse I have read. I wasn’t sure how well the experience would be with it being all in verse and I had doubts that it could be as detailed and impactful as a regular book but I was pleasantly surprised and loved it.

The author’s writing is gorgeous and really relates the grief felt by the characters over the loss of their father and also the complicated feelings that come from discovering you have a sibling you didn’t know existed and the prospects of meeting and getting to know them.

It was interesting getting to learn about some of the culture from the Deminican Republic and the contrast in how the two main character’s live their lives is pretty eye opening. There is also a f/f relationship which I always find refreshing to see.

The book’s main focus is family and caring for one another and helping eachother through the toughest times, both a sad and incredibly heart warming read that I will revisit again in the future.

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

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