Clap When you Land by: Elizabeth Acevedo

Summary:

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.

In a dual narrative novel in verse that brims with both grief and love, award-winning and bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives

The Review: 

I became a huge fan of Elizabeth Acevedo’s work ever since I read The Poet X, one of eh first novels I read that was in verse. Clap When You Land, is another novel also set in verse, this time telling the story of two POVs, Yahaira and Camino

It was great to ready about the two POVs, and she does a good job at giving them their own distinct voice to them. Both of them seeing the different sides of their father’s death. With the death of their father revealed that family secret that they are sisters.

With Camino, she is from the Dominican Republic, who lives with her aunt and dreams about moving to New York and going to Columbia University and becoming a doctor. Her aunt is the neighborhood medical healer, and one of my favorite highlights of the book was seeing her aunt use the herbal mixes and helping out her neighbors.

With Yahaira, she is from New York, who is a smart girl who plays chess mainly with her father.

When both receive the news of their father’s death, they both deal with a lot of emotions. Also they deal with the emotions of finding out about each other, and seeing the man they look up to as someone who had kept a secret.

Acevedo, does a good job at giving them their own distinct voices and seeing them navigate the grief of their father and the discovery of their sister. The verses feel so lyrical and every line of the book mattered.

In the end, Clap When You Land is an amazing book, that does a good job at tackling grief and secrets. Both characters are amazing, and it makes you want to root for them.

Grade: 5/5

WWW Wednesday 6/17/2020

Happy Wednesday everyone,

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The Lightning Thief | Disney Books | Disney Publishing Worldwide

Okay, so the moment I found out about the Disneyplus series, I bought the box set. My only experience with Percy Jackson was the movies unfortunately, but so far I am enjoying this, and hopefully I will read the spin off series as well.

Amazon.com: The Rage of Dragons (The Burning Book 1) eBook: Winter ...

This had me at dragons. I picked this book up back in February and this is a an epic high fantasy, with some great world building so far.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amazon.com: LaGuardia eBook: Okorafor, Nnedi, Ford, Tana: Kindle Store

This is a graphic novel which deals with aliens and immigration, which also feels very timely right now. This was also sitting on my shelf for a long time, and it really is a great one. I have read Nnedi Okorafor books before, and it still has that great world building and characters.

Amazon.com: The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy ...

Going into the mind of N.K. Jemisin again, with a nice sci fi story set in New York, in which a group of seemingly ordinary people who have to work together. Because it’s an N.K Jemisin it has great characters, snappy dialogue and good world building.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Amazon.com: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin eBook: Brown, Roseanne A ...

This just came in a few days ago, and I am dying to read this, and the premise looks amazing.

Amazon.com: Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game Series) (9781335692290 ...

I picked this up back in January, and it has been on my backlist for a while now. I met the author back in January at a book event, and was very intrigued by the premise.