Friday, June 26, 2020

YA Review: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Title: Clap When You Land
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Year Published: 2020

Genre: YA fiction (verse)
Pages: 432
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2020 Google Reading map): Dominican Republic and USA (NY)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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. 

Review: This is my third Elizabeth Acevedo novel and I really enjoyed it. I first read Poet X, which I thought was fantastic, then With the Fire On High, which I liked, but not quite as much, mostly because I am not really a foodie. This new one is right up there with Poet X.

Acevedo has a way of evoking emotion with her verse that is powerful; she conjures smells, sites, sounds, and feelings that make the reader feel they are there and can feel what the characters are feeling. And she did this for both sisters, showing how they are different and similar.

Both Yahaira and Camino are characters to whom I could relate. I cared about them, wanted the best for them, and I wanted to protect them, especially Camino. Their heartache is apparent, their desire and need for comfort is clear. But wait. That makes them both sound needy and weak and they certainly are neither. I loved that the girls are strong and learning how to express themselves, to accept help when they need it, and to know that they deserve to know each other and go after their dreams.

I was caught up in the story, the location, and the emotions of this book.

 And, yes, I have clapped when we landed.

Challenges for which this counts: 
This book counts for the Popsugar challenge because I chose to read it because I liked the title


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