Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo | Review

“A queen
offers her hand to be kissed,
& can form it into a fist
while smiling the whole damn time.”





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.


Firstly, I want to say thank you to Netgalley and Hot Key Books for allowing me to have an EARC of Clap When You Land, I am so grateful for the opportunity.

I recently read my first book that was written in verse and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. When I found out that Clap When You Land is written in the same style I knew that I needed to get my hands on it and give it a go.

It is unquestionable that the writing in this book is beautiful. I felt the warmth and hope from the very beginning until the end of the book. I was memorised from start to finish. I read this at night on my kindle and I found that I struggled to put the book down and go to sleep because I just wanted to read more and more. I was hooked and entranced by the wonderful style.

The characters in this book were so raw. Such an awful chain of events leave them to be in a position that they did not believe would ever happen. Watching each girl cope with the event in different ways was really raw and beautiful to watch. I was so fascinated by their different lives, their cultures and general beings. I found myself wanting more and more from them.

The one complaint I do have about this book is that the characters are a bit too similar. I get that they are sisters, the discover each other and they are bound to be similar. But at times I really struggled to identify who was who and from what point of view I was reading from. I found myself trying to identify secondary characters like Tia and Dre just so I knew which sister we were talking about.

I loved the ending of this book and the happily ever after. It made me feel really warm inside. Special mention to Dre, her little gesture at the end was absolutely beautiful and bought a tear to my eye.

I am interested in reading more by this author and would recommend this book.

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