Title: Clap When You Land
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Genre: Novel in Verse/Contemporary
Audience: Young Adult
Length: 432 pages
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
Release Date: May 5, 2020
Source: Personal collection
CW: sexual assault, stalking, infidelity, plane crash, death of parent
In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.
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 writing was STUNNING. The poetry was beautifully crafted and the storytelling blew me away. An unthinkable tragedy revealed a betrayal that deeply hurt two families with no possibility of forgiveness. The parallel stories were perfectly juxtaposed and intertwined. I loved the focus on diverse women who react differently to circumstances and try to find the best way to survive. While the verse format makes this a quick read, these complex and complicated characters will stick with you long after you finish reading.