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.
Disclaimer: This review is not sponsored. I was given an copy of the book by the publisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing, via Edelweiss+ in exchange for my honest opinion.
CW: Death of a family member, Grief, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault
Have you ever read a story that hits close to home in ways you never imagined? If not, have you ever read a book that broke your heart and stitch it back whole again? That’s what I felt reading Elizabeth Acevedo’s new book, Clap When You Land.
The book is still told in a distinctive, hard-hitting emotional verse style that Acevedo used in her debut novel, The Poet X. I haven’t read that book yet, but meeting Elizabeth Acevedo for the first time through this book was like meeting an old friend. It was so relatable on different aspects.
We follow two remarkable female protagonists: Camino and Yahira, both coming from different backgrounds, but share the same values and qualities of bravery and love for their families. It’s a story heavily written with family dynamics, coping with a loss of a loved one and finding their way back of redefining what “family” really means. To be honest, it was more than just a YA book for me.
You will also notice that the book was written in two POVs, and both Camino and Yahira’s way of telling their stories are different. Though they were diverse in nature, they were tied in the middle with one of the most important characters in the story — their father.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo is a manifestation of how a tragic event can bring people together. How a loss magically gives a gain to those who were left, and how sisterhood and female power is a force to be reckoned with. I couldn’t recommend this book enough.
And can I just say that I’m so happy that Elizabeth Acevedo commented on my IG post:
The book was recently published on May 5th and is now available worldwide. You can place your orders on the links below:
Elizabeth Acevedo is a New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X and With the Fire on High. Her critically-acclaimed debut novel, The Poet X, won the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She is also the recipient of the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, the CILIP Carnegie Medal, and the Boston Globe-Hornbook Award. Additionally, she was honored with the 2019 Pure Belpré Author Award for celebrating, affirming, and portraying Latinx culture and experience Follow her on Instagram.