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Clap When You Land

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  197 ratings  ·  103 reviews
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.

Paperback, 432 pages
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Hot Key Books
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chai ♡
Day 20 of social distancing: time to read an Acevedo book and restore a semblance of purpose to my life
Emily May
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, poetry, arc, 2020
A queen
offers her hand to be kissed,
& can form it into a fist
while smiling the whole damn time.

Perhaps what I love most about Clap When You Land, besides the author's obvious talent for writing moving free verse, is that it brings attention to something that so many of us forgot about or never heard about. Tragedies happen all the time. Some are noticed, when they are newsworthy and drenched in politics-- terrorism, school shootings, for example --but some are left to be grieved only by
Oct 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
I dont need to read the blurb to know that I will be reading this book.
No diggety, no doubt.
Oct 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
So this cover pops up in my feed and I'm like: "Wow".
And then I read the synopsys and my mind is like:
"Damn, this would probably be great in audiobook format, but maybe I'm just picturing this as an Elizabeth Acevedo type of thing."
And then I looked up to actually see who wrote this.
I swear to god you can *smell* this woman's talent.
Feb 05, 2020 marked it as 2020
Shelves: black-writers
I just preordered this. I never preorder books. Elizabeth Acevedo is just that good. Duh.
Mar 19, 2020 is currently reading it
I just requested this one from NetGalley, please pray to the Gods for me
Nov 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
I'm so in love with this author. The fact she is Dominican only increases my love for her (I'm Dominican too).

I can only say the way she writes all these verses in her books are so painful but at the same time so enchanting because she knows and describes how Dominican culture is and how the young Dominican generation suffers.

So... I just gonna say to Elizabeth: Dale pa' allá vieja y gracias por decir tantas cosas que nos callamos.
Dannii Elle
A plan crash kills hundreds and affects even more. Two of them are teen girls with an ocean that separates them but a newly discovered blood link that now bonds them.

The POWER and BEAUTY of this cover is just something else and the story delivered much of the same vibe. I read this on the back of two emotionally traumatic reads and fully feel like I've shut down a little, following them. If this had not been so I'm sure the harrowing events depicted here and the focus on loss, grief, and assault
Julia ✨
Mar 29, 2020 marked it as tbr-must-read-soon
i think about this book every single day.

31/03 UPDATE: i received the arc, and i am screaming into the void.
This was once again a beautiful Elizabeth Acevedo book, and a beautiful verse novel! If the author is narrating the audiobook again, I already can't wait to do a reread.

CWs: plane crash, death of a parent, past death of a parent, grief, attempted rape, assault, sexual assault, threat of forced sex work
Jan 01, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases

I was hesitant at first to read The Poet X due to it being in prose, and I felt like I would not enjoy reading that since I don't really like poetry. But I read the first couple of pages while in Barnes and Noble, and was completely blown away. So I absolutely cannot wait to read another book from this author, especially one in prose. This is definitely one of my top books to read in 2020!!!

Andrea Tomé
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A brilliant novel and a raw and honest depiction of Dominican identity, sisterhood and family. Elizabeth Acevedo never disappoints 💜
bookreaderinluv but she's tired too
yo this cover is so fucking beautiful!
Wait. This is another verse novel from our Queen Acevedo??? Sign me up.
I truly dont know how she does it.
The Poet X was masterful.
Clap When You Land, I think, goes even further.
Its a story of tragedy that unlocks secrets.
Its a story of two sisters who were not aware of the others existence.

Papi had two lives.
Papi has two daughters.

Papi was a man split in two,
playing a game against himself.

But the problem with that
is that in order to win, you also always lose.

Its a love letter to the Dominican Republic and to New Yorks Dominican communities.
Its a study of family
Oct 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
I will read literally anything Elizabeth Acevedo writes. Shes such a goddamn treasure. ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book
Acevedo always seems to touch my heart with her writing and this book is no different. I started it not even 24 hours ago and I just couldn't stop reading. It's an original and messy story, but it is so powerful and I honestly just loved it from the beginning to the end.
faith ✨
Um, does HarperCollins love me? They literally just approved me for 7 ARCs. We are t h r i v i n g in this house.

I received an e-ARC from Quill Tree Books, a HarperCollins imprint, via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Acevedo is undoubtedly one of my favourite YA authors. Full review to come when Ive reflected a little further on this one. ...more
Ashleigh Rose
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You'd better believe I finagled my way to ALA to snag an ARC of this.

Liz is BACK, speaking big truths in short verses. When their Papi dies in a tragic accident, Camino and Yahaira's lives begin to unravel in ways they could never have imagined, considering they never even knew the other existed. Around the black hole left by an imperfect man, powerful women orbit one another learning where their paths have diverged and crossed, and where they may need to work to find just a little more space
Tanya Tate
Feb 14, 2020 marked it as will-come-back-to  ·  review of another edition
It took me a few minutes (since I didn't read the summary blurb because it's Elizabeth Acevedo and I don't need to) to realize that there were two girls as narrators because for a few chapters there wasn't enough identifying them individually, but then I figured it out and realized that I was on a crash course to get some emotional connection between the two and boy was it! The two girls are living different lives only to realize they have one big connection and it isn't until a tragic plane ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just as perfect as I was anticipating, could not put this book down! Ever since reading The blurb in the back of With The Fire On High I've been desperate to read this. Another beautiful book by Elizabeth Acevedo, three books read, all five stars!
Nina O'Daniels
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Is there anything Elizabeth Acevedo cannot do? This book is gorgeous.
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another gloriously gorgeous book from Elizabeth Acevedo. Read everything she writes!
Kimberly Rein
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW!!! Elizabeth Acevedo has done it again!!! She is an amazing author with two other great books, but this one is even better than the last, if that's possible.

One man, two daughters who don't know about each other, and many secrets.

A plane crash unearth's this man's secrets and why he lives in NY from Oct.-May, and the DR from June-Sept.

Pick it up to see what happens with these two young ladies who are dealing with so much already.

Told in verse, another home run for Acevedo!
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5 stars

Content Warnings: Death of a parent, infidelity, sexual harassment, attempted sexual assault

I received an advanced readers copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Clap When You Land follows the story of Camino and Yahaira Rios, half-sisters whose father died in a plane crash. The girls find out about each other and Yahaira goes to the Dominican Republic to meet Camino.
Im not a fan of free-verse poetry in general, and because of that this book didnt really work as
Elvina Zafril
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Clap When You Land was brilliant! It was an emotional read.

Two sisters dont know about each other's existence until their father died in a tragic accident. I didnt expect I'm going to like this book.

It moved beautifully through the lives of Camino and Yahaira. Camino doesnt have the best of everything. She lives a poor but still confortable house in Dominican Republic. But her father made sure to provide her basic necessities and a good education. Yahaira lives in New York and spend the summer
Dawna Ofstehage
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of two girls, Camino and Yahaira, who live in different countries and are unaware of each other, but bound together by the same Papi. This book is written in verse and with dual narrators. Camino lives in the Dominican Republic while Yahaira lives in New York and the story alternates between the two, who have much different lives. Camino goes to the airport to meet her Papi, he comes to visit every summer but lives the rest of the year in New York City, and she finds out that ...more
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ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. With over fourteen years of performance poetry experience, Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer's ...more

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