Clap When You Land
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.
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 ...more
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.
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.
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 ...more
CWs: plane crash, death of a parent, past death of a parent, grief, attempted rape, assault, sexual assault, threat of forced sex work
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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!!!
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 ...more
I received an e-ARC from Quill Tree Books, a HarperCollins imprint, via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
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 ...more