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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.

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Paperback, 417 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Hot Key Books
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Alyssa Reynolds You don’t have a “bad” version. Most non-English phrases are implicit from the context but the ones I wasn’t able to understand, I just looked up.
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chai ♡
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It is hard to describe the space that yawned open in the life of Camino Rios and Yahaira Rios after their father died in a flight crash. It is harder still to describe the truths he left behind, cutting swift and deep, like a knife: Camino and Yahaira are sisters who, for sixteen years, hadn’t known of each other’s existence. Their world too had tipped, and fallen, and the secrets their father held aloft over their heads are seized by gravity. Now it w
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Emily May
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2020, poetry, arc
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 thos
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Zoë
Elizabeth Acevedo books are such a joy to read, and this was no exception! Though it dealt largely with grief following a tragedy, the audiobook felt like such a comfort. I loved the two narrators (both the characters and the actual audiobook narrators) and how their stories were mirror images but also very personal. Highly recommend!
Cindy Pham
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Acevedo writes poetically and passionately like always, and her audiobooks are always great. The book explores themes of grief, family, and cultural differences that would be great for her young adult audience to read.

Personally, I would have enjoyed a deeper exploration of grief and the way both girls grapple with the complexities of their family stories. There’s a lot to tap into there, but their voices were quite similar to the point where it became difficult sometimes to remember who was spe
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Every time I read an Elizabeth Acevedo book, I think that it can't possibly top her previous work, but every time I am so, so wrong. This is my favorite of Acevedo's works yet. I very rarely cry while listening to audiobooks, but this one had me sobbing while washing dishing and I just loved it so fucking much. I recommend this book to absolutely EVERYONE.

TW: death of a parent, plane crashes, stalking, sexual assault
Warda
4.5 🌟

Elizabeth Acevedo and her words are something else. Something special that is needed and I’m so grateful that it’s out there. In book form no less as well.
This story was so moving and heartfelt, addled with grief, loss and having your world altered due to death and family secrets. All of this came together in verse.

I can’t praise Acevedo enough for the way she puts words together. I love that there’s something about it that makes you pause and reflect. I love the Spanish language that is
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Whitney Atkinson
i love elizabeth's writing, so so much. this book knocked it out of the park once again. from the format to the characters to the setting, this book is lifelike and resounding. great exploration of heritage and family and different life experiences, and the first book i've read set in the dominican republic. if you liked the poet x, i highly recommend this.
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is so poignant, lyrical, heartfelt, well-conceived, true to life, sublime, extremely emotional novel about two sisters’ bounding story who never knew each other till an unexpected accident shatters their lives and takes their father away from them.

Elizabeth Acevedo’s poetry combines with the heartwarming story based on true events: on November 2001, American Airlines Flight 587 flight was regularly scheduled to fly from JFK International Airport to Las Americas Airport in Santa Domingo but
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myo 🍒 (myonna reads)
Elizabeth Acevedo has done it again! I actually do think that she is one of my favorite authors because when she writes in verse, her work just touches me differently. The way she writes is just so beautiful and she has these one liners that just leave you thinking. This story of two sisters was absolutely amazing and i already want to reread so that i can annotate it
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
excuse me while i cry over this beautiful book. Elizabeth Acevedo astounds once again. if you aren't reading her books then you robbing yourself of true heart and beauty. highly recommend the audiobook to hear the poetry aloud.
leynes
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: black-writers
Okay, so here goes, I had very high expectations for Clap When You Land because The Poet X is one of my favorite books from last year. Since then I have looked up many videos by Acevedo, some of which are her performing her poetry, others simple interviews or book club discussions, and I have really fallen in love with her personality and the way she breathes power into her poetry. Elizabeth Acevedo truly is something special when it comes to writing and performing poetry. There are only a few p ...more
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
***so worth the tears and getting my heart broken***

Acevedo is at the top of her game.
This one will be hard to beat in the years to come or even decades to come.

I do not usually like books written in verse. But when it comes to this author, I like it more when it's in verse. She's so good at this!

Everything makes sense about this book. The cover, the title, the story, the characters, the ending.

I have loved the book written in verse 'The Poet X" years ago when it came out and I was in the middl
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Gabby
4.5 stars
Elizabeth Acevedo has done it again. This is a gorgeously written story told in verse, and I listened to the audiobook again which I think is the best way to consume her books. This story follows two sisters who are unaware that the other exists. They discover each other when their Father dies in a plane crash, one of them lives in New York and the other in the Dominican Republic. They both grieve as they realize their Father lived two lives. Like all of Elizabeth Acevedo's books this s
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may ➹
Jul 15, 2020 marked it as need-to-finish  ·  review of another edition
update: I am also ditching... look away

everyone in my buddy read group ditched me...... is this what it feels like to have your heart ripped out of its chest

(it’s fine I’m just not weak like them)

// buddy read with a bunch of my favorites who I’ll tag later! traitors
Heather
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
This book was amazing.
I love how it was written in verse. I'm usually not into books written in verse but this one was just so stunning.
The story of two teens living two different lives realize they have more than they think in common.
This book tackles so many things, race, grief, sexual assault, family, and more. It will be a book that sticks with you and the characters as well.
elena
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, 2020
Dreams are like the pieces of fluff that get caught in your hair; they stand out for a moment, but eventually you wash them away, or long fingers reach in & pluck them out & you appear as what everyone expects.


When flight AA587 crashes to the ground, Camino and Yahairo Rios want nothing but to believe it was not the flight their father was in. Although for 16 years the two were not aware of each other, their father traveled back to the Dominican Republic every summer from living with
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Mari


If you asked me what I was,

& you meant in terms of culture,
I'd say Dominican.

No hesitation,
no question about it.

Can you be from a place
you've never been?

You can find the island stamped all over me.
but what would the island find if I was there?

Can you claim a home that does not know you,
much less claim you as its own?


Why you may not like this book: It's told in verse. Novels told in verse are by design told with economy. You'll find lots of reviews talking about that as if it is a lack rather
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Larry H
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Acevedo's new book, Clap When You Land , is a novel-in-verse about family, grief, anger, and letting go.⁣

Camino is a teenage girl living in the Dominican Republic with her aunt, who works as a healer. Her father, who lives in New York, comes to visit every summer, and Camino lives for those visits. Yet on the day his plane is to arrive and she waits for him at the airport, she learns that his plane has crashed.⁣

Another teenage girl, Yahaira, lives in New York. Her father goes home t
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Ashley Nuckles
Duuuuuuude—how does Elizabeth Acevedo DO IT?!
If you were questioning whether to pick this book up, just do it. No questions asked. No ifs, ands, or buts.
DO IT.
Chelsea Humphrey
This was an absolute joy and a privilege to listen to. Highly recommended!

*Full disclosure: I used an audio credit supplied by Libro.FM as part of their affiliate program.
emma
update: this buddy read was canceled when 3 out of 4 of us didn't want to read poetry. kind of iconic of us wouldn't you say

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please don't ask when i realized this book is written in poetry (but it was after i started)

buddy read with my three favs
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Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
There comes a time when one stumbles upon a story that echoes all the pain, their anger, and the grief that has been swirling in one’s heart for years. One may think they are alone in these feelings until they find a book that mirrors all those emotions back to you. That is what Clap When You Land was like for me.

I’ve always been a fan of Elizabeth Acevedo’s works. She’s one of my favorite authors of all time. Each story she shares with the world has echoed feelings I’ve had but never truly exp
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Mariah
I’m gonna need Elizabeth Acevedo to crawl out of my soul because this is too much. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this woman is incapable of writing anything but 5 star masterpieces.

I can’t actually talk about this book without breaking down so I’m gonna leave it at that.

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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 Aceved
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✨    jamieson   ✨
Beautifully written, emotionally rich and dripping with emotion, CLAP WHEN YOU LAND is a unique and evocative contemporary YA novel that deals deftly with themes of grief, loss, change, and the difficulties of family. Written in verse, Acevedo's novel explores the flaws that make a person and finding solace and peace within the boundaries of tragedy. I loved the space and depth Acevedo gave the two main characters to explore their emotions, and the complex exploration of how a person with many f ...more
Nataliya
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nataliya by: Emily May
Shelves: 2020-reads
“I’m the child her father left her for in the summers.
While she is the child my father left me for my entire life.”
This is the book about families, and secrets, and love, and grief, and loss. It is a story of betrayal, and anger, and disappointment. This is a story of a world broken apart by a tragedy. It is a story about losing your heroes and finding your heroes.

This is also a story of class and privilege. A story of advantages that your birth place holds. A story of the difference money
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Kevin (Irish Reader)
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
TW: Stalking, Sexual assault, loss of a parent

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Elizabeth Acevedo is becoming an auto buy author for me. This book deals with two girls coming to terms with the loss of their dad and how they both grieve. I connected to both of the characters and found their voices to be very distinct, which is great since this in written in dual POV. The writing was beautiful and lyrical.

My only reason I couldn’t give it 5 stars was for me personally I found the pacing to be a lit
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Christy
4 stars
“Never, ever, let them see you sweat. Fight until you can’t breathe, & if you have to forfeit, you forfeit smiling, make them think you let them win.”

I was so excited when I saw Elizabeth Acevedo had a new book releasing. Her books never disappoint, and though this isn’t my favorite of hers (I don’t know how ‘With the Fire on High’ will be beaten for me) I still enjoyed it a lot. I loved the family dynamic and of course it was beautifully written in verse.

Camino and Yahaira
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C.G. Drews
This is a complex story about grief and loss, but also betrayal. It has the iconic Acevedo beautifully lyrical writing (this one is in verse) and is told by both sisters: Camino and Yahaira. They just don't know each other exists because their dad had two secret families and the girls didn't know until he died in a tragic plane accident. It's a hard read because it's so full of grief, but also anger. Like how could he do this to them? But they also both love him so deeply, their grief threatens ...more
Charlotte May
Jun 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
Am I only just now adding all three of this authors books to my TBR because I have been living under a rock?

Yes. Yes I am.
Peyton Reads
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book just made me ugly cry omg
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ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is a New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X, With the Fire on High, and Clap When You Land. 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 w ...more

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