Clap When You Land
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...more
If you want to focus on the 'in verse' of it while reading you can (and I'm sure the audiobook is great for that), but I found myself reading it like it was a regular novel, then starting to appreciate the poetry once I found myself getting a feel for the rhythm of the page. I'm 25% of the way in now, so I'll include a sample of the page I'm on in a comment: (less)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
listen, it definitely wasn't unenjoyable by any means. pretty words are acevedo's specialty, and this book is no different. her verse is a delight to experience, full stop. i also appreciated the basis for this story bringing attention to a little known tragedy that affected so many families. however, this book never reached the emo ...more
TW: death of a parent, plane crashes, stalking, sexual assault ...more
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 ...more
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 middle of reading her other book 'With The Fire On High' ...more
Me in person when a man is telling me that poetry is gross: Would you say a song without music is gross? Would you call lyricism gross? Would you call prose that uses metaphor and style and meter meaningfully gross??? Or do you just think you're too cool????
Me writing this review: Okay, poetry is good sometimes, actually.
(Also, yes, I had the conversation above last night. What about it?) (I really hope the person I had this conversation with is not rea ...more
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 ...more
The Written Review
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Camino Rios lives in the Dominican Republic. Every summer, her dad comes to visit and it's the highlight of the year.
Yahaira Rios lives in New York City. Every summer, her dad leaves her to "visit" family in the DR.
One horrible day, both Camino and Yahaira realize that their dad dies on a plane crash on his way to the DR. And then they learn of each other.
Stunned by the loss ...more
Elizabeth Acevedo has done it again!! (it: almost making me cry)
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 ...more
Aw - I really liked this!
Yahaia and Camino both love their Papi. He is their idol, their hero and when he dies in a plane crash flying from New York to the Dominican Republic they are heartbroken.
What neither of them realises though, when they think about their Papi - is that they are both thinking about the same man.
A man who spent 9 months of the year in New York and then hi ...more
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 ...more
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.
If you asked me what I was,
& you meant in terms of culture,
I'd say Dominican.
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 ...more
*Full disclosure: I used an audio credit supplied by Libro.FM as part of their affiliate program.
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 ...more
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 ...more
I can’t actually talk about this book without breaking down so I’m gonna leave it at that.
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 ...more
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 ...more
“I’m the child her father left her for in the summers.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.
While she is the child my father left me for my entire life.”
This is also a story of class and privilege. A story of advantages that your birth place holds. A story of the difference money ...more
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