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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
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bookshelves: contemporary, young-adult, read-2020

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 to drown them.

I loved the writing, the raw emotion, the relationships and the characters who leapt off the page. Both girls lives are hard, but in different ways. Camino lives in the Dominican Republic and is poor, she dreams of going to uni but can barely afford highschool. She hardly ever sees her dad. She has a creepy stalker (known for selling girls). Yahaira lives in NYC and is struggling with traumas of her own, plus feeling her dad didn't love his family enough. She also has the sweetest girlfriend. And when she finds out about Camino, Yahaira will do anything to meet her.

The only part I struggled with was the excuses for the father. I get they grieved for him but this guy 🥴married two women? gaslit Yahaira? didn't properly provide for Camino? And in the end the families are like "he was a complex man..." 🤨 sir.
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Reading Progress

May 25, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read (Paperback Edition)
May 25, 2019 – Shelved (Paperback Edition)
June 11, 2020 – Started Reading
June 11, 2020 – Shelved
June 12, 2020 – Shelved as: contemporary
June 12, 2020 – Shelved as: young-adult
June 12, 2020 – Shelved as: read-2020
June 12, 2020 – Finished Reading

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