Reading ➼ Clap When You Land Author Elizabeth Acevedo –

Clap When You Land A queenoffers her hand to be kissed, can form it into a fistwhile 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 those directly affected The rest of the world goes on as normal, not seeing the pain inflicted on the community in question.In November 2001, flight AA587 crashed to the ground on its way to Santo Domingo, killing 265 people on a flight where 90% of the passengers were Dominican or of Dominican descent Noting that it was not another terrorist attack, the media largely ignored it, but it was a terrible blow to the New York Dominican community.Clap When You Land is the story of two girls Camino and Yahaira one in the Dominican Republic and one in New York City They have never met, never spoken, never known about each other s existence, but when their father is killed in a plane crash on his way to visit Camino, they find each other in the midst of their grief.Both girls have their own struggles, but Camino is especially threatened without her father to protect her Now the local pimp, a man called El Cero, is hanging around, following her All she wants is to escape, study premed, have a chance at something better Then along comes Yahaira and turns her life upside down, changes everything she thought she knew about her father So he created a theater of his life got lost in all the different roles he had to play. This is another part of the book and I thought it was done really well Part of the girls discovery of each other is also the discovery that maybe their father wasn t quite the man they thought he was That he was complex, had many flaws That even though he was a good father, he might not have been a good husband In this, the book is something of a bildungsroman Both girls are matured by the intensity of the loss and the discoveries made after.It is a beautiful story that finds a lot of warmth and hope in the darkness of loss My only complaint is that Camino and Yahaira s voices were a little too similar I found it especially hard to distinguish the two in the beginning and had to look for other markers to remember whose chapters we were on But it s a small complaint Highly recommended for those who enjoyed The Poet X and other novels in verse.Facebook Instagram I just preordered this I never preorder books Elizabeth Acevedo is just that good Duh. I don t need to read the blurb to know that I will be reading this book No diggety, no doubt. 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. This was absolutely phenomenal My heart is broken in the best way RTC diversity most characters are Dominican both MCs and almost all side characters , Yahaira is a lesbian, Yahaira s girlfriend is Black, Camino s best friend is Haitian. Elizabeth Acevedo has, once again, proved she is a true master of words Everything about this book from the plot and the character to the writing and the structure was crafted beautifully Each time I read a book by Elizabeth, I get excited about her work This was such a wonderful story shining light on a topic I ve rarely seen discussed in YA and does so in a sensitive and stunning manner I want to write a three page review on this but honestly I don t have the words I was simply blown away.TW sexual harassment, sexual assault CW talk about cancer, plane crash, parental death, grief, sexual harrassment, stalking, physical assault, sexual assault, labor and delivery, burial.Elizabeth Acevedo did it again, folks She has written a book that has wrecked me and left me staring into space unable to find the words to articulate my feelings Damn This was breathtaking.RTC I m also a book blogger VeeBookish ARC provided by NetGalley, my opinions are unbiased This heartbreaking story of two girls, separated by countries and united by blood and tragedy completely captivated me I just knew when I read the blurb that this was going to be a great read, the idea of two sisters that did not know of the other until their father passes away on a flight from one to the other was such a unique concept.Camino and Yahaira have such unique voices that I barely ever had to check who was speaking, which was a real treat I can have fully realised characters sometimes, as a treat I was so fascinated with Camino and her culture and language, as I ve never heard stories from the Dominican Republic She often speaks Spanish, which I do not, but I kept up easily and it made her voice authentic.I had a couple of small issues with the book Much like Turtle Under Ice it did feel at times that the author thought we needed to reminded often that their father had died, so the story didn t really pick up until Camino Yahaira met I also wasn t completely sold on it being told in verse, as it often felt like it was just a full sentence, chopped up to look like verse.The best parts were the stories within the story, Camino s friend s baby, Yahaira s girlfried who grows plants on the fire escape, two sisters realising all the parts of their father that belonged to the other, the rich poor divide between the two It really is an incredible story. 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 LivesCamino 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 CrashSeparated By Distance And Papi S Secrets The Two Girls Are Forced To Face A New Reality In Which Their Father Is Dead And Their Lives Are Forever AlteredAnd Then, When It Seems Like They Ve Lost Everything Of Their Father, They Learn Of Each Other A plan crash kills hundreds and affects even 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 would have impacted me all the I adored the feminist vibes, the strong female cast, and Acevedo s writing and know this is a story I will return to, in the future.I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Thank you to the author, Elizabeth Acevedo, and the publisher, Hot Key Books, of this opportunity.

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