Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo | Book Review

Hello, book lovers! 💕

The following is from Goodreads:

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.

Separated 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 altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Papi’s death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

In a dual narrative novel in verse that brims with both grief and love, award-winning and bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.


I’m going to try my best, but I’m physically struggling to find words to describe how much I loved this book. Any thoughts that I try to convey for this book doesn’t seem to compare to the actual greatness that is this book. I’m left stunned at its beauty that Elizabeth Acevedo created.

To start, I loved the way that it was written. It was written in verse like her debut novel, The Poet X, and it’s honestly one of my favorite formats for books to be written in. I read a lot of Ellen Hopkins’ books as a teenager, which were also written in this format, and it amazes me that the author is able to create such vivid stories in verse. There aren’t as many words as there would normally be in a book that’s written in prose, so the author has to somehow cram so much imagery and feeling into so little words. I’m convinced that it’s magic that helps them be able to do that.

The characters were so unique and great as well. The sisters had so much in common, yet they were so different. Each one had their own experiences that the other sister couldn’t begin to understand. There was amazing exploration of heritage and family and different life experiences that Elizabeth Acevedo packs into such as short amount of time – the story only takes place over the course of three months. But it feels like you’re with the characters for so much longer than that. By the end, it’s like you’re part of the family.

The story deals with so many issues, including sexual assault, grief, family, race and so much more. The story and these characters are ones that will stick with you even after you’re done reading it. It was heart wrenching and raw and emotional. I’m seriously struggling with ways to describe it because it’s that good. I think everyone needs to read it.

I wasn’t surprised that I loved it so much. I loved both of her other books as well. I’m pretty sure I’d read anything that Elizabeth Acevedo writes at this point. All of her books have been amazing. And if you haven’t read any of them, or are hesitant to read this one, I would highly recommend it.

So there you have it. It’s been a while since I’ve given a book five stars, but this one truly deserves it and all of the hype that’s surrounding it. Have you read this book? If so, what’d you think of it? I’d love to discuss it in the comments below!

Published by The Reading Addict

I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary. I also love to play video games and draw and watch movies and TV shows. And this is my safe space where I can gush about everything I love.

6 thoughts on “Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo | Book Review

  1. Whaaaat? A book in verse that’s done well? After reading books with verse that just don’t do anything with the medium, I’m intrigued! The subject matter looks interesting too!

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