Book Review: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo's books have been in my TBR for a while that I'm glad I was able to read at least one of her books this year. I forgot for a moment that she writes in verse as I listened to the audiobook of Clap When You Land, and now, its beautiful narration makes sense. I appreciated even more having Acevedo reading parts of the book herself.

Keep reading to find out my thoughts about Clap When You Land.

Book Review of Elizabeth Acevedo’s Clap When You Land by Lourdes Montes | Two Arts in a World - Literature Blog  | September, 2020


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 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.


Clap When You Land is set in two countries, the United States and Dominican Republic. Narrated by two girls who share the grief of their father's death, while at the same time finding in each other pieces of their father.

The contrast between each Camino and Yahaira's life is very present, switching between points of view, we learn of their lives and how they deal with grief as they go about their every day lives. They're united by their shared blood and learn about each other only after her father's passing, which makes them struggle about coming to terms with the part of their father that was kept secret from them for so long. I initially didn't know how to feel about their father hiding them from each other, I think it's a little struggle the reader is also meant to experience. I grew fond of Camino and Yahaira as they made their way to each other.

It was a quick, pleasant read. The poetic narration of the book made it the best companion, and as the story unfolded, I found comfort in the story because it is filled with hope. I also need to mention that I loved Acevedo's use of Spanish language, the undeniable presence of Dominican culture, and her honoring the beauty of her character's black roots.

If you're looking for a comfort a quick, wholesome read, this book is for you.

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Here is all the info for Clap When You Land:

Book Aesthetic: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Reading Challenge No.: 26/70

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo - Website | Instagram | Goodreads

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Format: Audiobook

Length: 5h 32m

POV: #FirstPersonPOV

Genre: #BIPOC #ContemporaryFiction #Latinx #LGBTQ #Poetry

Series or Standalone? #Standalone

First Sentence:

"I know too much of mud."

Thanks of being patient about my lack of content lately. I've been too busy reading and adjusting to my new job, but I hope I can manage to get caught up with my reviews by the end of the year. For more content, check out my Facebook page, Two Arts in a World.

Love, Lourdes.

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