Clap When You Land

“What’s understood need not be said.”

I read this after my Page One Book Club chose it for our July 2020 book.

“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”

This was the first time I have read a book that was written in-verse and, I’m not going to lie, I was hesitant at first. Would it be too much like poetry? Would I end up losing interest? Would I be able to fully immerse myself into the story and have a sense of who the characters were? The answer is that I finished this book in one day. I read it in less than 8 hours as I could not put it down.

Elizabeth Acevedo is an incredibly talented author and poet. I was deeply moved by her in-verse writing and grew incredibly attached to both Yahaira and Camino. I also loved Acevedo’s way of saying so much but without using a lot of words. I felt such a connection to the storyline and felt like I was right there with Camino as she walked the streets of the Dominican Republic but that I was also right there with Yahaira as she grappled with the discovery of her father’s secret. I felt each character’s emotion in ways that I don’t normally feel while reading a book. I was utterly mesmerized by Acevedo.

If you’ve been hesitant to pick up CLAP WHEN YOU LAND, I encourage you to just give it a try. This book received five-stars from me and I can’t wait to read the other books that Elizabeth Acevedo has written.

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