Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo: A Review

Hello folks! I apologize for posting after a long time! I am so busy with my post-grad studies that I hardly find time to read. However, worry not, for I am here with a review today. I finally finished Clap When You Land and so its time for a review of this beautiful piece of fiction!


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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. 

My Review:

I have loved Elizabeth Acevedo’s writing ever since I read her brilliant book The Poet X. And Clap When You Land was no different.

It is about two girls who share the same father. Their father lives two separate lives. He stays with his family in New York with his wife and daughter Yahaira, and spends the summers with his other family in the Dominican Republic, where his daughter Camino stays with her aunt, as her mother died while she was little. Once, while going to Dominican Republic, their father’s plane crashes and he dies. Here, our story begins, and the book explores the grief that both families go through and the two girls’ realization about each other’s existence.

I loved reading this book so much. Acevedo writes so beautifully and you can feel the emotions that her characters are going through. I sympathised with both Camino and Yahaira. They live in different circumstances but face similar hardships and you can actually relate to what they are going through. Their grief, feeling of loss, anger at their father, they are all expressed so eloquently. The girls are unique but share so many similarities. There are parts in the story that will upset you but it is ultimately hopeful. I wont give away much of the story line but suffice it to say that the book is worth the time. There is no nitpicking that I can do about this book because I personally found no fault in this story.

I would recommend everyone to read this book. It is another brilliant book by Elizabeth Acevedo!


5 Stars!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Have you read Clap When you Land? Or have you read any of Elizabeth Acevedo’s other books? How did you feel about it? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Although I’ve heard a lot about the book, this is the first time I actually read the synopsis and.. wow. it’s been pushed up in priority now. thanks for the review!

    1. Yay! I am so glad! Hope you like the book!
      Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

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