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Clap When You Land

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Staff Review: "Clap When You Land" by Elizabeth Acevedo


This novel, written in verse, follows Camino Rios in the Dominican Republic and Yahaira Rios in New York City. Both are unaware that the other exists, but as Yahaira's father leaves on his usual summer flight to the Dominican Republic, Camino will soon find out her father's plane will never land. Yahaira and Camino's worlds collide when they soon find out that their father, involved in a horrific plane crash, is one and the same. 

At times heartbreaking and haunting, but ultimately uplifting, this novel dives into the experiences of two young women who struggle each in their own way with the circumstances they've been given. I found this to be a beautiful reflection of their journeys through grief and forgiveness, where they are forced to deal with tragedy and secrets and experiences no young adult should ever experience. I also greatly appreciated the author's desire to bring to light the very real and devastating flight AA587 crash that inspired this book. The New York City to Dominican Republic flight claimed over two hundred lives, a majority of whom were from the Dominican Republic, and was the second deadliest plane crash in the history of the United States. 

Beautifully written and beautifully narrated, I really enjoyed listening to this novel in audio book format, and look forward to reading other novels by this author. 

Audience: teens | Genre: fiction

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