chick-lit · Young adult

Clap When You Land – Elizabeth Acevedo ★★★★

Blurb; 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.

My Review; What a beautiful coming together story after a loss of a loved one. Two different girls. Two different stories. Two narrators. Written in verse it makes it an easy read for me and I love books written in verse. The whole layout of it. A lovely ending and outcome for them both aswell which was a little unexpected.

I enjoyed this one and it will stay with me for how unique it is. The characters. The settings. The relationships within the story. All make it a brilliant read. One I finished quick. One I would recommend. I passed this straight onto a friend and got the authors other two books as well which I look forward to reading.

Supports BLM and the gay community in one. The cover is beautiful and eye catching I don’t see what’s to dislike. A well deserved four stars from me.

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