Clap When You Land

by Elizabeth Acevedo

Harper Teen, 2020

YA Contemporary

9 cups of tea out of 11

Summary: A novel told in verse from the perspectives of two daughters, one living in New York City and the other in the Dominican Republic. Their father dies in a plane crash and they have to deal with the grief and also what they are going to do when they find out about each other.

Likes: Yahaira and Camino’s perspectives were both interesting to me. I was rooting for them both. Yahaira and her girlfriend, Dre, are adorable. All the senses were regularly accounted for. The poetry was never bogged down and it gave me a sense of place.

Dislikes: Not a huge fan of the dad’s choices (but I still found him interesting and the book focuses on the daughters rather than him).

Overall this exceeded expectations. I cried, I laughed. I loved that in the end it is about family. As amazing as The Poet X and With the Fire on High are, this is even better. I highly recommend all three and look forward to the next one.

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