Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (Review)

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Format: Audiobook

Source: BorrowBox

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Narrator: Elizabeth Acevedo, Melania-Luisa Marte

Length: 5 hours  33 minutes

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publication Date: 5th May 2020

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“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.”

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My Thoughts & Review

Acevedo does it again with another great book. I was planning to wait to read this physically but with the local libraries still being closed I decided to put a hold on the audiobook, and within a couple of weeks it was downloaded to my phone ready to listen to.

Once again like the previous book Poet X this one is written in verse, and honestly the audiobook was the best to list to this book. the story although very tragic, it was a beautifully written one. The pacing was a little slow for my liking in places but the story and characters made up for it. 

I really enjoyed the alternate point of views of the two  sisters, it make me feel more connected to both characters. 

I’m going to keep this review short not because I don’t want to tell you all the wonderful parts of the book bit because everyone needs to read this book for themselves and to discover it true meanings. But I will say I highly recommend the audiobook not just because it brings the book to life bit because parts of it is narrated by Acevedo herself as well as Melania-Luisa Marte who was also brilliant.

My Rating


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.

Happy Reading!!!

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  1. Great review, Mani! I’ve heard so many great things about this book and I’m so excited to read it. I finally read and finished With the Fire On High last night and I’m kicking myself for leaving it for so long because it was amazing (just like everyone said) πŸ˜‚ I hope to pick this one up real soon, too!

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    • Thanks Dini!! I definitely recommend the audiobook for this one but also wish I had read a physical copy alongside listening to it. Hope you enjoy it!! Happy Reading!!


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