CLAP WHEN YOU LAND BY ELIZABETH ACEVEDO // BOOK REVIEW

How can you lose an entire person, only to gain a part of them back in someone entirely new?


Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Quill Tree Books

Elements: Loss, Grief, Family secrets, Grief, Sexual harassment, Classiam, Forgiveness, LGBT.

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 Thoughts

This is my second time reading ‘Acevedo’s’ book and am a fan. Written in verse, i was hooked from the beginning. Emotional but so full of passion and heart-warming based on true events.

On November 2001, an American Airlines scheduled to fly from JFK International Airport to Las Americas Airport in Santa Domingo crashed into Belle Harbor/on the Rockaway Peninsula of Queens and took 260 people’s lives. Mostly whom were Dominican and it’s descent.
I read this book while listening to the audiobook. Because, as an audiobook lover, the feeling of the narration via audio is just “EVERYTHING”. So i’d gladly reccomend the audiobook too.

I loved and appreciated the imagination of being teleported to the Dominica Republic: the scenery (beaches) and cultures. The overall diversity in all aspects of the story.

The character development and story itself was well written. A beautiful sisterhood story

Seeing the way Camino and Yhaira were dealing with their griefs and finding each other was raw emotion.

Although it started off slow and the dual narration had me lost sometimes but it was interesting when it got to part of both girls learning about themselves and worth the wait.

Can you be from a place
you have never been?

Can you claim a home that does not know you,
much less claim you as its own?