(Book Review) ‘Clap When You Land’ by Elizabeth Acevedo

by Miki
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‘Clap When You Land’ by Elizabeth Acevedo is aimed at a YA audience and is written in a beautifully phrased colloquial verse style. With this unique rhythmical language and a dramatic storyline, the book is lent a very readable literary quality, and can very much be enjoyed by adult readers as well.

‘Clap When You Land’はドミニカ系アメリカ人作家のElizabeth Acevedoによるフィクション。ヤングアダルト向けですが、大人が読んでも惹き込まれます。全編が口語調の詩のように書かれていて、まるで音楽のようなスタイルです。

The story starts off with an airplane crash, inspired by a true incident just a few months after 9/11 happened. Most of the passengers were Dominican. It’s a story about two sisters losing their father, one in the US, one in the Dominican Republic. They find out about each other’s existence and the secret dual life of their father.


The strong, realistic characters really help the narrative move along smoothly. Readers will feel like they are talking with the protagonists Camino and Yahaira throughout the book, sharing their space. Their emotions were captured very vividly, you will find yourself sympathising with their pain together with them. Also, the comparison of the two sisters brought up in two very different worlds and conditions was very well portrayed. When I first heard about the synopsis, the story sounded like a little too clichéd, perhaps? But by the end, I felt the story was so well structured and I did not think it spoiled the plot at all. Rather, it subtly raised a lot of topics including sisterhood, culture, immigrants, financial status, and LGBTQ themes. All in all, such a powerful book to make you think those topics from their point of view.


Bonnier Books

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