Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – A Review

Hi! Happy publication day to Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. It’s time for another review.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Publication date: May 5th 2020
  • Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre/Hot Key Books
  • Genre: Contemporary

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. 

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Clap When You Land is my first Elizabeth Acevedo book and one of very few stories written in verse I’ve ever read. After reading it I know I need to redeem both.

It’s a beautiful and heart-breaking story about family, grief and how a tragedy can bring people together. It follows two sisters who don’t know about each other’s existence until a plane crash claims the life of their father.
Camino finds out at the airport, waiting to pick him up. She lives with her aunt in the Dominican Republic and he visits every summer around her birthday. It’s her favourite time of the year.
Yahaira is in school when she’s called into the office and told what happened. Her dad lives with her and her mother in America and leaves “for business” at the same time every year. And this year, when he leaves things between them aren’t the greatest.

I loved reading from both girls’ perspectives. Their lives differ completely, yet before they even know about each other’s existence, what unites them is grief. Both loved their father dearly, but as they find out about each other and discover his second life, they have to deal with disappointment and realise their father was not a saint.


I don’t read many contemporaries, it’s definitely not my preferred genre, but I do enjoy ones that focus on family dynamics. Clap When You Land has so much of it, from the two different father-daughter relationships we see, through how different Yahaira is with her mother compared to how Camino views her aunt who raised her, and so many more. It also explores identity and the hardships of being raised poor. It talks about dreams and opportunities, and how one event can change the course of your whole life.


The writing is absolutely beautiful and harrowing, and the narration style makes the story very unique. I don’t read poetry often, nor do I find myself an expert in analising or reviewing it, but I appreciated the tone the free flowing verse set on the entire book. It made the narrative more raw and honest, and that kind of emotion is what made this book excellent.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I feel like this is a must-read for any contemporary lovers out there.

Thank you for reading, as always. I’ll talk to you soon.

April Wrap Up

April has absolutely flown, hasn’t it? At least compared to March. I’ve taken advantage of the fact that I can’t go anywhere and see anyone and did a lot of online shopping… no, scratch that. What I was meant to say is that I did a lot of reading (and bought a crazy amount of stuff over the internet, too).

Let’s get into stats.

  • Number of books read: 14
  • Number of pages read: 5142
  • Average star rating: 4
  • DNFs: 1
  • TBR at the start of April: 61
  • Books added: 10
  • Books read: 8
  • Current TBR: 59 (yay for unhauling books!)

Final Girls by Riley Sager

I started the month with a fairly average but enjoyable thriller. The story follows a final girl (as the title suggests) – a sole survivor of a massacre, named by the media – Quincy Carpenter. The narrative alternates between current time and the past, giving us flashbacks from the night Quincy’s friends were murdered. I really enjoyed the latter parts, as what happened that night was a mystery that interested me more than the rest. Overall, although I hated all of the characters and found the ending disappointing, I still had fun reading the book.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

Incendiary was released 2 days ago but I got to read it early. I have a full review on here, if you want to know my thoughts.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Being back in The Lunar Chronicles’ world was an absolute delight. I missed those characters. Stars Above is a collection of short stories following our faves, and I loved all but one of them. It was a really fun and fast read, and if you enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles, but haven’t read this book, I’d highly recommend you do.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Northline by Willy Vlautn

This one has been one of the first books I added to my TBR on Goodreads when I first made an account and I finally got to read it this month. Full review here, as I don’t want to sound redundant.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Wrongful Death by Kenneth B. Andersen

I’ve had lots of fun reading this series so far, and I will review this book in 2 days, when it’s my turn, as once again I’m on the tour for it with the lovely The Write Reads. Spoiler alert: I enjoyed it!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Magic Study by Maria V Snyder

I’ve started the Study series years ago and never got around to reading anything past the first book. I finally decided to pick up Magic Study, as it’s been gathering dust on my shelves for forever, and it was a really fun and fast read. I needed to read a comprehensive synopsis of the first book, though, before diving into this one. I will say, altough since this was released, there are so many similar fantasy stories out there, I do think this one is worth a read.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

I was lucky enough to get approved for an eARC of Clap When You Land and I absolutely loved it. It’s a sad read, and I’ll be talking about it in depth on its release date on May 5th.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan

To be perfectly honest with you, I expected more from this book. It’s a collection of 13 retellings of classic fairytales and I wanted to love it, but it turned out quite… meh. What bothered me the most, I think, was the narration style, as most of these were told in the second person. The tone of this book is quite dark, and maybe I wasn’t in the mindset to read that, either.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke

My lowest rated book of the month. I got to read an early copy, and I was excited because Seven Endless Forests is marketed as a King Arthur retelling. Apart from 2 borrowed names and a magic sword, this was nothing like the legend, and the way the story was told didn’t work for me, either. It was slow and hard to get through, as it lacked plot. I will post a review for it at some point, I think.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

I started reading this book back in 2018 when it first came out and didn’t finish it until now. Why? God knows, because I loved it! I’ve raved about it here, so if you want to read my full thoughts you can head there, but to sum it up, it’s a great and atmospheric middle grade set in Ireland and it’s delightful.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

If you like complex fantasy, The Fifth Season is for you. I didn’t know much about it before I started it, just that it was a dystopian fantasy where the world was plagued with natural disasters. Honestly, after reading a short story by Jemisin and hearing all the rave about this series, I didn’t need convincing to pick it up. I can’t say much about it because the story is easy to spoil. I docked half a star for sex scenes, though, because there’s quite a few.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I listened to Sadie on audio because the way it’s done is an absolute masterpiece. It has a full cast and half of the story is told in a podcast form, which really works well in that format. The book deserves a separate reiew, so I’ll be posting one soon. I’m suprised how much I enjoyed it – some books get so overhyped, it’s crazy.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

I love Sanderson but his introductions to new series are always so slow! It’s just his style and I understand it completely, I just wish it picked up from time to time. The snail’s pace was worth it, because we got a lot of info about the world the last 60 pages were wild. What I’m trying to say is… I enjoyed it a lot, I just wish it had a side plot or two at the start to tie it all together move a tiny bit faster. I’m not gonna summarise the plot because I bet ye already know what it’s about.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

So, technically I still have around 30 pages left in the Goblet of Fire, BUT there is no doubt I’ll be finishing it the second I post this. I’ve decided to continue with my reread of the series this month. It’s crazy how many things I’ve forgotten. Needless to say – I loved it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

And that is it for today.

How many books have you read this month? Any new favourites? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading, and as always, I’ll see you soon!