Book Review + Free Twitter Headers: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Good morning! I hope everyone is doing well! I’m coming to you a day after my anniversary, so this is coming out a little later in the morning than usual. I didn’t prepare it yesterday, because I was spending time with my boyfriend. Things are opening back up, so we were able to actually go out to eat (we were still safe!!), which was incredible. Anyway, without further ado, here is today’s book review!

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Title: Clap When You Land
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: May 5, 2020

At a glance: A novel-in-verse that is full of grief and love about two girls finding family and sisterhood in the wake of a plane crash that changed their lives.

😭 Emotional

💔 Grief and Love

👁️ Multiple POV

🌳 Family Focused

Read this if… you want an emotional book based on a true event. If you want a book based on Crash of American Airlines Flight 587. If you want a book written in verse, a verse novel, an entire book of narrative poetry.

Diversity Representation: Own voices Dominican Republic culture, setting and MC and author

Content Warnings: Death of a loved one, infidelity, thoughts of suicide, grief, airplane crash, human trafficking, attempted rape, sexual assault, aggressively following a young girl to make her a prostitute

Buddy Read Alert: This was another buddy read that I did with Sarah at Girl On Books, check out her review for it here. I’m so glad she mentioned how incredible the audiobook was, because I grabbed it almost instantly. I love that I was able to read this one with her, we both finished it so quickly. It’s short, but it’s also so hard to put down!

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Lyrical, stunning, emotional, grief-filled, hopeful, and tragic

I went into this book with no idea that it was a novel-in-verse. I normally try to shy away from reading much about a book before going in, because I love not knowing. This was such a delightful surprise. I listened to the audiobook, which was absolutely incredible, and it was like attending a five hour spoken word event. It was absolutely stunning. I was so captivated by the prose and the performance I was completely entranced. Normally I listen to audiobooks while I do other things, but I just wanted to sit and listen. It was so lovely.

Quick Summary: Clap When You Land follows two girls, one in Dominican Republic and one in New York. Both of their lives instantly change when a routine flight comes crashing down into the sea. They both are thrown into a journey of moving on from grief and finding sisterhood through family secrets.

The most beautiful thing about this book, expectedly, is that it is written in verse. I can’t imagine what the text looks like, but the audio was exceptional. Even more exceptional was the fact that Elizabeth Acevedo actually was one of the fantastic narrators of the audiobook! Which was even more of a treat. The entire thing feels like a performance you could watch on stage. I absolutely recommend listening to the audiobook if you want to read this one.

In writing this in verse, the book was able to maintain such beautiful prose that it really helped capture the grief, loss, emotion, pain and redemption that comes through. Poetry has this beautiful way of latching onto our emotions in a unique way, and writing a book about moving through the overwhelming feeling of grief is nothing short of beautiful.

The relationships in this story are beautiful. I love the relationship that forms between the two girls. I love the family that is created within these pages. Each character learns to heal themselves through the support and love that they have for each other. It’s so wonderful to see loss as the beginning of something beautiful. To see loss not as a door shut, but a door opened to something new. It’s really refreshing, tragic, and real.

Summing it all up

Clap When You Land is a beautiful story of two girls who find friendship and sisterhood after both losing one of the most important people in their lives. This novel in verse will make you feel grief, loss, hope, sisterhood and love. Absolutely stunning.

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So for whatever reason yesterday I was just compelled to start making twitter headers? I updated mine (check it out 😎) and I wanted to keep it pretty clean, and on brand, etc. But I got a little jealous of this style of header at the same time.

So I started making bookish twitter headers. So for Clap While You Land, I did some bookish twitter headers for you! Feel free to save them and use them yourself if you want!! Since I won’t be using them they’re kind of just going to waste. So let me know if it doesn’t fit, or if you want a different color, and I can just send them to you.

I guess if you use them just, like, tweet a link to my blog or something? I don’t know. Whatever works. I just love all my bookish friends here!!

About the author

ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Poet X, which won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Carnegie medal, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the Walter Award. She is also the author of With the Fire on High—which was named a best book of the year by the New York Public Library, NPR, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal—and Clap When You Land, which was a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor book and a Kirkus finalist.

She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo has been a fellow of Cave Canem, Cantomundo, and a participant in the Callaloo Writer’s Workshops. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion, and resides in Washington, DC with her love.


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