“…When you touch down on this soil, you must clap when you land.”
“Clap When You Land” was my most anticipated book of 2020. Elizabeth Acevedo is one of my favorite authors so I could not add this book to my TBR list fast enough. This review will not give the book justice. I have no words. It was a beautiful story, with beautiful characters all told in Acevedo’s amazing prose. The subject matter is one that often goes untold, especially in YA books. Family secrets, grief, resentment. There were just so many elements that made this story whole; poverty, class, and colorism being among them. I enjoyed the alternating point of views as well as the secondary characters. This book touched my heart in ways that were both heartbreaking and uplifting, devastating but also hopeful.
I love the fact that in each book I have read by Elizabeth Acevedo I close the book and know that I have taken something away from its pages. This time was no different. In addition to this, I was not at all familiar with Flight AA587 ( the second deadliest plane crash in American history) prior to reading. Absolutely heartbreaking.