Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Review by Ms Farley, Librarian

Library age rating: KS3+ (Year 8/9+)

Genre: young adult, realistic fiction, contemporary, novel-in-verse

Content warning: grief, death, sexual assault

Plot summary

A story about grief and sisterhood with a dual narrative, written as a novel-in-verse. Two sisters cope with the death of their father which brings them together in a way that neither thought possible. The novel is set in the USA and the Dominican Republic.

Positives

Acevedo's storytelling is impeccable and creates a deep emotional response. The characters and their experiences take you on a journey that teaches you about grief and loss but also hope and new beginnings. I love how sisterhood and female friendship is presented in this book.

Negatives

I really enjoyed this book but might have liked it more if it was written in prose.

 Reading recommendations

If you like Elizabeth Acevedo's writing then try her other books: The Poet X and With the Fire on High. Or try The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, or You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson if you want a book with themes of contemporary experience, identity, and LGBTQ+ narratives.