(2020) It's a novel in verse, written from two perspectives: one a New York girl, and a Dominican girl, who learn they have the same father when he dies in a plane crash. I listened to this on audiobook with Mrs swynn on a long drive, and it was a pretty good choice: I liked it a lot, and she did too on balance, though she found Acevedo's use of poetic repetitions artificial and excessive. Still, it's a win when we agree on a book even that much.
4.5⭐️I listened to this as an audiobook and am glad I did. The voices of the sisters came across so well with the dual narrators ( one of which is the author). Beautiful story about the aftermath of a plane crash on a family. Next time I fly I think I will clap when I land.
Just finished the audio and holy cow. The narration is done by the author and another reader, and the voices are just perfect. This story, told on verse, tells what happens when a plane crashes and a father is killed. In the aftermath, it is discovered that he had a family in NYC, and a family in the DR. One daughter in each land gives their pov. #bookspin #bookspinbingo
This is hard to describe without spoilers. It was extremely powerful and emotional. The audio version lets the rhythm of the verse flow flawlessly. Another great read. #Booked2022 #AboutSisters @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
I know too much of mud.
I know that when a street doesn‘t have sidewalks
& water rises to flood the tile floors of your home,
learning mud is learning the language of survival.
I know too much of mud.
How Tía will snap at you with a dishrag if you track it inside.
How you need to raise the bed during hurricane season.
How mud will dry & cling stubbornly to a shoe.
Or a wall…
As usual Elizabeth Acevedo has written something that matters. This novel in verse is inspired by the AA587 plant crash on Nov. 12 2001 which was the second deadliest plant crash in US history, but since it wasn‘t caused by terrorism and almost exclusively affected the NY Dominican community, was all too easily forgotten. It explores the idea of relative privilege when everyone around you is suffering to some significant degree.
I'm a fan of Acevedo's work, listening to her narrate her work along with Melania Luisa Marte, this was taken to another level.
Each one brought out the emotion in each chapter, and with each character owning a chapter at a time, even overlapping. And I do mean literally overlapping as Acevedo and Marte had stanzas in which they matched breathe and tone.
Acevedo is a must read author of mine. She has a way of reminding you very poignantly of life as a teenager. The narration was lovely but I‘m bummed to find out the book is written in verse. I would have much preferred to read it.
Next up for #booked2021 is my #latinxauthor book prompt. I‘m so glad I decided to go audio on this one as they narrator does a fantastic job- much better then my own brain voice could do! I‘m only a little way in but it‘s a bit like Shakespeare, after a while you forget it is in verse and get drawn into the story.
Book 33 | ⭐️3.75/5
Elizabeth Acevedo is an automatic pick for me; I‘ve listened to all of her books and always really enjoy them. CLAP WHEN YOU LAND is no different. A beautifully told story of two girls both struggling with grief and loss after a tragic plane accident looks into important questions on family. My lower rating is due to feeling like the middle was drug out just a little bit too much and got repetitive. Still definitely recommend!
I really liked that this was in verse and the two point of views of the girls. I liked seeing the differences of their day to day lives. This book did grief well. I did find at times it was hard to remember what point of view we were in.
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Just finished this, my #LMPBC selection for this round. And oh, I cried. This was so good. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!
I‘ll mail it out on either Monday or Tuesday. Do we all just mail to the person below us in the list of names in that email unless we‘re the bottom person, who mails to the top one?
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I‘ve never read a whole book in such minimalist prose before, but Acevedo does a great job with it! Her writing style is evocative, and easy to follow despite the restraint in wordcount. Additionally, the story is interesting and I couldn‘t help but root for both of the main characters as they navigated their grief and other challenges.
As only my second in-verse written book, this was very well put together. It‘s amazing how much can be shared with not as much described. How much feeling comes between the two girls. How different growing up was, being in the dark of the others secret life. Yet still sisters grieving.
Story is written for Flight AA587, crashed on its way to the Dominican Republic. So this story followed the fallout of that type of event
I‘ve seen others say that this might be their favorite Elizabeth Acevedo & I almost scoffed; how could I love one of her books more than The Poet X? But I get it. This is a doozy!
Written in honor of the passengers on American Airlines Flight 587, who died in the Nov. 2011 crash, & who were immediately forgotten by the media once it was determined that the cause was mechanical failure & not terrorism, this book is full of overwhelming grief.👇🏻
When Camino and Yahaira‘s father dies in a plane crash, they both realize how much he hid from them. Camino lives in the Dominican Republic, helping her Tía cure sick people. Yahaira lives in New York, but when their father dies everything changes for them both. They both discover the other exists, that they have a sister. This book is an emotional roller coaster it makes you want to cry, and be happy all at once.