Book: Clap When You Land
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
This is my 86th read for the year
This is the story of two sisters who knew nothing of each other. Yahaira who grew up in New York City with her mother and father. And Camino who grew up in the Dominican Republic with an aunt and a father who visits in the summers. Camino is at the airport to meet her father when she finds out that his plane has crashed. Yahaira is told the same truth about her father's death when she is pulled from her classroom and taken home. The girls start to recolect on who their Papi was and soon discover each other. Camino - more excited about the idea of having another relative than Yahaira is - reaches out to her on facebook to see if there is a chance they can get to know each other. Yahaira decides that when her father's wishes to be buried in the Domincan Republic are granted, she would fly to be with him there and meet this long lost sister.
This was an okay book. It has a large amount of 5 star reviews and I can see their reasons. For me, I listened to it, and I think that might have been the problem. The language of the book was okay, the story intriguing, but the way it was read was very choppy. It is written almost in a poetry form, and so when it is read outloud, to me it was hard to develop feelings for the characters. It is a personal thing more than about the book in general. My thoughts would be to get the print copy and try it that way. The relationship that forms between the sisters is the best part of this book, but overall - it was just....fine.
omen reading it