Review by Darla
This YA novel was recommended for my book club. I’m so delighted that I took that advice; otherwise, I would have missed out on a captivating read! Told in verse, Clap When You Land is the story of two girls, very close in age; one in the Dominican Republic and one in Brooklyn. They both lose their father on Flight 587, out of New York, heading to the Dominican Republic. You begin the story hearing from each girl as individuals; as they find out about their father, as they grieve, as they begin their new fatherless lives, as they slowly learn the family secret, and as they discover each other. You grow to care about each girl as you get to know them and understand their separate but increasingly intertwined lives. I listened to the audiobook (available on Hoopla), one of the girls is voiced by the author, adding a most enjoyable dimension to the reading experience. I recommend this to anyone wishing to experience a different culture, a different point of view, and/or a heartwarming story.
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