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Review| Clap when you land-how to write a novel-in-verse

WHY SHOULD YOU READ CLAP WHEN YOU LAND

Elizabeth Acevedo’s use of novel-in-verse beautifies fiction with a peculiar style. But she doesn’t stop there. She recounts real tales and humane flaws in a way that makes us love and cry.

Clap when you land is Acevedo’s third fiction piece, and its chasmic yet deliberate plot tells history from a bereaved teenage mouth. Secrets are not only ugly, sometimes they are destiny-alternating. And that is exactly what happens to Camino and Yahaira. The unveiling of what binds them is exactly the same thing that makes them ask the difficult question of whether they wanted to wield the secret or get emotionally mutated by it.

Clap When You Land is a young adult literature that explores themes of heredity, class and privilege, as well as the complex, conflicted emotions the girls feel toward their birthplaces

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As consistently seen in Acevedo’s work, her characters fight grief, and betrayal just to understand their place in the world after their pillar dies. The settings flow seamlessly between the Dominican Republic and the United States, not only in landscape but in word usage. Brings us closer to the intricacies and nuances of an anglicized national dialect.

YOU CAN ALSO READ THE REVIEW OF THE TELLER OF SECRETS HERE

But death and secrets aren’t all that clap when you land by Elizabeth Acevedo is about. Our main characters also have their life, Yahaira and her female friend. Camino and her friend who is a teenage mother. Yahaira and her obsession with being normal, Camino and unsafe men. At every point, where the characters alternate between who tells the story we nod to them when they say, we can only go ‘Onward. Always onward.’

A genre-defining piece of brilliance and love.

WHERE TO GET CLAP WHEN YOU LAND

AMAZON || BARNES AND NOBLE

ABOUT ELIZABETH ACEVEDO

Elizabeth Acevedo is a Dominican-American poet and author.[1] She is the author of the young adult novelsThe Poet XWith the Fire on High, and Clap When You LandThe Poet X is a New York Times Bestseller,[2]National Book Award Winner,[3] and Carnegie Medal winner.[4] She is also the winner of the 2019 Michael L. Printz Award, the 2018 Pura Belpre Award, and the Boston-Globe Hornbook Award Prize for Best Children’s Fiction of 2018. She lives in Washington, DC.[5][6]

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