Do you remember that book that made you cry your heart out but when you thought of it afterward you realized how light and easy writing was? Almost as if it weren’t talking about tragedy, guilt and darkness that is within each of us? Like it was a story about warm summer and sand and love and long lazy days? But it was so heavy and your soul was heavy from it and you loved it to bits and pieces?
Yes, that would be how E. Lockhart writes. That is exactly how I felt after I read We Were Liars. All five times I had read it. Lockhart’s new novel Again Again makes you feel a similar way although it is a different story.
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I don’t know if that is only me or other readers experience this too, but it feels like older I get it is harder to find books I will so easily proclaim as “perfect”, “amazing”, “favorite”. So when I say all of those things for the latest Elizabeth Acevedo novel, you can definitely be sure that I mean it with my whole heart.
Clap When You Land is a novel in verse and a great example of “own voices” in young adult literature. Written by Acevedo, daughter of Dominican immigrants in the USA, Clap When You Land tells a story about complex cultural identity and family ties. It starts with an airplane crash and a way how its consequences determine the lives of two seemingly unconnected teenage girls, Camino from the Dominican Republic and Yahaira from New York.
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