Mini Reviews

Title: Clap When You Land

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Publisher: Quill Tree Books

Release Date: May 5th 2020

Number of Pages: 432

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Poetry


Goodreads Synopsis

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance – and Papi’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Papi’s death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

In a dual narrative novel in verse that brims with both grief and love, award-winning and bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

This was my first Elizabeth Acevedo novel and I completely fell in love with it and have every intention of picking up everything I can by her in the future.

This book follows the story of Camino and Yahaira to sisters who are trying to survive in the world after the tragic death of there father but only do they have to cope with their own grief but have to come to terms with the fact that their dad had been living a double life as before his death neither of them knew the other existed. 

Elizabeth Acevedo does such an amazing job of bringing this story alive and of showing us the raw emotion in both a heart-breaking and heart-warming way. She also does a great job at showing the different struggles that these girls go through based on where they were born.

Trigger warning: Death of a loved one, sexual assault, grief 

Overall, this book was everything and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.



Title: 10 Things I Hate About Pinky

Author: Sandhya Menon

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Release Date: July 21st 2020

Number of Pages: 368

Genre: YA, Contemporary


Goodreads Synopsis

Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. From raccoon hospitals to persecuted rock stars, no cause is too esoteric for her to champion. But a teeny-tiny part of her also really enjoys making her conservative, buttoned-up corporate lawyer parents cringe.

Samir Jha might have a few . . . quirks remaining from the time he had to take care of his sick mother, like the endless lists he makes in his planner and the way he schedules every minute of every day, but those are good things. They make life predictable and steady.

Pinky loves lazy summers at her parents’ Cape Cod lake house, but after listening to them harangue her about the poor decisions (aka boyfriends) she’s made, she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy, Samir—who is a total Harvard-bound Mama’s boy—to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer. As they bicker their way through lighthouses and butterfly habitats, sparks fly, and they both realize this will be a summer they’ll never forget.

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

I adore Sandhya Menon novels and this one was no exception.

In this book we are back in the Dimple Met Rishi universe this time following the stories of Pinky and Samir who the summer before their senior year agree to fake a relationship however as time goes on they start falling for each other but are their personalities just too different for them to make it work?

Pinky may be my favourite female character from Sandhya’s novels so far. She’s feisty, hot-headed and will fight tooth and nail for what she believes in which often leads to her butting heads with her mum. Then we have Samir who is pretty much the opposite to Pinky in every way. He is steady, reliable and has his life planned to a T. I loved watching these two characters come together and the tension between them.

There is also a lot of talk around family and the expectations of those around you and the effects that these can have on you.

Trigger Warnings for: racism, parental illnesses, mental health.

Overall, I really enjoyed this and gave it 4 out of 5 stars.


Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts on them?

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