(Book Review / 感想) Clap When You Land / Elizabeth Acevedo

I just came across a book that I think will be one of my favourite books this year!

‘Clap When You Land’ by Elizabeth Acevedo is aimed at a YA audience but was such a gripping book, even for adults, I just couldn’t put it down. It’s written in a colloquial verse style and beautifully phrased.

‘Clap When You Land’はドミニカ系アメリカ人作家のElizabeth Acevedoによるフィクション。ヤングアダルト向けですが、大人が読んでも惹き込まれます。全編が口語調の詩のように書かれていて、まるで音楽のようなスタイルです。

The story starts off with an airplane crash, inspired by a true incident just a few months after 9/11 happened. Most of the passengers were Dominican.

9/11の直後に起きた実際の飛行機墜落事故をモデルに書かれたフィクション。乗客はほぼ全員がドミニカ共和国の方だったそう。

It’s a story about two sisters losing their father, one in the US, one in the Dominican Republic. They find out about each other’s existence and the secret dual life of their father.

父親を亡くした2人の女の子が主人公、ひとりはニューヨーク、ひとりはドミニカ共和国に住んでいて、お互いのことは知りません。事故をきっかけに互いを知り、父親が2つの家庭を持ち、二重生活をしていたことを知ります。

For me, the best thing about this book was the strong and realistic characters. I felt like I was talking with the protagonists Camino and Yahaira throughout the book, and felt their emotions very vividly, sympathising with their pain together with them! Also, the comparison of the two sisters brought up in two very different worlds and conditions was well portrayed.

まるで2人の主人公CaminoとYahairaと本当に会話をしているような気持ちで読める作品、リアルなキャラクターの心理描写が心に残りました。そして、2人がニューヨークとドミニカ共和国という違う世界で育ったことを強く感じさせる、比較の仕方がさりげないのに的確で、胸に刺さります。

Sisterhood, culture, immigrants, financial status, LGBTQ… Lots of themes are well mixed in this powerful book.

姉妹の絆、文化、移民、経済格差、LGBTQ…様々な奥深いテーマが混ざり合う、とっても力強い1冊でした。

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