Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019
by Harlequin Teen
Synopsis: Quick-witted high school journalist Alaine Beauparlant gets booted from her elite private school after an intricate prank goes cruelly awry. She warily accepts an invitation from her aunt to spend her suspension at the family’s estate in Haiti–where her estranged mom is recuperating from a political fiasco. In her homeland for the first time, Alaine is immediately put to work at her aunt’s start-up helping native children in need. Alaine meets locals, interacts with kids connected to donors, and is shown the ropes by Jason, a fellow intern whose charming ways are making work a bit more challenging. What she doesn’t expect to find are letters, articles, emails, and diary entries that she compiles into a final project that will not only save her academic standing in school, but also help her finally know the mother she’s never really understood.
My Review:This cover I adore! The day I received this ARC from the publisher for an honest review, I could not be happier. Dear Haiti, Love Alaine is a book about superstitions in the real world. It is the story of a Haitian American trying to understand her Haitian heritage. This is a coming of age story of friendship, teenage angst versus parental love, and the tragedy of time that waits for no one. I love that the book was written in different correspondence formats from emails to school papers and letters. It forced my brain to put the pieces together and read between the lines. This was definitely different compared to fiction I have read in the past. It made the story feel real. I felt like a stalker or investigative reporter getting the scoop in non-traditional ways. There are so many side stories that only leave you with a taste of their lives and desperately wanting more. It was a bit of a game of teasing and mini-cliffhangers, where the only constant was Alaine.