Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Alaine Beauparlant is a witty and honest Haitian American teen whose life is about to change more than she could ever imagine. The daughter of successful Haitian immigrants, Alaine is outspoken and confident. She seldom sees her mother, Celeste, a successful TV journalist who lives in D.C., and lives in Miami with her father, Jules, is a Psychologist and do-it-all dad. When Celeste snaps on national TV and disappears to her homeland for seclusion, Alaine becomes the butt of jokes and is targeted by the resident "mean girls" at school. When Alaine decides use a school project to prove a point, she suddenly risks expulsion on top of everything else. Rather than face expulsion, Alaine is granted a chance to prove herself by spending the rest of her Senior year in Haiti volunteering at a tech startup company founded by her aunt, the Haitian Minister of Toursism, that aims to partner patrons with Haitian children in need.
From this point forward, readers are taken on a cultural journey into the streets, homes, and rich history of Haiti, as well as into a family that is struggling to keep it together.
Told in the epistolary style, through diary entries, emails, text messages, letters and more, the Moulite sisters spin a story that is humorous, heartbreaking, and that transcends time.
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