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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Coming soon! Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite\Maritza Moulite will be available Sep 03, 2019.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Inkyard Press
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Kay
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOL. Finally doing this. I absolutely love this book! Easily, easily one of the best books I have read this year and one of the best in terms of Caribbean representation in YA. I love Alaine, who is such a sarcastic, witty narrator, and I love Celeste and the Dad (I forgot the Dad's name but he coo too, LOL).

I love how seamlessly the sisters blend their writing styles. It feels cohesive, as though they were meant to write together their whole lives. Haiti felt like it's own character, from the
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Sarah ✨Proud Ravenclaw✨
If you're thinking I'm just adding this book to my TBR because of the gorgeous black girl on the cover, then you are correct.

(That synopsis is kind of hard to resist too)
Acqua
...I guess this is what happens when I try reading an eARC of a mixed media novel.

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine is a contemporary novel following a girl who is the daughter of divorced Haitian immigrants living in the US, and it's set both in the United States and in Haiti.

I am always looking for novels set outside the US, especially ones written by authors who have lived there or have ties with the country they're writing about, because American books, despite being read (translated and not) worldwid
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alyssa
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
4.5 rounded up

disclaimer: I normally don't write reviews so mine will probably be trash however this book is not so pick it up on September 3, 2019!!!!

tw: sexual assault

I won this ARC in a goodreads giveaway and it was such a wild ride!

First off, I loved the characters especially Alaine. Her voice was so fresh, funny, and a bit dramatic which made her so very endearing. She was complex and had you laughing one moment then truly feeling her pain dealing with her and her mother's relationship/i
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Abby
Jan 19, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Didn't even realize this was a thing/ was gonna be a thing and I absolutely need this in my life. 🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹
Luna
3.5 stars
I really wanted to like this book. What drew me in was the synopsis and when I started the book I was really interested however the weak character development, and convoluted plot stopped me from enjoying the book.
Starting off with what I liked, I really liked the familial relationships in this book. Often times in YA novels, parents and families aren’t really a big part of the story arc, but in this one family was first and foremost and I enjoyed seeing their relationships develop over
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Kat (Why Read)
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-list
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 lette
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Kelly Coon
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DEAR HAITI, LOVE ALAINE is one of those books that will stay with you for a long time. The authors created a witty, believable protagonist going through some rough stuff, but who manages it all with her smarts and sense of humor. The snapshots of Haiti presented me with a visual of this country's landscape and history I'd never seen before. Through texts, letters, tables, graphics, index cards, postcards, emails, recipes, tests, and school book reports (among other media!) I watched history and ...more
Alejandra
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Let’s start with the good stuff! The representation was really good with the Alzheimer’s story and everything Haitian. But it just dragged on. There were a lot of times where I was just reading assignments that were given to Alaine that I didn’t really care for and didn’t add to the story, and then there was times where we would be reading emails Alaine would send and receive. It was redundant.
When she was finally in Haiti I would have thought she would go explore and find information on her ow
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Manasa
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alaine's a Haitian-American teen trying to balance life as a child of divorced parents. When a school presentation goes horribly wrong, she's sent to Haiti and takes on an internship at her aunt's charitable app. While there, she gets deep into a centuries-old family curse and must decide what's worth fighting for. I loved Alaine's character - smart, hilarious, earnest, and brave - and how the text uses her narrative writings as well as emails, text conversations, flyers, etc, which offer a full ...more
Celia McMahon
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was unlike anything I have ever read.

This book is about a girl named Alaine (clearly) who lives in the US with her divorced Haitian immigrant parents. Her mother is a celebrated journalist who's sudden affliction causes a rift in Alaine's life. After a school project gone wrong, her father sends her off to Haiti where her mother and aunt live. Even though it's a punishment, she finds her two months long stay in Haiti something more than just content for her class project. She learns a
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Seema Rao
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. It had strong female characters, plenty of atmosphere details, and a good look at complicating people's assumptions about race, immigrancy, and education. I loved how the authors balanced many forms of writing (like texts and assignments). The voice was so strong that you immediately got into the character. And, I read a lot of YA...I hadn't seen one that used a school assignment to such great effect. Overall, this is an exceptional YA story for anyone who loves strong women. ...more
NYRicanHSMAMA
Thank you to NetGalley for providing this advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are mine.

I really wanted to love this book. It’s about a young girl in Miami descended from Haitian royalty. Her father is a psychiatrist and her mother is a leading journalist. Her parents are divorced and she lives with her father while her mom is making a name for herself.

The premise of the story is good. She has never been to Haiti, has a poor relationship with her m
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Jessica Howard
The digital ARC from Netgalley was super glitchy, which required a ton of scrolling back and forth. But I did it, because Alaine’s story was so funny and compelling.
Stephanie Brown
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won this from a Goodreads giveaway. It’s the story of Alaina, who’s parents were 1st generation immigrants from
Haiti. Alaina is smart, sarcastic and funny. She lives with her father Jules a psychiatrist. Her parents are divorced and her mother lives in D.C. and works on a fake cnn on a Sunday show called Politicos. Alaina wants to be a journalist like her mom but doesn’t have a great relationship with her. Her mom’s job is time consuming and her daughter often comes second. I loved the writing
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Erica Hinders
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-wins
I’ll write a more thought out review once I’ve had a day or so to process, but wow!! So good.

I received Dear Haiti, Love Alaine in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Shanna Miles
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is perfect for:
People who like books in diary form
People who like a touch of magical realism
People who love vacation/study abroad YA

Alaine is smart, and funny and a little bit quirky. As the daughter of Haitian immigrants she has a relationship with her homeland that makes her feel not-quite American and not-quite Haitian. When her absentee journalist mother has a meltdown on National television, her world is turned upside down. A school project goes awry at the same time that a school
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Anne
Alaine's parents are both from Haiti, but she has grown up in the US. They are now divorced and she lives with her dad, and watches her high-powered political journalist mom on TV. Alaine wants to follow in her mom's footsteps - until her mom "loses it" on air one day and slaps a senator that she is interviewing. When Alaine goes too far in a school presentation and almost gets expelled, she and her mom both find themselves on a break in Haiti with family there.
There's a lot more to this story
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The Kawaii Slartibartfast
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine from Harlequin TEEN (US Canada) through Netgalley.

I seriously love Alaine. I'd love to read more about her.

The story is told through school reports, news, articles and text messages and is a bit jarring at first but the storytelling makes up for it.

It's got family secrets and a curse and a witty protagonist that made me want to cheer.
Savanna Waddle
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a complimentary arc of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite in exchange for my honest review.*

This book was so, so sweet. It was funny and honest and such a cool concept. There was assignments, pictures, journals, letters. texts, and articles all throughout the book to tell parts of the story, which I loved and think is a fun way to get younger teens or new readers introduced to the book. However, in this ARC, mos
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Anna
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Martiza Moulite is a welcome addition to YA.

Told through a series of journal entries, emails, tweets, letters, and texts, this is a uniquely told story. Alaine Beauparlant is a first-generation Haitian-American. She attends a fancy private school with unique classes, and for a class assignment, she picks Haiti and must give the background of several key people in Haiti’s fi
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Sami
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entrancing coming of age story filled with magic and sparkling prose. I loved fiery Alaine immediately and her journey into her Haitian heritage and her mother's past is so compelling.
Emma
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[I was given a free digital copy through NetGalley]

Nothing says a strong, heroine voice like Alaine. She's young, she's exceptional, and she's willing to do the impossible for those she loves. Her story made me laugh as much as it hurt, covering topics from poverty to Alzheimer's to racism, and I couldn't think of a better protagonist to share that story than Alaine. She's a troublemaker and she's smart, just like the other strong women throughout the novel. On top of all the heavy topics that t
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Selene Supreme
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm getting a copy of this book for an honest review. So excited.
Kat (Why Read)
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 lette
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MsAprilVincent
I don’t think this book knows what it wants to be: Lesson Learned, Coming of Age, Dealing with Destiny, Curse Reversal, Fish out of Water ... the list could continue for several lines.
A good editor could focus the plot. There are a ton of pop culture references that may or may not be recognizable to readers (I’m an Old Lady, and I thought some of the inclusions were try-hard and unwarranted, but maybe YA readers would be more receptive?)
I’m not sure how to feel, because I like the idea of a boo
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Karli
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were so many things that were great about the story- Alaine, her sarcastic humor, the setting, the main plot line, etc. I even liked how the story was written through diary entries, emails, and blog posts. However, a lot of the story’s greatness was hindered by the eARC format. Many entries missing or out of order, and text changes which made this hard to follow. I’m guessing the edited version will be much better. I still recommend the book, but maybe just the hard copy.

#netgalley
Patrycja
May 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
This story is all over the place. I really wanted to like it. But it was just too much jumping in form, in message that an author wants to send to the reader. I tried to like it, but I just couldn't.
I didn't even finish this book to be honest. And this really seldom happens. I skimmed through the pages and just gave up.
Sorry. I liked the idea. I like that there was attempt to implement emails and messages, but at the end this all didn't work well.
The cover is gorgeous though.
Haley
May 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poc-ind
Unfortunately, I could not finish this--but not necessarily because the story wasn't good. The formatting of the eARC I received for review was so out of wack that it was impossible to read. I made it about 30% before I had to give up. Up until that point, the story was moving along--it was a little slow to start, but I was interested in what was going to happen now that Alaine was in Haiti with her mother. Maybe I'll pick it up at the library at some point and read it for real.
GG
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
I struggled at first to follow all the characters, but it got a little easier as the story developed.
The book was an interesting read, but didn’t really leave me with any great takeaway like I had hoped.
I wish there was a 3.5 star rating. But not quite a 4.
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