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Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine | Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite
This exceptional debut novel captures a sparkling new voice and irrepressible heroine in a celebration of storytelling sure to thrill fans of Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi and Jenna Evans Welch! When a school presentation goes very wrong, Alaine Beauparlant finds herself suspended, shipped off to Haiti and writing the report of a lifetime You might ask the obvious question: What do I, a seventeen-year-old Haitian American from Miami with way too little life experience, have to say about anything? Actually, a lot. Thanks to the incident (dont ask), Im spending the next two months doing what my school is calling a spring volunteer immersion project. Its definitely no vacation. Im toiling away under the ever-watchful eyes of Tati Estelle at her new nonprofit. And my lean-in queen of a mother is even here to make sure I do things right. Or she might just be lying low to dodge the media sharks after a much more public incident of her ownand to hide a rather devastating secret. All things considered, there are some pretty nice perkslike flirting with Tatis distractingly cute intern, getting actual face time with my mom and experiencing Haiti for the first time. Im even exploring my familys historywhich happens to be loaded with betrayals, superstitions and possibly even a family curse. You know, typical drama. But its nothing I cant handle.
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CogsOfEncouragement
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A book I had never heard of until I was challenged to read it for the Trope-Ical Readathon on twitter. Learned a bit about Haiti which was nice. I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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rockpools
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A low pick for me & I agree with many of the other reviews. Alaine is a fantastic, funny, believable character. Suspended from school, she spends a month in #Haiti interning at her aunt‘s charity, getting to know her extended family & spending time with her Mum, who‘s taking a break from life in the public eye. I would happily have read more of Alaine- but the plot was more than necessary! I enjoyed learning more about Haiti & its history as well.

rockpools This was my attempt at #BBRC #TeenAngst #LatinoMainCharacterInANonissueBook . I‘m not entirely sure I met the brief! Latino MC? I *think* so geographically, possibly not by all definitions. I got confused. And I think you could argue it as a non-issue book (it‘s a fun read) and the issues it covered weren‘t expected or the norm. (Spoilers below). But they were issues! @LibrarianRyan @Sarahreadstoomuch Also bk 2 for #JoysOfJune readathon @Andrew65 14mo
rockpools A parent with early-onset alzheimers and issues around charities 14mo
Andrew65 Progressing well 👏👏👏 14mo
LibrarianRyan Works for me. They are not issues that exist because she is Latino. So all good. (edited) 14mo
rockpools @LibrarianRyan 👍 Brilliant - thank you 😊 14mo
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rockpools
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine | Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite

‘The sand was as glittery white as crushed up vampire bones...‘

*this is definitely not a fantasy/paranormal book - some of the lines are really making me laugh!

rockpools @Trashcanman Hi George! 🌼 1y
rockpools @14.639769 🦦 Hey. Sending thoughts and best wishes just because. 14mo
Trashcanman @rockpools Thank you, I hope you are having a good weekend. 14mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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Mehso-so

An enjoyable read but a bit too much going on. A few too many strands of plot made this a bit muddier than necessary. Alaine was a lively and believable 17-year-old main character. Good audiobook, with the always wonderful narrator Bahni Turpin and the lovely accents. Nice to read a story set in Haiti and learn a bit about the country.
#ReadHarder

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PhoenixRISING2x
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine | Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite

Takes 100 pages to get to the big plot-defining moment in the novel, then another 70 pages to really get good. The book would have been better with less teen angst and getting to what drives the narrative sooner.

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fredamans
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Can we just focus on the cover for a second?! So pretty!
I loved learning about the places Alaine visited or researched in Haiti. I had not once thought of ever visiting, but now I want to.
Solid story, and authors I would like to read again. 3.5⭐

JamieArc Currently listening to this, and it‘s getting really good. I have been to Haiti, and this book brings me right back! 2y
fredamans @JamieArc The culture in this book is definitely vibrant! I so pine for a vacay, and Haiti seems like a great destination! 2y
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fredamans
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Page 56:

A hundred sets of eyes kept their focus on me while my own lasered in on Nina. My classmate's laughter echoed throughout the auditorium, drowning out the locomotion noises. Just as I opened my mouth to reply, Mr. Voltaire stepped in.

Join in at Freda's Voice: http://www.fredasvoice.com
#Friday56 #Instagram56

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Sharanya
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Mehso-so

Alaine was an incredible protagonist — mouthy, adventurous, vulnerable, & gutsy ✨. Her relationship with her family was wonderfully dynamic & full, especially her relationship with the women in her family, which was heartwarming. I wish I liked the plot as much as the characters — I feel like I lost my grip on it halfway through. And the romance was utterly unnecessary — & I say this as someone who usually adores romance side plots. ★★★☆☆.

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Sharanya
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#currentlyreading | this sounds like a whole lot of adorable with just a dash of witchiness & I‘m here for it 🙌🏽✨

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TaraTLK
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Bahni Turpin is such a great audio narrator. Nice story of a girl of Haitian descent getting a chanve to better know the island her parents are from.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A teen goes to her family home in Haiti to learn a little about herself and the world.

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pocketmermaid
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I‘m really loving this book! Alaine is hilarious!

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canbku
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This was fun to read. I liked the main character for her sarcasm and humor. Learning a bit about haiti as she learned was also great. I probably could have used more! Fun story and interesting setting

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Anita
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Liking this so far!

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rockpools
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lele1432 Yayyy!!! 3y
eraderneely 😍that cover! 3y
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Jasxnicole
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Might just finish #40 tonight 🤞🏾

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lele1432
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Going to try to catch up on a couple of prompts since I'm up at an ungodly hour. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Experiencing a bit of a book hangover after doing some #NightReading. This was my favorite quote from the book! A truth we unfortunately all have to learn. 😞 #NamasteNovember

Eggs As I approach my 7th decade, I‘d have to agree 3y
lele1432 @Eggs 💞💞 3y
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lele1432
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Absolutely♥️this! A tale of human nature where nothing is quite what it seems. Alaine is a hilarious, snarky MC who must come to terms w/ complicated family dynamics & a life that will never be the same. Steeped in rich Haitian culture & history, family curses, a charity start-up, & commentary on sometimes problematic foreign aid, this was a most enjoyable reading experience. The Great Bahni Turpin narrated & I highly recommend the audio! 4.5⭐️s!

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lele1432
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I love this idea because I think it will help me stay on a better reading schedule @Cinfhen! Here is my #WeeklyForecast. Starting the tagged book today. Still working through The Lost Queen, hope to start American Spy by mid-week, and gotta finish Dracula for #Scarathlon #TeamStoker #BuddyRead.

Cinfhen Nice!! 3 audios 🎧 I‘m starting Dracula later this week and I‘m thinking of listening to the audio too!!! I‘m a HUGE mood reader but I think a #WeeklyForecast is an easier commitment then a monthly TBR. Of course I already bailed on two audios and it‘s only Monday afternoon but I‘ll save that for my #bookreport 😜 3y
lele1432 @Cinfhen audios help me read so much more because I can do it at work! This is a much easier commitment for me, and should help me manage library holds better lol. They tend to come in all at once and many times I don't get to them all. I need to start suspending them! 3y
BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 3y
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ReadingSusan
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I LOVED this book. Alaine is an amazing character. I really enjoyed her personality, her passion, and her determination. The descriptions and the settings were just so amazing and i could see them so clearly in my head. Throw in some mysticism and curses? Yes, please. This was such an excellent read. I also loved finding out from the authors‘ note that it was written by two sisters.

AlaMich Fun fact: Alaine is my actual name. 😊 3y
ReadingSusan @AlaMich love it! It‘s a beautiful name. 3y
AlaMich @ReadingSusan Thank you! 3y
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Quirkybookworm
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Next book

CoffeeCatsBooks Love that cover! 💕 3y
Rissreads Amazing cover ❤ 3y
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GirlWellRead
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine | Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite
Mehso-so

I loved the premise of this book as well as the epistolary style of narrative. The Moulite sisters use letters, emails, diary entries, postcards, and articles to tell Alaine's story. There were parts that came across as particularly unorganized and subsequently they lose the plot in places. There are also too many tertiary characters and secondary characters that disappear (Alaine's father, her friend) and an unnecessary sort-of romance.

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ReadingSusan
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Oh my goodness I am so happy to be off today. I hope this day lasts forever. I love my job but just so excited to sit and read all day.

MallenNC Yes! So much the same. 3y
Nute Oh yeah! I‘m feeling you! 3y
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throwmeabook
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Book Buzz Fall/Winter 2019 releases Part l 📚 Just because my TBR is long enough to keep me reading for a lifetime doesn‘t mean I can‘t keep looking! #goodgirlslie #theremaking #synapse #harveycomeshome #dearhaitilovealaine #thelasttraintolondon #thebear #scarslikewings #thelasttruepoetsofthesea #imaginaryfriend

LibrarianRyan amen! 3y
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TheNextBook
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Start reading this yesterday and so far I love it! I‘‘ already half way through. Love the main character Alaine, she is hilarious. Love that this book dives so much into the history of Haiti as well. The pacing is great. And I‘m loving all of the different ways she is telling this story. Really enjoying it so far!

Nute I know that I will like this for the fact that it brings the history of Haiti into the story line. I haven‘t come across it in the bookstore, but I‘ll be keeping an eye out. Thanks for sharing! Stacking!! 3y
TheNextBook @Nute I‘m reading an ARC of it now. It will be released Sept 3! I hope you love it. 3y
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Preciouz29
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Love it! I would absolutely gift my nieces this book!

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ReadingRambo
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Whew! Not your standard YA lit. There's a cool plucky girl at the center and then a lot of family problems, a curse, and some blood magic 😱

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howjessicareads
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Alaina is a snarky teenager coming to terms with her mom‘s early onset Alzheimer‘s, dealing with being privileged in Miami/Haiti, & what that means; and her complicated feelings about voodoo and her family‘s history.

It felt a little clunky sometimes, but I think that was mostly bc of the formatting. It was honestly the worst digital arc I‘d ever seen. Whole sentences on the wrong page, and lots of fragments floating around. #howjessreadsin2019

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rachelsbrittain
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Some exciting new books to read on Netgalley 😍

rachelsbrittain And now this one! It's a good day for Netgalley requests 3y
BookNAround Red, White and Royal Blue is a lot of fun. 3y
rachelsbrittain @BookNAround I'm loving it so far! 3y
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