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Book Review :: Alex & Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz

🚨 SPOILER AHEAD 🚨

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED :: April 11, 2017

PUBLISHER :: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

AUTHOR :: MELISSA DE LA CRUZ

BOOK GENRE :: FICTION/YA FICTION/HISTORY

HARDCOVER :: 368 pages

RATING :: 💏💏💏💏 /5

He had written her reams and reams of letters, as well as a poem that she kept folded in a locket around her neck. Her letters were full of love and anticipation, matching his for enthusiasm and tenderness. He was the luckiest man in the world.

REVIEW :: I truly enjoyed this read! It was clean, romantic, and sweet!

Melissa did a fantastic job balancing and blending different topics together- romance, politics, war, & family traditions

The story takes us back to the 1700s, American Revolution era, and dives into the romance between Elizabeth Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton.

While, according to the story, Eliza and Alex have a false start, their relationship eventually blossoms into one of love, respect, and admiration.

Eliza is strong-willed, far more concerned in fighting for freedom, and the well being of the soldiers, than to focus on maintaining a lavish lifestyle and wearing fancy party dresses.

Alex is handsome (rumored to be a flirt), intelligent, well spoken, and George Washington’s right hand man!

Although the story Melissa gives us feels too sanitized and leans more towards the Hamilton Musical trend rather than the true historical account of Eliza’s and Alex’s relationship, I enjoyed reading something that wasn’t smeared with vulgar/offensive behavior. I would even dare say that the book shined a lovely light on modesty and respect.

While I want to do a little more research on the role women played during the revolutionary war, as well as their manners/social behavior, I loved how  Melissa portrayed the ladies of the time as strong, independent, free-thinking individuals.

Please take the time to read this! You won’t regret it, especially if you have a love for history and the Hamilton musical. 💜

 

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