Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

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"I couldn't put Dear Haiti, Love Alaine down!" --New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory

Co-written by sisters Maika and Maritza Moulite, this exceptional debut novel captures a sparkling new voice and irrepressible heroine in a story sure to thrill fans of Nicola Yoon and Ibi Zoboi!

Alaine Beauparlant has heard about Haiti all her life...

But the stories were always passed down from her dad--and her mom, when she wasn't too busy with her high-profile newscaster gig. But when Alaine's life goes a bit sideways, it's time to finally visit Haiti herself.

What she learns about Haiti's proud history as the world's first black republic (with its even prouder people) is one thing, but what she learns about her own family is another. Suddenly, the secrets Alaine's mom has been keeping, including a family curse that has spanned generations, can no longer be avoided.

It's a lot to handle, without even mentioning that Alaine is also working for her aunt's nonprofit, which sends underprivileged kids to school and boasts one annoyingly charming intern.

But if anyone can do it's Alaine.

"Delightful." --Essence magazine

"Stunning." --Booklist (starred review)

Also by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite:
One of the Good Ones
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Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 147 x 216 x 36mm | 454g
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 1335777091
  • 9781335777096
  • 621,911

Review quote

"I couldn't put Dear Haiti, Love Alaine down! I adored how smart and ambitious Alaine is, and I related to her, hurt for her, and rejoiced with her throughout this book."--Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Date

"Maika and Maritza Moulite's Dear Haiti, Love Alaine is an enchanting and engrossing novel full of wit and laughter along with a tantalizing generational mystery. Alaine Beauparlant is that rare character who feels like your complicated but indispensable friend, one you wish you could stay in touch with and hear more fascinating and absorbing stories from long after finishing the book."--Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory

"The Moulite Sisters have given us a refreshing and balanced view of Haiti through the eyes of Alaine, a remarkable, funny, and whip-smart young Haitian-American coming to terms with both herself and her heritage. Dear Haiti, Love Alaine is, at its heart, also an American story--necessary, hopeful, and enlightening."--Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street, National Book Award Finalist

"Sisters Maika and Maritza Moulite deliver a phenomenal coming-of-age story with this stunning novel...The authors deliver a smart and witty protagonist in Alaine... the setting takes on a life of its own, plunging readers into Haiti's rich cultural traditions, breathtaking landscape, and vibrant people alongside Alaine, who will quickly become a beloved character amongst teens."--Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

"The Moulite sisters' well-conceived debut is an alternately funny and bittersweet story of loss, regret, love, and sacrifice... Seamlessly blending story lines and allusions to Haiti's history and culture, the authors create an indelible, believable character in Alaine-naive, dynamic, and brutally honest-who stretches and grows as her remarkable, affectingly rendered family relationships do."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"Alaine's adventures in Haiti were so intense and engaging, I could almost feel the dirt beneath my fingernails, could almost smell the peanuts and plantains. But I think my favorite part was ultimately the female empowerment that permeated every part of this tale, past and present. It left me with a sort of Practical Magic feeling, and that is never a bad thing. Maika and Maritza Moulite have created quite the masterpiece here. I look forward to seeing what they do next!"--Alethea Kontis, NPR

"The sisters Moulite have realistically created in Alaine an energetic, smart first-generation teen in a quest to understand herself via family...a strong offering."--School Library Journal

"Sisters Maika and Maritza Moulite's debut is nothing short of extraordinarily loving. The novel portrays Haiti, too often reduced to grim images of poverty and human suffering in modern fiction, as a challenging and beautiful nation of proud and shining souls."--Ben Philippe, author of The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

"The Moulite sisters' stunning debut made me fall in love with Haiti and its people. Heroine Alaine's charming, warm and insightful voice delivered the story I needed as a kid. It was pure black girl magic!"--Dana L. Davis, author of The Voice in My Head

"You'll fall in love with Alaine's humor and heart in this moving story of forgiveness, family and finding yourself."--Kelly deVos, author of Fat Girl on a Plane

"Alaine's sarcastic quips...are worth the price of admission alone." --HYPEBAE

"A beautiful story from start to finish." --Buzzfeed
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Rating details

3,269 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 21% (679)
4 41% (1,356)
3 30% (991)
2 6% (208)
1 1% (35)
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