Book Review: Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

Posted January 17, 2018 by Maryam in book review, Maryam / 1 Comment

Book Review: Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la CruzAlex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
Published by Penguin on April 11th 2017
Genres: young adult, historical
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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four-stars

1777. Albany, New York.

As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival those of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.

Still, Eliza can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

For some reason, I’m starting to get into the historical fiction funk here. I mean, I’ve been reading more and more of historical fiction, despite saying oh, I’m not a historical fiction kind of galYE SURE KEEP TELLING YO SELF THAT, MARYAM. But yes, I am starting to like reading about people in the past. Very interesting hmmmmmmmmmmm.

A smol confession: I actually picked up this book from the library because it’s about Alexander Hamilton and for some reason, when you tweet that name, book twitter tends to start screaming in excitement. And I know Hamilton is a very recently famous play, which unfortunately is not available in Singapore at least not that I know of and hence, I have no idea who Hamilton is or what is it he does that makes people love him so. Truly, I was curious. So when I saw this book at the local library, I picked it up and did not give it another thought.

Alex and Eliza is not just a romance book. It gives thought to the war that was happening during the American Revolution, which I unfortunately do not have much knowledge about because I failed History in school. Eliza was one of a kind. And I really meant that. She’s not just different from the rest, no that’s not it. Yes, she’s more interested in warfare instead of materialistic stuffs, but I love how the author does not blatantly put this out there as a means to degrade other girls. Eliza is not different from other girls, she just has different likes and dislikes, much like everyone else. Because when it came down to it, she pretty much cares about what she wears and all, like every other girl. I mean, do you get what I’m saying? I know I don’t make sense sometimes so do let me know yea?

The story plot in Alex and Eliza fascinated me somehow, because I was not expecting it to go the way it did. I truly thought it would be a fluffy kind of romance book, but it’s actually more than that. Melissa’s writing is so detailed and beautiful in a way that it makes you care about the world Alex and Eliza were living in, it makes you wanna protect everyone in it, yknow? Like, I legit wanna know more about their lives, I wanna be in their lives.

Also, I should prolly add in a PSA. If you watched Hamilton and have not yet read this book, please remember that it’s a retelling and not the actual story. Because most of the friends who do not like this book said it was mainly because they could not get past the inaccuracies in the book, so yeah. THIS IS A RETELLING. But yes, please read this book, it’s truly lovely. REALLY TRULY LOVELY.

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