“Whenever the truth is hidden, it always finds a way to come back and bite you. No matter how pure the intentions were. Try to always keep that in mind.”– Maika and Maritza Moulite
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” (don’t ask), I’m spending the next two months doing what my school is calling a “spring volunteer immersion project.” It’s definitely no vacation. I’m 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 own…and to hide a rather devastating secret. All things considered, there are some pretty nice perks…like flirting with Tati’s distractingly cute intern, getting actual face time with my mom and experiencing Haiti for the first time. I’m even exploring my family’s history—which happens to be loaded with betrayals, superstitions and possibly even a family curse. You know, typical drama. But it’s nothing I can’t handle.
I absolutely adored this book! The plot was carried throughout and the locations that were visited In Haiti were described absolutely beautifully!- seriously I am ready to book a trip to Haiti right now!
I loved how the story was told not just through a narrative from Alaine’s perspective, but also through chat/ text, email, articles, letters, notes, etc. I feel that they really added to the story.
I also loved the mention and involvement of this curse that hung over the family. I guess that is something that is in the Haitian culture and I loved being able to get a glimpse of that culture and learn about it a bit more.
The narrator and main character of the story, Alaine, was funny, witty, sarcastic, strong, and absolutely relatable.
But not only was the book beautifully written with a great plot. It also showed the privilege that we have in 3rd world countries. That and that there are the ‘rich and famous’ in every country, it just looks a bit different.
There were some very unexpected twists and turns throughout the book, and placed perfectly throughout, that really added to the suspense and overall made the book very hard to put down.