Saturday, November 6, 2021

Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz


DNF @ p.157

I snagged this book from a Little Free Library without knowing that it was about Alexander and Eliza Hamilton. r/whoosh. Also, am I the only millennial who hasn't seen the play, Hamilton? Because it kind of feels like I am. Maybe it's because I haven't exactly been super happy with the state of the country lately, but I haven't really been in the mood for patriot fanfiction, you know? I have a headache, dear.


Anyway, I read this book and I really liked the beginning where it almost feels like a Jane Austen style comedy of manners for the kid set. Then it got boring. I read another one hundred pages because I liked the sort of "puffed up confection" style of writing, which was present in this author's other book, THE RING AND THE CROWN (which I loved-- but was sadly cancelled), but the way Eliza's patriotism and Alexander's good little soldier acts were really hammered in was kind of off-putting. It felt like propaganda.

But then, Hamilton itself kind of feels like propaganda (at least in concept and from what I've seen in clips), so, you know, if that's what you like, and it's not making you into a jerk, why not? Maybe if I'd seen Hamilton I'd appreciate this more. But when I was reading the reviews for this book, I remember thinking how weird it was that a book by a popular author had (1) so few reviews and (2) reviews that were incredibly mixed at best, and now I'm kind of seeing why. It's not badly written but it's written for a person looking for a specific kind of book, and I'm not feeling its vibe.

2 out of 5 stars

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