The first thing that stood out for me from page one how will-powered Alaine is and on one side that good because she isn’t scared to discover the truth but on the other side that can also get her in trouble. She spoke out for things that she sees as right. I love the little hints of Haiti’s culture in this book since; it’s always great to learn about different cultures than mine.
One quote that stayed in mind is this “We’ve lived in this post-traumatic world for years now. We shouldn’t wait until there’s another tragedy to uplift this country.” It painted this image in my mind of a country that is trying to get back on its feet after the earthquake that happened back in January of 2010 that brought the country to its knees.
We get a taste of the traditional food which will make your mouth water for sure. One of the main characters (Alaine’s mother) was diagnosed with Alzheimer. We see how everyone is trying to process and learn to cope with this new lifestyle, and we see the effects that it has on her and her family. This book has some magical elements that surprised me a bit because I don’t know how everything is going to fit in together, but it does fit well when you see the big picture.
Something else I really liked is the usage of different media like email, diary entries and reports. I also appreciate that this book is its own voices. One negative point is that some parts were a bit slow going, but on the whole, I give this new release a four out of five stars.