Alex & Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz
A Book Review by Vanassa Lafleur, West Orange Public Library Teen Book Reviewer
Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz is a historical fiction novel that follows the lives of founding father Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler on their journey to love during the Revolutionary War. Elizabeth, also known as Eliza, is the middle sister of the Schuyler family, one of the most prestigious at the time. She is a modest woman who is passionate about fair rights for all and winning the war, unlike her sisters, Angelica (who is sharp-tongued and witty) and Peggy (a belle whose beauty can’t be beat). Alexander is a colonel and an aide-de-camp to General George Washington who grew up on the island of St. Croix with a tough childhood. When they first meet at a ball thrown by Mrs. Schuyler, they could never have imagined what was to come in the future. Of course it would come with its fair share of trials and tribulations along the way. Together, they would eventually become one of the most influential couples in American history.
This book is perfect for lovers of historical fiction, romance, and the Broadway show, Hamilton: An American Musical,much like myself. The author herself was inspired to write the book after seeing it in New York City. The novel is full of tiny references and nods to the play through both chapter titles and dialogue. In addition, there is a little bit of everything. Some action takes place as well as moments of suspense. The way that their unique but beautiful love story is told will make your heart swoon and keep you glued to the book. I personally finished this book really quickly as I found myself continuously wanting to know what would happen next. You can find out more by picking up the book in the library today! I highly recommend it. - Vanassa Lafleur