Twelve Days of…Latinx Book Recommentations: Day 1

I am so excited to bring you this “Christmassy” series. I had the idea one night when I couldn’t sleep and then I couldn’t get it out of my head. Every day for twelve days leading up to Christmas, I will be gifting you all with a recommendation of a book by a Latinx author, along with twelve reasons why you should pick it up. Hoping to have lots of fun with with series which I am not so subtly calling Twelve Days of…Latinx Book Recommendations. Simultaneously, I will also be posting a Christmas-inspired book photo of these recommendations on my Instagram, which you can check out here. Covers are linked to Goodreads. Feel free to sing this first part to yourself aloud.

♬On the first day of Christmas, my favorite Latinx blogger (Too presumptuous? We’re going to go with it.) gave to me, a recommendation for…♬

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite 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.”

Reasons You Need to Pick This One Up:

1. Afro-Latinx representation
2. Connecting to one’s heritage
3. Takes place in Haiti
4. Smart protagonist
5. Too smart for her own good
6. Magical realism/spiritualism
7. Family drama
8. Unconventional format
9. Dealing with loved one’s illness
10. Shifting child-parent relationships
11. Cute (but backseat) romance
12. Uncovering family secrets

Have you read this one? Are you planning to read this one? Do you enjoy novels about characters reconnecting to their roots?

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