Alex & Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz
Genre: Romance/Historical Fiction
# of Pages: 358
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Do I recommend this book?
Yes, but would honestly probably only recommend it to people who enjoy historical fiction and romance. If you want to read this book just because you love Hamilton the musical, you may be really disappointed by the end of this book, like I was.
Ratings (out of 10):
Plot development: 6
Ease of Reading: 9
Summary from Goodreads:
As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.
Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.
My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):
So I’m not gonna lie, I only picked up this book because I love Hamilton, the musical. I went into this book with super high expectations, expecting this really touching story about Eliza and how she dealt with being Hamilton’s wife. Instead, this book was only about Eliza and Hamilton’s story before they got married. The book didn’t mention anything regarding Philip and his death, or Maria Reynolds, or Burr, or any of that stuff that is core of the musical.
Basically, this book just wasn’t about what I wanted, so I didn’t really like it. I also didn’t like the way any of the characters were portrayed. I didn’t like Alex, Eliza, Peggy, or Angelica. None of them were portrayed the way I imagined them.
The only thing I did like was seeing some of the interactions between Alex and Eliza. There were very cute parts of their love story that I didn’t know.
Overall, I think the reason I didn’t like this book was because my expectations were too high.