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  • A girl discovers her family history in Haiti

    Being the sassy, quick-witted senior at a private Catholic school in Miami that Alaine is, she decides to blow off her creative writing/history project with minimal effort. She also takes the opportunity to get back at her high-school nemesis with a show-stopping prank at her final presentation. When things go disastrously wrong and Alaine also gets some devastating news about her family, she is sent to Haiti, where her family is from but she has never been, to try to salvage her academic career and get to know her family history. What could be just the whiney tale of the privileged daughter who is starved for attention from her psychologist dad and especially her superstar political news anchor mom turns into an engaging search for the truth about her family's past, going all the way back to the independence of Haiti as a nation The story is told in letters, journal entries, emails, and other snippets as Alaine records her thoughts about the trip, her assignment, and her family. It makes for an engaging format to keep up with Alaine's humor and wit, as well as her fears, hopes, and ambitions. As the story unfolds, we get to see many aspects of life in Haiti, both the upper-class and tourist version, and the struggle of the everyday people. There's also a little romance and a little danger that Alaine has to deal with, so there's something for everyone in this intriguing tale.

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