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"Does it hurt when you hide every last shred of your individuality and self-worth behind acres of silk and cups of powder and smiles that never, no matter how hard you try, reach your eyes."
Alex & Eliza was just a little blah for my tastes, I have no doubt if your a Hamilton fan then this book will be for you but for me the history side of it had no point of reference to me and as much as it pains me to say this Alex's devotion to Eliza came across as cringe instead of swoon.....
My fourteen year old daughter is obsessed with Hamilton, so I thought she would love this book. Sadly it really didn't float her boat, so I read it. I realise, before I start, that I am not the target market here, however I do read a considerable amount of teen/YA fiction and there is a lot of top quality work from fantastic authors in the YA section I rate highly. Sadly this is not one of those books. The historical bits seem bolted on a more modern framework in an awkward way that just didn't make this believable for me. There is a continuity error which stuck out like a sore thumb and I really got the impression that the book was written in haste, possible to cash in on the popularity of the musical.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 February 2019
I read this purely because of the link to the musical - which I love. It proved to be a fairly entertaining and light read. I found it dragged somewhat in places - it's not high literature, which to be fair I wasn't expecting it to be. It's ok but I was expecting it maybe to feel more authentic and add to my enjoyment of the Hamilton and Eliza story, which it didn't necessarily do. Feels a little bit like it's cashing in on the success of the musical .
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2017
This is an inaccurate but whimsical telling of the love story of Alex Hamilton and Eliza Schuylar. Clearly the author was inspired to write it after the hit musical has come out and has no doubt tried to cash in on the fandom that it has garnered, with this wholly embellished tale of true love to the back drop of the American civil war.
It is a period romance very loosely based on historical events, but is overshadowed by the actual truth of the "romance". If you can read it without knowing the truth as a standalone story, you might enjoy it, but I can't say as I did.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 February 2018
This is a light, fluffy retelling of a historical romance. It's easy enough to read and the characters are engaging, but it's wildly inaccurate and at times so unrealistic for the time period that it takes you out of the story.
If you don't care that this is far more fiction than reality, and you don't mind that the social issues and historical events of the time are glossed over in favour of schmoop, then it's an enjoyable read.
Alex & Eliza was Not really my taste, If you are a Hamilton fan then this book might offer more to you but for me with no prior knowledge of the history of the Hamilton’s I didn’t feel it met my expectations. It is well written just not my cup of tea.
I enjoyed this love story. You get a different perspective of Eliza & Alexander Hamilton’s courtship than from the musical. I found the book to be overly contrite at times. I believe that this story could of been told as a sort story.
I am a student of history, especially American history. Also I can't put down a good love story. I enjoyed many of the accurate details, but it is not historically correct in some major turning points of the story. As young adult love story, its a very intriguing read!