Review: Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz || It doesn’t live up to the hype

Alex and Eliza

Melissa de la Cruz

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Their romance shaped a nation. The rest was history.

1777. Albany, New York.

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.

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Published: April 11th 2017



Trigger Warning




Sexual Assault

“Mark my words, Alex. You are a man whose future lies before him for all to marvel at one day. And you, Colonel Hamilton, are mine, and I am yours always.” 

We all remember that time in 2016 where Hamilton was the IT thing. Everyone was talking about it, car speakers were blasting it, Guns and Ships was the song that had to be recited by memory… it was a huge craze.

Now, I started on the train a bit late, but I wasn’t too late not to be caught up in all things Hamilton. So, when this book was being announced to be published, I amongst many fans, were more than excited. It’s too bad it didn’t live up to the hype for me.

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“He had written her reams and reams of letters, as well as a poem that she kept folded in a locket around her neck. Her letters were full of love and anticipation, matching his for enthusiasm and tenderness. He was the luckiest man in the world.” 

This is the story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler’s romantic beginnings. However, this book just didn’t feel true to the real thing. If you took out ‘retelling of Hamilton’ out of the blurb, changed the names and marketed it as a historical romance, it would work. Alexander Hamilton didn’t feel like the charming founding father that we all have come to know and love. He felt like a bumbling awkward teen that made me cringe on more than on occasion. Which is fine… I guess? 

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Eliza, though a little more true to the original, felt like this chaste, pure, innocent woman that kind of felt special snowflakey. This story didn’t capture them. But other than that, it was a cute story. My romantic heart was appeased. The sister relationship and bouts of feminism was also done well. And I’m glad we didn’t get to The Reynold’s Pamphlet situation, because I just needed sweet romance from this book.

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I guess my biggest problem that brought the book from a 4 stars to a 3 stars was the end. It was too much. Everything was so extra, my brain automatically thought this is really bad fanfiction. I was completely taken out of the book.

I know it looks like I’m trashing this book, but I honestly enjoyed it when I didn’t correlate it with Hamilton. This is one of those situations where it’s not you, it’s me. And I think she’s writing a book two? Maybe. Would I recommend it? Sure, try it out, you may like it.



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