Tris & Izzie
by Mette Ivie Harrison Published by Egmont USA
on October 11th 2011 Pages:
A modern retelling of the German fairytale "Tristan and Isolde", Tris and Izzie is about a young witch named Izzie who is dating Mark King, the captain of the basketball team and thinks her life is going swimmingly well. Until -- she makes a love potion for her best friend Brangane and then ends up taking it herself accidentally, and falling in love with Tristan, the new guy at school.
Short and Sweet:
Before I read Tris and Izzy, I had seen quite a few mixed reactions to this book. Some positive. Some not so much. Having had watched Tristan and Isolde a few days previously, I was in the mood to see what Harrison had up her sleeve with her retelling. That was probably a mistake.
Tristan and Isolde (the one with James Franco) is one of my favorite movies. Tris and Izzy came no where close to what I thought it would be. Honestly, I am hard pressed to see how this is even a retelling. It seems like the only thing this book has in common with Tristan and Isolde are the main characters names. Other than that, I am at a loss as to what exactly these two tales have in common.
Tris and Izzy by no means is a bad book. Sure, there are plenty of eye rolling, did that really just happen moments. But the book as a whole was a pleasant read. One that I actually enjoyed once I pushed aside the idea that Tris and Izzy actually was going to have anything remotely in common with actual tale of Tristan and Isolde. I think that if the "retelling" had never come into play then this would have been a much easier read. I would have enjoyed it for what it was, rather than what it was suppose to be.