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Tris & Izzie Hardcover – October 11, 2011

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About the Author

Mette Ivie Harrison is the author of The Princess and the Hound and several other novels for young adults. She has a Ph.D. in German literature from Princeton University. She lives with her family in Utah. You can visit her online at www.metteivieharrison.com and www.trisandizzie.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606841734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606841730
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,171,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By schmettajames VINE VOICE on October 2, 2011
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I was excited to read Tris and Izzie because I'm really interested in Arthurian legends and I like retellings of myth, legends, and fairytales. When I heard about this modern retelling of the legend of Tristan and Isolde, I was all over it. Unfortunately, this book was a waste of my time. The author has taken a fascinating, compelling legend and reduced to a bunch of unlikable teenagers behaving badly.

Izzie (short for Isolde) is one of the most annoying main characters I've ever encountered. She's a complete moron. She's part of the in crowd at her high school because she's dating the basketball team captain Mark, and she has a best friend named Branna, who's sad because she's secretly in love with someone who doesn't love her back. She won't tell Izzie who the object of her affections is, but it's painfully obvious (although not to the terminally stupid Izzie). So, what does Izzie do? Console her friend and point out to her that they're 16 and unrequited love isn't exactly unheard of that age? No, she decides to give Branna a love potion, despite the fact that her mother (who's a witch) has told her that love potions are very dangerous. Since Izzie doesn't know who Branna's in love with, she randomly picks this hot guy named Tristan who's just started at their high school. She knows nothing about him, but she decides that he should become her best friend's lifelong true love (because once you drink the potion, you're in love forever). Of course, since Izzie doesn't actually plan any of this out, things go horribly awry and she ends up drinking the potion herself, so she and Tristan fall madly in love

Everything's a mess, and Izzie doesn't know what to do. Then weird things start happening, and Izzie learns that a giant serpent wants to kill her.
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Isolde, AKA Izzie, is in love with Mike, the perfect popular high school jock. Her life is perfect except for her best friend, Branna, who refuses to act girly or seek out a boyfriend. To help her best friend, Izzie tries to make a philtre, or love potion, but fails miserably. She snoops in her mother's things and finds what she thinks is a philtre and uses that instead, pouring it into a soda for Branna and her unknown love to drink. Enter new boy Tristan, who instantly rubs Izzie the wrong way. She figures he's a good match for her friend and has him drink the soda, but then Mike wants to drink as well, causing Izzie to chug the rest so they won't fall in love. Now she is completely repulsed by Mike and inexplicably attracted to Tristan.

I really wanted to like this story. I love the Tristan and Isolde story and I love retelling of legends and fairy tales. You'd think I would love this, but you would be wrong. Izzie is completely unlikeable. She is absolutely horrible to her best friend. She criticizes pretty much everything about Branna from her size to her dress to her disinterest in having a boyfriend. Since Izzie thinks a girl's life is only valid with a boyfriend, she wants to help her in the most awful way possible. Therefore, without her friend's consent, she is going to make her love someone else forever. Great friend. I can't even fathom the arrogance and disregard for everyone around her that goes into making a decision like that. She has no idea who Branna likes, so simply picks someone random who seems nice enough and then tries to tie them together forever. When her potion fails, she just grabs a random bottle out of her mother's cabinet that could be absolutely anything and wants to give it to Branna and unknown boyfriend.
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I wasn't familiar with the fairytale of Tristan and Isolde, but the summary intrigued me when it said that it involved love potions and falling for the wrong person. I was thrilled to step away from the normal paranormal of vampires, shape shifters and mermaids for a bit and step into a book involving magic and teen angst. I have to say though that this book is not as great as that cover unfortunately. The cover is so pretty with all the flower petals and shirtless guy, but the reading material inside is less than memorable.

With not much background to base an emotional tie to the characters on, I wasn't really invested in the story enough to enjoy what was going on. The main character is at times naive and predictable, but the path that the author takes her on really isn't explained well enough to understand why she is on this path. The secondary characters were just as much unappealing as the main character. The bad guy is the cliched bad guy that makes you cringe whenever he speaks from predictability and not evil creepiness.

Overall, this book was a disappointment to me. The cover was basically the only thing I enjoyed about this book. Not one I would reread again in the future.
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Review by Squeaky Books guest reviewer: River

I got maybe 75 pages into this retelling of Tristan and Isolde and was desperately trying to read a few more when I finally gave up. At my reading level, the writing seemed juvenile, the characters flimsy and unlikable and the plot utterly confusing (dare I say nonsensical?). I could easily see my little sister (12) reading this novel though and perhaps enjoying it. It would be a perfect fit for pre-teen readers who might want a taste of classic romance or an introduction to simple fantasy. Basically, it seemed to have been written for a much, much younger audience than the typical young adult reader and was really difficult to try to enjoy.
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