Publication date: October 11th, 2011
Published by: Egmont
Genre: YA Paranormal, Magic
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.
Ah, another disappoint YA novel. There seems to be so many lately, I wasn't even remotely surprised by this.
Tris&Izzie is supposed to be a retelling of a Celtic legend "Tristan and Iseult" -title has many variations and the story itself has many origins. From what I know of the original story, Tris&Izzie is pretty close. Well, closer to the movie "Tristan&Izolde", if you ask me. But I have no problem with that, it's a retelling after all. What I had a problem with was the way the author chose to completely butcher her teen characters.
To be honest, I was really appalled by the way teens were portrayed in Tris&Izzie. Like all they think about is how they look in tight clothes and getting themselves a boyfriend and let him define them throughout their high school years(maybe after that as well). A story based on a 12th century fairy tale about wonderful love between two people should definitely not have protagonists that remind you of people who you hated in high school. Not my kind of heroes.