Book Review: Izzy + Tristan by Shannon Dunlap

Published in 2019 in the United States by Hachette Children’s Group

Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance.

Page Count: 327

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Hachette Australia:

A love story for the ages – and a love story for this very moment. This is Baz Luhrmann’s ROMEO AND JULIET meets Jennifer Niven’s Finch and Violet from ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES.

This isn’t a story about anything new. It’s about the oldest thing in the world. It’s about love.

Sixteen-year-old Izzy, a bright aspiring doctor, isn’t happy about her recent move from the Lower East Side across the river to Brooklyn. She feels distanced from her family, especially her increasingly incomprehensible twin brother, as well as her new neighbourhood.

And then she meets Tristan.

Tristan is a chess prodigy who lives with his aunt and looks up to his cousin, Marcus, who has watched out for him over the years. When he and Izzy meet one fateful night, together they tumble into a story as old and unstoppable as love itself.

From an exciting new voice in YA, this is a gripping tale of first love.

My Review:

Proof copy received from Hachette Australia for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

Well, this was such an interesting and heart breaking read, truly! I was absolutely immersed in the story of Izzy and Tristan, I found them both to be such refreshing narrators; and Breanna as well! I daresay Tristan and Izzy won’t be leaving my mind any time soon!

This was definitely a unique take on the story of Tristan and Isolde, with Tristan being a Creole chess whizzkid, one who often finds himself at the wrath of his cousin, Marcus, who claims he loves him and has his best interests at heart! Throughout this novel, Marcus was utterly awful to his cousin and honestly I still don’t know why? I mean, he seemed to constantly have a chip on his shoulder, but I feel like if he just sort of tried to see things as they were, as other people felt and perceived him, then things could’ve turned out better for everyone?!

Izzy, I adored throughout. Such a brainac, with goals to be a doctor on her mind, her bond with her twin brother fracturing after the family moves away from everytging they’ve known, and Hull (said twin brother), unravelling from who he was, and just everything that she knew crumbling around her. Until Tristan.

Okay, I admit, their romance was totally insta-lovey and for me that can really be hit or miss, but given the foreshadowing that the book started with, my heart knew it was going to be upset by the end of this story and following along with the theme of love, Romance, and I might even say Star Crossed Lovers, I was wholly addicted and could hardly put the book down!

Izzy + Tristan is available from all book retailers as of yesterday! Definitely one that my fellow YA contemporary lovers won’t want to miss!

Happy Reading,



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