Izzy + Tristan - Used

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Author: Dunlap, Shannon

Number Of Pages: 336

Release Date: 12-03-2019

Details: Product Description A classic romantic tale with a modern twist, this dazzling Indies Introduce pick follows two New York teenagers as they secretly fall in love for the first time. Izzy, a practical-minded teen who intends to become a 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 neighborhood. 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. In debut author Shannon Dunlap's capable hands, the romance that has enthralled for 800 years is spun new. Told from several points of view, Izzy + Tristan is a love story for the ages and a love story for this very moment. This fast-paced novel is at once a gripping tale of first love and a sprawling epic about the bonds that tie us together and pull us apart and the different cultures and tensions that fill the contemporary American landscape. From School Library Journal Gr 9 Up—This modern retelling of Tristan and Isolde has all of the romance, tragedy, and melodrama of its source material. Izzy and Tristan cross paths and fall in love after her white family moves into his mostly black neighborhood in Brooklyn. Tristan is a quiet, sensitive chess whiz who has earned his standing in the neighborhood by playing and winning chess matches that his locally powerful bad boy cousin Marcus bets on. When Marcus sets his sights on Izzy, a chain of events is set in motion that cannot end well. And it doesn't. Race, class, gentrification, police violence, and mental illness are all handled in an up-front manner, though some of the conversations and conclusions drawn aren't delved into deeply enough. Izzy's brother's mental illness is a heavy subplot that never quite feels resolved. The story takes a left turn after the main plot is wrapped up, the romance fizzles, and the tragic, sensational ending may feel a bit tacked on to some. VERDICT A combination of a tale-as-old-as-time doomed romance and ripped-from-the-headlines action. A solid choice for medium-size collections.—Beth McIntyre, Madison Public Library, WI Review "Putting her own spin on the age-old story of star-crossed love, Shannon Dunlap's incredible first novel is a solid reminder as to why I continue to read and sell books on a daily basis. I challenge anyone out there to read the prologue of Izzy + Tristan and not fall head-over-heels for this lovely debut."― Javier Ramirez, The Book Table (Oak Park, IL) "In this fresh retelling of Tristan and Iseult, Shannon Dunlap weaves a contemporary version that is just as intense, jarring, and full of romance as the original. There is an instant connection when Izzy moves to Tristan's neighborhood: the doctor girl and the chess boy-could anything be cuter? When Tristan's cousin comes into the picture and wants Izzy for himself, things get a little complicated. Both readers that are familiar with the 12th-century tale and those who aren't will be quick to enjoy it, although perhaps with a bad bout of butterflies."― Jen Pino, Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, CA) "This debut breathes new life into the epic tale of Tristan and Iseult; instead of war, the game is chess. This modern tragedy romance is deadly serious in its execution, placing teens on the front lines of today's headlines. With rich prose and a backdrop that draws on racial tensions in America, this is a fierce, smart reimagining of a timeless love story."― Booklist About the Author Shannon Dunlap is a graduate of the MFA program at New York University. Previously, she was a weekly columnist for the Phnom Penh Post and her work appears in the anthology How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit?: True Stories of Expat Women in Asia

EAN: 9780316415385

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

Item Condition: UsedLikeNew