Book Review: Isabella's Last Request

Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Isabella's Last Request by Laura Lawrence* is a novel in which a girl in her twenties with a brain tumour writes a list of all of the things she wants to do before she dies. The novel is narrated by Isabella's best friend, Olivia, as they complete the tasks whilst travelling the world. Along the way they meet two boys and of course there's a little bit of romantic involvement. It's a nice easy read that's a little bit juicy. If you like novels by Sophie Kinsella and Cecelia Ahern then this is one for you.

I was able to read this book in a day. I normally read Kindle books a lot faster than paperbacks but this is only about 200 pages(give or take depending on your ereader). The book is quite sad at times(although I didn't cry like everyone who's review it on Amazon has) and talks about cancer so if this is quite a sensitive topic for you then you might want to be a little bit wary. I did really like the list that they had written and found it really added something to the novel. It made me think about what I would do if I found out I was going to die. It gave a firm plot line for the story to follow as well. I really liked the two different romances that occur. The relationship between Isabella and her man is very 'bad boy' and reckless whilst Olivia kind of settles down with someone who is very caring. I think the relationships were a really nice way of showing their personalities a little bit better.

I think my main issue with the book and why I chose not to give it a higher star rating is because it skipped out on a lot of detail. They'll be standing talking in the queue to go swim with dolphins and then the next thing you know they're talking after swimming with dolphins. But really what I want to be reading about is swimming with the dolphins, what they done, how it felt etc. etc. I think because of this I didn't feel myself getting very connected to Isabelle as a character. Yes she had cancer and that sucks but I was definitely a lot more attached to Olivia, mostly because it was written from her perspective. As I've said, this book is about 200 pages long and I would have preferred if it was a little bit longer. Just adding those little bits of detail would have made it so much better for me.

For £2.02 I think Isabella's Last Request is great book to buy from the Kindle store. It's a fun, easy read that's perfect for summer. Something I'd recommend to read by the pool with your Kindle in one hand and a pina colada in the other. There's also a sequel called Isabella's Last Gift which I have bought and am looking forawrd to reading. As I said earlier I felt more attached to Olivia and this novella follows her after she moves to America.

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