The Islanders

Do you remember the time in your life when you were happiest? Can you think back to when you felt like your Era was? When I read The Islanders, I felt transported back to my happy place. I’ll tell you more about the book here in a moment, but let’s talk about my happy place first.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the music was at its best, the clothes were just the bee’s knees, and walking around your neighborhood was easy.

Life was a whole different kind of comfort level back in those days, where we felt safe, secure, and free. I remember walking from friend’s house to friend’s house, and some of them lived on a different side of the city.

I grew up in the inner city of Indianapolis, Indiana, where there were 2 million people. Sure, bad things happened, but we didn’t worry about that because we stayed away from the places where it was happening and didn’t mess with people we knew not to mess with. I had family members who were into that stuff, but they kept it away from us as much as they could. I knew how to bob and weave the waters, so to speak.

Anyway, let’s get back to walking. We would walk from one friend’s house back to my grandma’s house, pass by the Burger King drive-thru, and step on the wire that would alert them inside that we were there. We’d order our food, and when they said to drive around, we would run laughing so hard we’d have to stop and hide in a bush until we calmed down because we’d almost pee our pants. That’s the kind of fun we were having.

We could hang out at friends’ houses and go to places without worrying about the things kids worry about now.

I watched “The Brat Pack” the other day on Hulu and was instantly taken back to when “Sixteen Candles” and all those movies were at their height, and I swooned over all those heartthrobs and still get a flutter in my stomach when I see them.

To each their own, I know, but that was my ‘Era’, what’s yours?

Reading The Islanders took me back to that place in my mind and heart, and I couldn’t stop reading it. The nostalgia is real, and even if you’re not someone who finds their ‘Era’ back in the late 80s or early 90s, this is still a book for you because it’s more than a time period; it’s a story about youth and freedom. It’s about coming of age at a time when you could be a kid again. It’s a story of love and angst, discovering yourself and growing.

Check out my review below or other reviews on Goodreads or here for more commentary.

The Islanders by Nicole Paquin 

There are days when you just want to remember the best time of your life. When you do that, pick up a book like this, and you’ll be transported back to the 1980s when life was simple and the music was at its finest.

I read this book, felt it, and watched it play out like a movie inside my head. While I didn’t personally live this type of lifestyle, I wanted to—I think every teenager wanted to.

I watched this play out on the big screen in different narratives when I was a teenager, but this one particular storyline was so much more relatable because the characters had so much depth and likability. The world was well-developed and defined; it felt like I was there and could smell the seawater.

Imagine being free, young, and full of life again. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and even reached out to the author, hoping to see it become a movie. We desperately need another 80s movie, and watching reruns is getting old. We need a rejuvenation of 80s pop culture, and this is it!!!!

Until next time, my friends.

CJ

The Islanders Book Review by Cj Ives Lopez

Do you remember the time in your life when you were happiest? Can you think back to when you felt like your Era was? When I read The Islanders, I felt transported back to my happy place. I’ll tell you more about the book here in a moment, but let’s talk about my happy place […]

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