Title: Sam and Ilsa’s Last Hurrah
Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Pages: 224 Pages
Publisher: Egmont Publishing
Sam and Ilsa Kehlmann have spent most of their high school years throwing dinner parties, and now they’ve prepared their final blowout, just before graduation. The rules for the twins are simple: they each get to invite three guests, and the other twin doesn’t know who’s coming until the guests show up at the door. With Sam and Ilsa, the sibling revelry is always tempered with a large dose of sibling rivalry, and tonight is no exception.
One night. One apartment. Eight people. What could possibly go wrong? Oh, we all know the answer is plenty. But plenty also goes right – in rather surprising ways.
As far as writing partnerships go, Cohn and Levithan has to be one of my favourites. There has yet to be a book that they have written (either individually or together) that I have not enjoyed. Therefore, even before turning the first page of Sam and Isla’s Last Hurrah I knew I would like it.
And like it, I did.
It is almost like that game were you select ideal dinner guests, except in this circumstance all the guests are alive and not celebrities. We see Sam and Isla through the dual narrative try to come to terms with the empty space ahead of life after high school. Besides not knowing if they are going to college, travelling or getting a job they also have to deal with the fact that they are losing their home; the location for the last hurrah – their grandmother’s New York apartment.
It really is a quirky piece of YA fiction that focuses on half truths and lies and also includes a sock puppet. I know you are intrigued.
Sam and Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is available now.
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