Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah
This is it. Sam and Ilsa’s lives are about to change dramatically, so they are throwing one last dinner party in their grandmother’s high-end apartment in New York City before they graduate and the apartment is sold. They’ve each invited three guests, but the other won’t find out who until everyone arrives, but the mix is sure to be explosive. The possibilities are endless – exes, new loves, friends who aren’t. They’ve planned dinner–and their lives. Being twins, they’ve been together forever. Ilsa is the strong, troublesome one, and Sam is the quiet, musical favorite. Who knows what the night holds, but it will not end the way they expect.
Cohn and Levithan have been a great writing pair in the past, and this is no different. This irreverent look at sibling relationships and past histories is reminiscent of Rainbow Rowell and Jordan Sonnenblick and is a modern Breakfast Club remake. This story is all character driven, and though both Sam and Ilsa believe they are at an end, the party, and their lives, are just beginning. This quick read is another great title for the LGBTQ community, deftly dealing with new loves and new interests.
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|Author||Rachel Cohn • David Levithan|
|Page Count||224 pages|
|Publisher||Knopf Books for Young Readers|
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