Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (12+)

This writing duo can do no wrong. I was excited when I picked this book up, and had a genuine glow in my heart when I put it down at the end.

Twins Sam & Ilsa throw their last dinner party before their post high school life is to begin. Each invites three guests and revelries ensue. Best friends; ex-boyfriends; the unknown subway boy; Dolly Parton barbie dolls; a sock puppet; and the bubbling tension between the twins ensure plenty of chaos is added to the mix.

While Cohn & Levithan’s Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares will always reign supreme (), I really enjoyed the latest offering from this dynamic duo. The story unfolds beautifully with a few unexpected turns (Li!) as the futures of Sam and Ilsa comes under discussion. A special mention for Parker. He was so well written and I loved him.

I love that the diversity of the characters (gay/straight/unsure; black/white/asian/mixed; sock puppeteers; rich/poor) wasn’t central to the story and never felt forced. This is the perfect novel for anyone looking for a light read that still absorbs you totally.

L-J