Review: Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan


Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan will be available APRIL 10th!

Read my thoughts!



The New York Times Bestselling duo behind Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily return with twins out to throw the party of a lifetime–or at least the best party of high school!

Siblings Sam and Ilsa Kehlmann have spent most of their high school years throwing parties for their friends–and now they’ve prepared their final blowout, just before graduation.

The rules are simple: each twin gets to invite three guests, and the other twin doesn’t know who’s coming until the partiers 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, as well…in rather surprising ways.




In the beginning, I wanted to read this book because it is freaking gorgeous. Because yes, I totally judge books by their covers sometimes. But I knew I wanted (read: needed) to read it for sure when I discovered that the duo who wrote this book also wrote Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (I love that movie and no, I haven’t read the book yet). I expected a story as original and quirky and fun as Nick & Norah’s and I got a little bit of that but I also got a little bit of seriousness below all of the fun stuff and I always love me a little bit of that.

Sam & Ilsa’s story is fast-paced since the entire book is their last party before graduating high school and starting a new chapter of their lives. It is told from both of their perspectives and aside from Sam and Ilsa there are six more characters. All of them are completely different from each other and they all bring something amazing and fresh into the story. Some of them are not easy to love right away but you will most likely end up liking them at least a little bit by the end of the party (aka end of the book) because there is a lot of growing up in this party (story) despite it being so short.

I wouldn’t call this book unputdownable but it certainly gets you a little bit hooked into the story because you don’t really know how it is going to end. But let me tell you, the ending is certainly something to look forward to. It left me teary-eyed and with a very happy heart. If this sounds like your kind of read then definitely check it out when it comes out on April 10!


Massive thanks to Penguin Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!


4 / 5 flowers


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