Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
My first impression was that this was Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf for the Gossip Girl crowd - disappointing for fans of Cohn/Levitan collaborations. There's very little here that's unsurprising, either in terms of what happens or in terms of the people depicted. All emotional moments are telegraphed, and it's pretty obvious that the Deep Dark Secrets are, well, not. Which can be ok for target readers: they're not looking for Sam or Ilsa to surprise them. They're fine with KK being a bitch, and with Parker, Jason, etc. The addition of a sock puppet to the mix? Perhaps not so fine (although knowing how this was written, I appreciate how the other author embraced the addition and really tried to make the sock puppet a real character! That alone was worth a star.) And the epilogue? Not needed. Ultimately, this might be a hard sell, even for fans of these writers.
ARC provided by publisher.