Synopsis from KCP Loft:
How far would you go for your best friend?
The day Raquel has been dreading for months has finally arrived. Sasha, her best friend in the whole world, has died of cancer. Overwhelmed and brokenhearted, Raquel can’t even imagine life without her.
And then a letter from Sasha arrives. Has she somehow found a way to communicate from beyond the grave?
In fact, Sasha spent her final weeks planning an elaborate scavenger hunt for the friend she would have to leave behind. When Raquel follows the instructions to return to Sasha’s grave, a mysterious stranger with striking eyes is waiting for her. There’s a secret attached to this boy that only Sasha — and now Raquel — knows.
This boy, Elijah, might be just who Raquel needs to help her move on from her terrible loss. But can Raquel remain true to herself while also honoring her friend’s final wish?
Cheyanne Young’s compulsively readable breakout novel offers abiding friendship and forbidden romance, along with an incisive look at how class differences shape who we are and who we grow to be.
About: The Last Wish of Sasha Cade is a young adult contemporary written by Cheyanne Young. It was published on 10/2/2018 by KCP Loft, an imprint of Kids Can Press and Hachette Book Group, hardcover, 316 pages. The genres are young adult, contemporary, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 14 to 18, grades 9 to 12. According to Kids Can Press’ website, it is “the largest Canadian-owned children’s publisher in the world – recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2013.” The Toronto-based publisher has variety of books for all readers, from picture books to non-fiction, graphic novels, young adult, and more. Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Last Wish of Sasha Cade on 6/21/2019 and finished it on 6/24/2019. This book is a great read! I love the friendship between Sasha and Raquel. Sasha sounds like a wonderful person even when she was only 6 years old. I cried buckets at the beginning of this book and smiled at other times. I like the focus on adoptive parents because I have a co-worker that went through it. I do believe there are good adoptive parents out there because my co-worker is good to her girls. The surprise adventures reminds me of the book called All the Bright Places where she goes on different adventures with the guy. This book though, is cuter and a happier read than that one because there’s the bit of romance and friendship humor. I also like some good people in this book including Mr. and Mrs. Reinhart.
This book started out with a prologue, told in the first person point of view following Raquel, 17, senior in high school. Her best friend is Sasha Cade and she is battling cancer and eventually lost. Then the story goes on to discuss about their friendship, how Raquel shaved her own head when Sasha lost all of her hair to chemo. Few days after the funeral, Raquel receives a postcard with Sasha’s handwriting telling her to go to the cemetery where Sasha was buried. When she got there, a stranger was waiting and when they finally introduced each other, they both got the shock of a lifetime. Raquel also learned from the meeting that Sasha has surprise adventures planned, a way to keep and share Sasha’s memory.
The Last Wish of Sasha Cade is well written and a fast paced read. I enjoyed the adventures and those surprises that Sasha planned, even one for her mom’s birthday. I dislike Raquel because she’s so obsessed at Elijah’s (new crush) good looks, pushes him to quit his toxic job, but when he’s in need of a helping hand, she got mad at him and left him to fend for himself. I lost respect for her after this point on even though she sounds like a great person and friend in the beginning of the story. This book is a bad influence to young teens because Raquel constantly lies to her parents as soon as she crushes on a boy she hardly knew. Though I understand the reason for lying but if she could introduce him at Halloween, she could introduce him earlier as a friend. Though it’s a fiction book, the adventures left by Sasha is sweet and I couldn’t fathom how she has the energy to do all that during her terminal days. Not thinking too deep into the realistic of it all, this book is still a good read and I recommend everyone to read it.
Pro: fast paced, page turner, friendship, adopted vs not adopted, adventures, book cover,
Con: not liking Raquel, Raquel constantly lying to her parents, Raquel’s instalove only focuses on the boy’s good looks
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Cheyanne Young lives in Texas and is the author of several books for teens. When she’’s not writing, you can find her sipping coffee and petting dogs. (Photo and info obtained from KCP Loft’s website).
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***Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book from the Author via Twitter. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.