The Last Wish of Sasha Cade

The Last Wish of Sasha Cade

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"Raquel Clearwater has just buried her best friend, Sasha Cade, and now her grief is overwhelming. And then a letter comes. It's from Sasha, written before she died. Following the letter's mysterious instructions, Raquel returns to Sasha's grave and meets a handsome stranger who just happens to share her best friend's dark skin and startling blue eyes. It turns out that, months before her death, Sasha went against her adopted parents' wishes and investigated her birth family, only to discover she had a biological brother who grew up in foster care. Sasha wanted her brother to know all about her, but she didn't want him to meet a girl on her deathbed. So she set up an elaborate scavenger hunt for Elijah and Raquel--complete with packages, pre-scheduled emails, videos, and a few other tricks--to reveal what her life was like before the cancer. Raquel jumps at the chance to take this journey with Elijah. It's like being with Sasha all over again. But it's painful to see the contrast between Sasha's life of privilege and Elijah's life of need, and Raquel comes to realize that keeping Sasha's secrets may hurt this boy she is growing to care about. Can Raquel be true to her friend while also being true to herself, true to life and true to her new love?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : KCP Loft, 2018
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 23 cm
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781525300042 (hardcover)
9781525301407 (paperback)
1525301403 (paperback)


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JeffcoTeens Sep 19, 2017

After saying goodbye to her best friend who died of cancer, Raquel receives a letter from Sasha written before she died, asking that she follow the letter's mysterious instructions.

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Feb 10, 2019

Excellent YA read! The romance is a nice side story to a beautiful story of friendship that is more like sisterhood.

I loved reading such a beautiful contemporary book that show cased friendship, love, and loss all in one. This book had me in tears from the very beginning! The characters were well written and the reader gets a good idea of the lives of the main characters. I would recommend this to everyone. - Ravia ///

In my own opinion, this book is like all the other common stories I have read about; writing about a tragedy of a person and the different emotions that played pretty much everything in the plot, then there comes something interesting and heartbreaking to know about and to find out about, but eventually the problem will be solve at the end in a more acceptable way. Like all the books I’ve read so far, ending in a happy and peaceful ending. But you know, not all the story plots are the same right? There must be some moral to it, something that teaches us a lesson in life. What I’ve learnt about this story is that I should feel very lucky to be in such a wonderful family, you can’t choose which family to go to at the first place, but there are a lot of kids that already have an unpleasant family background when they’re born just like Sasha’s biological brother in the story. He wasn’t adopted while he’s in a young age like Sasha which caused him to age in the system and not deserving the life he was suppose to have like the normal kids; going to college; having a stable job; having normal friends; having people who care and love you. I also got a better understanding about what people are thinking after they lost someone special to them; how they moved on; how they fix that hole in their hearts. I was actually in to this book. It felt like as if I was watching them act in a real life show. Overall, this book is awesome and I totally recommend it to you. -YunYun

The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by Cheyanne Young is a heartwarming YA story with elements of romance and tragedy. Raquel’s best friend Sasha is battling cancer when she finally succumbs to her illness. Suddenly, Raquel receives a letter from Sasha. She discovers that Sasha has set up an elaborate journey down memory lane for Raquel and one mysterious boy named Elijah. As they follow the letters Sasha has sent, they must decide whether or not they’ll honour Sasha’s wishes. I really enjoyed how Sasha’s character was written; although she is technically absent for most of the book, her personality is always evident through her letters and videos. Raquel’s grief was also handled sensitively and realistically. She didn’t act overly dramatic but instead acted like how a normal teen might handle this situation. The romance aspect was very sweet; however, at times, it seemed that Elijah was simply too perfect. He didn’t appear to have any character faults that didn’t involve his situation growing up. The book’s ending was a little too picture-perfect as well. It felt to me as if every loose end was tied rather quickly with almost no warning. This didn’t take away from the emotional impact of the ending but did remove some of the realism. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books for a YA demographic looking for a touching, hopeful story. -Dana


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