About the Book:
The day Raquel has been dreading for months has finally arrived. Sasha, her best friend in the whole world — the best friend in the whole world — has died of cancer. Raquel can’t imagine life without her. She’s overwhelmed and brokenhearted.
And then a letter from Sasha arrives. Has she somehow found a way to communicate from the afterlife?
In fact, Sasha has planned an elaborate scavenger hunt for Raquel, and when she 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 what Raquel needs to move on from her terrible loss. But can Raquel remain true to herself while also honoring her friend’s final wish?
Publisher: Kids Can Press
The first time I read the synopsis of this book, I already knew, right then and there, that it would make me cry. I just didn’t expect that I would cry as early as the prologue and would still cry towards its end.
The Last Wish of Sasha Cade is a book that will make you treasure more your friendship with other people, your relationship with your family, and quite surprisingly, yourself.
“You got this. You’re so much stronger than you think you are.”
The friendship of Sasha and Raquel that was shown in this novel is really fascinating and amazing. It actually made me wish for a best friend like Sasha (without the sick part), or a best friend like Raquel (without the having a sick best friend part).
All throughout the novel, Cheyanne Young has consistently shown us [the readers] how good of a friend Sasha and Raquel are in their own ways. But even if they are the image of a really good best friend, Young has never given us the connotation that they are perfect. She [Young] made sure that the characters are as real and authentic as they can be. Yes, they are really good friends, but no, they aren’t perfect and they also make some not so nice things.
What impressed me the more about their friendship is how much they believed in each other and how much they really know each other. Sasha had always wanted what’s best for Raquel that’s why she really made sure that Raquel would never feel alone once she’s already gone. Raquel, in return, had never doubted Sasha’s decisions and wishes.
I never once saw this whole setup as Sasha being the bossy and superior friend and Raquel being the inferior one because the writer just made everything so smooth and heartwarming. Maybe that’s what a book does to a reader who has made a connection with the characters.
They may not be talking personally anymore and it’s a one-way communication only, but it’s amazing how everything just gets together in pieces because Sasha and Raquel both already know how the other will react or what the other would really want.
“We may all have different last names, but we’ve chosen to be together.”
This book doesn’t show perfect families but that’s what makes it feel real: the families in this book are real because they are the kinds of families we really see in the real world. Sasha and Raquel hide things from their parents. They’re not comfortable talking about love or “boys” with their moms. But this does not mean that they have bad families or that they don’t have a good relationship with their parents. We’re just all about being real in this book.
Towards the end of this book, it is really inspiring how the characters all feel like one big happy family! (I cannot say more because I’m keeping this review spoiler-free.)
“I want to stop hiding and lying just to keep a promise we made to Sasha after she died. I love her more than anything, but she’s gone now. We have to live for us.”
Even if Raquel is always saying that she’s happy being Sasha’s shadow all this time, we still get a glimpse of her development as a character in the last few chapters of this book, and I was just so proud of her! She respects her best friend’s wishes, but she’s smart enough to still do what she knows will be the best for the common good.
Raquel’s character development is the development I’ve been waiting for in this book. Through the first few chapters that I’ve read her point of view, I was knowing her bit by bit, and I just felt that she can be a lot better and that’s exactly what she did. First, she listened to her best friend. Second, she listened to herself. That’s the kind of virtue I’m always looking for in fictional characters. I always love reading about a character who can do both: respect what others are saying while also respecting herself (or himself) and following what he/she knows will be the best for everyone.
**An ARC was sent to me by the publisher but this does not, in any way, affect my opinion on the book.**
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.
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