BW • 5.75 x 8.5 • 320 pages
Grades: 9 to 12 / Ages: 14 to 18

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978-1-5253-0004-2 | Sep 4, 2018
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978-1-5253-0140-7 | Sep 4, 2018
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The Last Wish of Sasha Cade

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.


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Reviews & Awards


The Last Wish of Sasha Cade will break your heart and then heal it.”
— C.C. Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of the Shadow Falls series, August 2018

“Heartwarming friendship, heartbreaking loss and heart-pounding romance.”
— Abigail Johnson, author of If I fix You and The First to Know, August 2018

“Beautifully written and ultimately hopeful, Cheyanne Young's The Last Wish of Sasha Cade explores grief, friendship, family and romance through layered, lovable characters. Fans are sure to be charmed by this affecting story.”
— Katy Upperman, author of Kissing Max Holden and The Impossibility of Us, August 2018

“… a series of plot twists keep the pages turning in this journey tale.”
Booklist Online, September 2018

“… a very easy novel to get drawn into.”
School Library Journal, October 2018

“Give The Last Wish of Sasha Cade to fans of Sarah Dessen and John Green's The Fault in Our Stars as well those who enjoy sweet romances similar to Stephanie Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss series.”
Young Adult Library Services Association, October 2018


2020 Spirit of Texas Reading List, Texas Library Association, Winner
2019 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, Young Adult Library Services Association, Long-listed
2019 Athena Award for Excellence in Young Adult & New Adult Fiction, YARWA, Finalist
2019 Beverley Award, Young Adult Romance Category, Colorado Romance Writers, Short-listed

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foster care
class differences
scavenger hunt
death and dying