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.
Rating: 5 stars
As always, thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was such a sweet, worthwhile story. It’s so rare that a book effects me in such a good way, but this one really did. The story and relationship between Sasha and Raquel can really hit home for anyone who has lost a loved one, but the friendship between the two makes it feel even stronger than that. It’s always especially hard to read about death for most of us, but it still felt like Sasha was alive and present through so much of the story because of her notes, videos, and adventures. It’s kind of like knowing that someone you love may not be here with you anymore, but the memories you have with them keep them alive in your mind and heart. I do wish that everyone could experience these little cards and videos from their loved ones even after their passing, though.
I don’t usually “ship” very many relationships in young adult novels, but Elijah and Raquel’s slow building love was really one of the most pure, sweet, and well-intended ones that I have come across. I loved each and every character in this book (besides Zach, but he’s hardly even really a character, amirite), even down to the Reinhart’s. This is the kind of story that breaks your heart and lifts your spirits all at the same time. Not to mention, the cover is so beautiful.