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Can strangers become sisters, a long-lost father become a dad, and can love really conquer all? The challenge is extreme-the stakes have never been higher. The fortune cookies tease her: You will lead a long and happy life. Those dumb things are never right.Chessie Madrid wants to fall in love, she wants to fly airplanes, and most of all she wants to live longer than 6752Can strangers become sisters, a long-lost father become a dad, and can love really conquer all? The challenge is extreme-the stakes have never been higher. The fortune cookies tease her: You will lead a long and happy life. Those dumb things are never right.Chessie Madrid wants to fall in love, she wants to fly airplanes, and most of all she wants to live longer than 6752 days. With a fatal disease camped inside of her wreaking havoc since she turned sixteen, the doctor's predictions are far more sinister. Preparing for death is a total drag.Instead, Chessie makes a list of her deepest desires, keeping her impending demise a secret, and being pretend-well. When the list suddenly starts to come true, sending Chessie's life and everything in it reeling, it's a case of being careless what you wish for.With a new sister she's always dreamed of, a father who's a nightmare, and a lesson in love arriving all at once, Chessie makes her last wish the one that will matter most of all-to live or die trying....

Title : Wishless
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ISBN : 9781603183208
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 220 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Wishless Reviews

  • Wanda Hartzenberg
    2019-01-14 16:55

    I read this book based upon a recommendation of a friend.I was shaken when the story line dawned on me, a girl of 16 have enough problems, living with a terminal disease is simply cruel.I loved the fact that Chessie is very much human, she makes heated decisions to escape a reality few of us can or want to cope with.Chessie grows a lot within the book and at the end you find a young woman with strenght and character.It is however never a case of her illness defining her, instead it is her figth to live her own life that touched me.Having to live with this type of sentence over your head is horrible, to have that sentence at the tender age of 16 is unfathomable.Chessie's story is one of hope, forgiveness and strenght.I give it a 5 * review rating, how can I not?WaAr

  • Melissa
    2018-12-23 19:56

    As if being a teenager wasn't hard enough. Wishless is the story of Chessie Madrid, an eighteen year old girl who has been diagnosed with Sarcoidosis. In most cases the disease is not terminal, but this is not most cases and Chessie is not most girls. She lost her mother at the age of twelve and her father has been absent since she was about three years old. One of the only highlights to Chessie's life is that her mom still visits her at night. One evening her mother visits and tells her, "Chessie, collect your wishes. Choose them carefully. Make a list, start with three or four. If you want them badly enough, they might just come true." And so begins the story of Chessie and her journey of the wishes. Chessie lives with her grandmother, affectionately known as C.G., and has since she was about three years old. C.G. is the closest thing to a mother that Chessie has, and really her only support system. She lives in a small town, with small town rumors, and refuses to tell anyone she is dying because of how she'll be treated. Chessie doesn't want to be looked at with sad eyes for the 6752 days she has left to live. She hasn't even told Meg, her best friend of years, that she is dying. Of course she has hopes that Johnny, Meg's older brother, will be her wish number 2. To find love. Wish number 1 is to have a sister, who arrives in the form of Logan, and wish number 3 is to make her father suffer for his sins. Throughout the book all of Chessie's wishes come to fruition. Bonds are formed, love is found in the most odd places, and sins are suffered for. I expected to cry my heart out at the end of the book. I was mentally preparing for it. As a mother no one wants to think of someone dying so young, let alone suffering during that time. Thankfully Louise Caiola does not cause the reader to feel that there is a major amount of physical suffering for Chessie. The reader falls in love with Chessie and by halfway through the book is hoping and praying for the best. Will Chessie right all the wrongs before her time is up? Will she find love or find that all men are just like her father? Will Chessie finally get to be with her mother? I guess you'll have to read the book to find out! I was not paid for this review, in fact I won the book in a contest. The views and opinions stated here are my own and were in no way swayed. Thank you for taking the time to read. Have a great day! -MelissaA room without books is like a body without a soul. -Cicero

  • Michelle
    2019-01-01 13:04

    I am two for two on books that have made me cry. Normally, I don't go for books that I think might make me shed some tears. Why? simply put, because I am a big cry-baby. But I am so glad that I put up with my tears for this book because I loved it! Wishless is such a beautiful story. And they were not all sad tears, there were some happy tears too. The story deals with a terminal illness, so I knew it was not going to be happy go lucky. But even though it was such a serious subject matter, there were still some really cute moments. I loved that. I loved the fortune cookie theme spread throughout the book. I couldn't wait to see what her fortunes were going to be. One thing I did not like was Johnny. Now I know he was not made to be a likable character, but he really aggravated me. I can't stand cheating, and he was just so flippant about everything. It drove me crazy. Chessie should have had some better sense there. Other than the johnny shaped slip-ups, I thought Chessie was a very strong character and I loved her! And George, well he was a cutie. I am always a sucker for the nice guy- in real life and in my books. Call me crazy, but mean doesn't do it for me. I don't want to give too much away from the story, but Wishless is a beautiful, emotional, and touching journey. And I loved every minute of it. I was moved by Chessie's story. Such a satisfying read.

  • Christi
    2019-01-02 12:50

    This is an honest portrayal of a teen girl facing a very scary future. How many of us have made a wish on a star and embraced that hopeful innocence? Louise did a great job helping us get insight into the mind and heart of a 18 year old young woman "Chessie"; who loses sight of what she wants and deserves in life because of an ever looming disease and a disappointing past. This book portrays imperfect characters who make imperfect decisions who learn the act of forgiveness is where their wishes come true. Something every reader can relate to. I'd recommend this book for a mature teen audience.

  • Michelle Colloton
    2019-01-08 19:12

    I received a copy of this book for free through the Goodreads First Read program.This book brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. The characters are real, and their stories are believable. My only complaint is that the plot, perhaps, is a bit expected of a ya coming of age novel, but I can't say it really bothers me. The author crafts a beautiful story, and I look forward to seeing what she does in the future.

  • Christy
    2018-12-29 12:57

    Stricken with a terminal disease, 16-year-old Chessie Madrid fights for her life while keeping her illness a secret between herself and her grandmother, with whom she lives. Chessie pretends to be well around her friends and is a bit bemused that every fortune cookie she opens always seem to mock her with the proverb she will live a long and happy life. In a moment of despair, Chessie makes a wish list hoping for a brother or sister, for her best friend’s brother Johnny to fall in love with her, and for her father to suffer for abandoning her as a child. When an unknown half-sister shows up, Chessie’s delighted, but when her father seeks a way into her life, she’s angry and bitter. And when Johnny turns an interested eye her way, she’s happy for the attention but fearful it’s for the wrong reason. As Chessie’s disease progresses and her wishes are fulfilled, her life takes a different direction and she begins to wonder if her wish list was such a good idea after all.This heartwarming coming-of-age story will bring tears and smiles as the reader becomes vested in Chessie and her fight to live while keeping her chin up and her secret close. Chessie is intriguing, a young woman with a strong spirit who accepts her life may be cut short but intends to live it to its fullest without infringing on others. Chessie’s lingering grief over her mother’s death and her struggle with her feelings over her father as he tries to make amends for his absence over the years, as well as the way she deals with her illness, are powerfully portrayed and well-told. The plot is exceptional and so well-written this reviewer was reluctant to put the book aside. Although couched as a book for young adults, older readers will be just as absorbed by Chessie’s story.

  • Louise Caiola
    2019-01-14 20:01

    Wishless was my debut novel, my introduction to the world of characters who took up space inside my head loudly requesting to be written. I feel especially close to this group because they paved the way for the others that came after. As with many debuts, I recognize the imperfections. Writing is a skill that is continually being honed as its crafted. That said, my hope is that this story will entertain you, if only for a little while, take you away from some trouble or strife and bring you a smile or perhaps a tear. I fully understand the subjectivity of the readership. I'm a voracious reader, too. As a society our tastes vary in everything from clothing, food, music, movies, politics and then some. I also know what goes into the creation of each and every finished book. Most if not all writers invest their entire hearts and souls into their work. I am no different. Knowing this has made me a kinder reader. I'll never disparage another person's creation simply because it didn't resonate with me. One man's treasure, as the saying goes...I thank you so very much for choosing to read this book. With all the choices you have, I'm honored for the chance to spend time with you and hope we'll meet again soon in the pages of my next novel.

  • Ashley
    2019-01-20 15:01

    It all started with a fortune cookie. "You will live a long and happy life." But everyone knows Fortune Cookies can't tell you your future. Same goes for Chessie. She had a disease, The Big S. as she calls it. The out come isn't looking good for her. She has kept this hidden for over two years. She swore her grandmother to secrecy. So she makes a wish list. It may just be coincidence, but all her wishes start to come true.This was a very good book. I really liked Chessie's character, until she started hooking up with Johnny. She knows what it's like to be a victim of cheating, and she does that very thing to his girl friend. Even though she can tell he doesn't really love her. She does things with him so he will notice her. I really liked Logan, I was hoping to get more of her story. I'm glad Chessie finally got to tell Mark Madrid how she really felt about him.I think I've given away to much already, so go out and buy your copy now! You wont be disappointed!

  • Carrie
    2019-01-01 14:59

    Chessie’s days are numbered because of a terminal illness. Before her time fades away, she’d like to experience life a little more than she has. She writes what she wishes for the most in a notebook. As these wishes unfold, she discovers which are important and which are foolish. Important life lessons are learned even when one is closer to death. Taking lessons to the grave of forgiveness, acceptance, closure and trust are far more important than lessons of guilt, deception, anger and lust. Wishless is not the kind of book I’m usually pulled toward but what a relief to find Louise Caiola’s writing style to be one that hooked me. After every chapter I had to read on to the next. I can’t wait to see how this new author grows in the publishing industry. What a wonderful talent she will be sharing with the world.

  • Ranger430
    2019-01-04 15:02

    Knowing Louise Caiola personally, I was very curious to read her book. I was a little hesitant at first knowing it was written specifically for young adults, and I am far past the young adult stage. That being said, this book was delightful. It's an enjoyable voyage with a (mostly) lovable cast of characters, and I stayed up several nights much too late because I wanted to see all of Chessie's wishes come true!Congrats to you, Louise, on your debut novel. I cannot wait to read your next one!

  • Heather Cashman
    2019-01-19 19:59

    A compelling read from the start, I enjoyed the relationships, felt sometimes like the book was about me, and loved the journey of grief, acceptance, and forgiveness. I felt this was a statement that everyone had someone to forgive, even if it meant forgiving yourself.Disclaimers: Only two. I felt there could have been one last editing pass for some grammar errors, and I really didn't like the way sex was portrayed as fairly meaningless (which I completely disagree with on a personal level).

  • Julie
    2018-12-31 20:13

    Highly recommend! I was completely impressed with this book. I quickly became so involved with each of the unique characters. Chessie is someone I feel I could be friends with and I came to care about her very much. The way she dealt with her struggles was smart and funny and sometimes sad. Even though this is considered a YA, it was referred to me by my aunt who read it and she is in her 30's. She loved it and so did I.

  • Sam
    2019-01-22 19:05

    I really liked this book:) it was sad but really good. I would reccomend it to anyone with a soul.

  • Krista
    2019-01-19 15:05

    This is a sweet, heart-tugging book that I recommend from Louise.

  • Betty-Braden
    2019-01-23 21:09

    "Can strangers become sisters, a long-lost father become a dad, and can love really conquer all? The challenge is extreme-the stakes have never been higher. The fortune cookies tease her: You will lead a long and happy life. Those dumb things are never right.Chessie Madrid wants to fall in love, she wants to fly airplanes, and most of all she wants to live longer than 6752 days. With a fatal disease camped inside of her wreaking havoc since she turned sixteen, the doctor's predictions are far more sinister. Preparing for death is a total drag.Instead, Chessie makes a list of her deepest desires, keeping her impending demise a secret, and being pretend-well. When the list suddenly starts to come true, sending Chessie's life and everything in it reeling, it's a case of being careless what you wish for.With a new sister she's always dreamed of, a father who's a nightmare, and a lesson in love arriving all at once, Chessie makes her last wish the one that will matter most of all-to live or die trying."What a tear jerker! I knew that Caiola's book would be sad due to the premise, but I was woefully unprepared. The book overall isn't my favorite. A little labourous, a little drawn out... But Caiola did a good job of making the reader connect with Chessie- I'll give her that.

  • Robert Nacke
    2019-01-22 12:55

    This is such beautifully written book that takes you through Chessie struggle going through a deadly disease of her struggles with it ,and of her life as a young woman coming terms with it ,and of her family ,where along the way she finds herself .This truly beautiful story that moved me so much!Louise wrote such a heart felt story that will touch all when it is read.She is such a talented writer who never disappoint you.I highly recommend this for all !

  • Adrienne Paganelli
    2019-01-07 17:14

    an amazing story...im not good with words hence why im not a writer but parts of this story took my breath away, such a talent in this author...i pictured the movie and cant wait to hopefully one day see that happen

  • Brianna (The Book Vixen)
    2018-12-29 21:11

    Not the book for me.