I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Published by Viking Juvenile on May 5th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?
Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.
The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.
I used to think that my love for The Truth About Forever couldn’t be matched by any other Sarah Dessen novel. Then, Saint Anything came along and proved me wrong. So much heart! So many incredible yet painful moments! Fantastic characters! My literary heart exploded.
I love how relatable it is because feeling alone and vulnerable is not a foreign concept. Many of us can see ourselves in characters like Sydney. I have siblings and I know how easy it is to feel lost among them. Even though Sydney is a bit of a doormat and it takes her a while to realize this, I was invested in her story from the very beginning. I know I’m in trouble when I care so much about a character. I felt very connected to Sydney’s story and I hated how inferior she felt next to her brother. This opened up old wounds so it definitely touched my heart.
All of the characters have complex storylines so I got to know them really well. I didn’t feel like any character was unnecessary, which is beyond amazing. Instead, all of them contributed to the story in really small but significant ways. Sydney’s new friends are insane but amazing and her parents are frustrating yet interesting in their own way. Also, for the record, Sydney’s friend Layla needs her own book because she’s amazing. Like, I-want-her-to-be-my-best-friend amazing.
I loved how everything developed, especially the romance. It didn’t feel forced or like it happened too fast. It wasn’t cheesy or the center of attention. Ultimately, this is a story about family and friendship so the romantic aspect is secondary. You have no idea how much I loved that! But I still appreciated the little glimpses of romance because they were beyond cute, okay?
Saint Anything is Sarah Dessen at her best. Beautiful, tragic, hopeful…this novel has it all. Basically, this is a must read for any Contemporary fan so please do yourself a favor and read it as soon as possible so we can fangirl together!
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