Friday, April 19, 2019

Saint Anything


Saint Anything
Author: Sarah Dessen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Viking 
Published: May 5, 2015
Pages: 417
My Rating: 

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. 
A girl living in the wake of her brother's mistake.


I am always a sucker for Sarah Dessen novels. Saint Anything wasn't the best of her novels and it wasn't the worst either. The fact that the novel takes place in a pizza parlor a lot of the time made for a cute setting. It also made me very hungry for pizza a lot of the time hahaha. I found the main character, Sydney to be quite annoying. I absolutely adored the Chatham family. Sarah Dessen does have a way of pulling you into the story. If you want a fun, easy read then pick this one up. The romance was sweet but forgettable. That's why I give it an average rating for sure. The ending was perfect though and you really do see Sydney grow as a character. All in all this book wasn't a favorite but it wasn't terrible.
Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature for her novels: Keeping the Moon, Dreamland, This Lullaby, The Truth about Forever, Just Listen, Along for the Ride, and What Happened to Goodbye. Her newest novel, Once and for All, will be released in June 2017. An NC native, she currently lives in Chapel Hill with her family.

6 comments:

  1. I would have such a huge crazing for pizza if I read this. I do love Dessen, though, so I'll have to check this out. Great review!

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    1. Oh man! Did I ever have a pizza craving myself. It was very hard to read late at night and not get the munchies.

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  2. I think that this book is the only book of Sarah Dessen's I don't have. Great post and I am so going to look for the book.

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  3. The best thing about Sarah Dessen's supporting characters is all the subtle yet interesting quirks that make the book endlessly fascinating. I love this book and I'm sure that fans of Sarah Dessen and those who've never read it will enjoy it.

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