Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Posted May 26, 2017 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Saint Anything by Sarah DessenSaint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Published by Viking on May 5th 2015
Pages: 417
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four-half-stars

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.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen is so good. I really enjoyed this book. I felt like I could really relate to Sydney and what she was going through. Sydney is struggling because her older brother is in jail and she feels guilty for all the mistakes that he has made. To get away from all the rumors and pity, Sydney ends up changing schools and making new friends.

Sydney’s new group of friends are quite odd but at the same time they are pretty amazing. Sydney makes a new girlfriend, meets a wonderful boy that she wants to be her boyfriend, but at the same time she still has to deal with the drama of her family. Then there is Ames. Ames is Peyton’s best friend. Peyton is Sydney’s brother. Ames gives Sydney the creeps and she can’t quite put her finger on why. Sydney’s parents trust Ames whole heartedly which leaves Sydney in some tough situations.

I think this book is about self discovery, finding forgiveness, standing up for yourself, and also finding the place where you belong. The story started out a bit slow but I felt like it definitely redeemed itself when the characters started to develop more. Dessen is an amazing writer and I really enjoy her books. Saint Anything is definitely one of my favorites. Saint Anything is definitively more dark than other Dessen books. It still has a bit of a cheery ending though so just wait for it.

four-half-stars

About Sarah Dessen

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.

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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