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Book Review: Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen

Rating: 4/5 Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary


Sydney is a seventeen-year-old girl, stuck in the shadow of her perfect brother, Peyton, and always starving for the attention of her parents. Her mother only sees her brother and her father is barely ever there. When Peyton’s troublemaking causes him to drive drunk and cause an accident, landing him in jail, Sydney’s family is blown to smithereens.

I felt so sorry for Sydney, how she was almost ignored by her parents, especially her mother who didn’t see her or even listen to the things she had to say. It’s hard to be alone like that – trapped, helpless, unable to do anything about it. Her parents refused to see how she was drowning, with all the emotions bottled up inside her – they couldn’t even see the danger she was in.

God, Sydney’s mother made me so mad. I wanted to grab her and shake her and tell her to open her eyes already. I hate people who refuse to see the truth, who blame the victims, instead of assigning the blame where it’s due – with the culprit.

I loved the Chathams, with their chaotic, messy lives, their commitment to family – Layla, who was such a good friend & Mac – a sweet, understanding boyfriend. I loved the interactions between Mac and Sydney.

It’s amazing how Sarah Dessen packed so much into one book. Her signature insightful writing made her words a pleasure to read. Though I did have some issues with the story which are due to my own personal views on manipulators and people who enable them, this was a good book.

Synopsis: 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'm a die-hard bibliophile and I'm also an introvert. My blog's about books, books and more books. (yep, that was easy) I might, from time to time, write about life and its vagaries. I like taking pictures of books and doing origami.

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