Thursday, August 12, 2021

Review: Saint Anything by: Sarah Dessen

Title: Saint Anything
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking
Format Hardcover ( 417 p.) Personal Purchase


A New York Times bestseller

A TIME Magazine Top 10 Children's Book of 2015

"Saint Anything is a poignant, honest story about how we might suffer the misfortune of someone else's bad choices, how people who love us can become family when we desperately need it, and how starting over might - miraculously - mean taking a solid leap forward." —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling novelist of Leaving Time and My Sister’s Keeper

Sydney has always felt invisible. She's grown accustomed to her brother, Peyton, being the focus of the family’s attention and, lately, concern. Peyton is handsome and charismatic, but seems bent on self-destruction. Now, after a drunk-driving accident that crippled a boy, Peyton’s serving some serious jail time, and Sydney is on her own, questioning her place in the family and the world.

Then she meets the Chatham family. Drawn into their warm, chaotic circle, Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance for the first time. There’s effervescent Layla, who constantly falls for the wrong guy, Rosie, who’s had her own fall from grace, and Mrs. Chatham, who even though ailing is the heart of the family. But it’s with older brother Mac—quiet, watchful, and protective—that Sydney finally feels seen, really seen, at last.

Saint Anything is Sarah Dessen’s deepest and most psychologically probing novel yet, telling an engrossing story of a girl discovering friendship, love, and herself.

My Thoughts:

In this book Sydney is dealing with the repercussions of her brother what he's done which has landed him in jail.  So Sydney tries to move on and finds it might be easier in a new school so she enters Jackson High School and leaves her posh high school behind.  It takes a bit for Sydney to make some friends due to being shy and wanting desperately to go unnoticed.  Not long she meets Layla and they become quick friends.

Of course Peyton Sydney's brother keeps becoming a front issue in Sydney's home life.  Sydney hasn't figured out where in this family she fits.  

Sydney really has to work on fixing her relationship with her mom, and her mom has to learn to work on her relationship with her son and so on.  This book was a great read and you find yourself right there with Sydney wishing you could give her the strength to fix the relationships in this book!  Definitely worth checking out!

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