Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
  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.

   Other than J.K. Rowling, Sarah Dessen is my go to author! When I first read about this book, I was already to countdown for when I could get it. She is an amazing YA author who, in many ways, touch on teen and young adult problems. Out of many of her books, this would have to be one of the darker books she has written. The lead character Sydney is one that I can relate to because of her of living in the shadow of her brother and other reasons. Sydney’s new group of friends are a mix of oddness and awesomeness.
   Her new girl power BFF is nuts about french-fries, how they’re cooks, what to dip them, and so on. Mac always reading textbooks and helping his family; Mac is simple sweet. There’s her old friends, her family, the Chatham family; there are many different characters in the story. These are little things brings a character to life. The plot it’s self was a quilt of a lot of littler plots woven into one. I liked how they all different time lines that becomes one. It goes from band problems, sick mom, to pizza shop, to family problems to fights between friends, and can’t forget boy drama. This book has a lot going on but while written into a slower speed than many other books with many small plots. The book could be seen as slow at time, but it’s those simple parts that I enjoyed about this book. If it wasn’t for them working on homework or helping a friend who’s drank too much, the slower parts, stories would be rushed. Plus these are all parts that helps develop the plot.
   Over all this is a wonderful story, for sure in my top five favorite books of Sarah Dessen! This is Sarah Dessen classic!

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  1. this sounds like a nice, slow, and relaxing read. I've never read anything by Sarah Dessen but I'm really planning to try one soon :) this one just might be it!

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

    1. I've have love her for years, I was like 16 when I read her for the first time and has been one of my go to author. She has the simple, classic, writing style to her style that I just love. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Reading!


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