Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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Title: Saint Anything
Author: Sarah Dessen
Release Date/Publisher: May 5th 2015 by Viking Juvenile
Finished: February 26th 2015
Pages: 448-ARC paperback-given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

What I Thought:

I was given this ARC from Razorbill/Penguin Canada in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

I love Sarah Dessen’s books so when I saw that I could request it and that I actually got a copy I was beyond excited! I fully enjoyed reading this one and when I got close to the end I didn’t want to finish it because I wanted to keep reading. I think this is one of her best written books so far and I really liked the characters.

The theme of family is huge in this one. Sydney is used to being behind the scenes while her brother Peyton is the star, always having the attention no matter what. He gets in trouble with the police and ends up in jail, and still her mom makes everything centered around him. Sydney is a good girl who always follows the rules but this leads to her being lonely in the beginning since no one is around her.

Sydney does make some great friends though, I thought Leyla was a great person for her to be around and she really helped her change. Leyla’s obsession with fries was funny, and every time I picked up this book I either wanted fries or pizza. Mac was a good reliable guy for her to start to fall for too, and the fact that the romance wasn’t the main storyline was great, it just blended in with the rest. The main focus is still the drama that’s happening in her family, and let’s not forget the incredible guilt she feels over the victim of her brother’s accident.

I really think this was one of her best stories yet, I loved reading it and it just had me go through many emotions. I highly recommend this to fans of the author, or anyone just wanting a great read that talks about family, friendships, and love.

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