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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen 5**** Review by Vanessa

Saint Anything

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.


Review by Vanessa

Sometimes your closes family are your friends. Saint Anything is a story of two complete different families that have a lot more in common than people would think. They are both trying to overcome two different tragedies; one by a bad choice and the other by sickness.

Sydney is present but not seen or heard in her home. Her family is just trying to get through the fall out of where her brother Peyton’s actions have brought them. Sydney is not just invisible but she carries a great amount of guilt for the consequences of her brother’s choices. He went from someone she looked up to someone she no longer knew.

Sydney is used to being visible when she meets the Chatham Family. They are the kind of family that everything is SEEN and acknowledge, flaws and all. The Chatham’s immediately SEE Sydney. A friendship that starts from something as simple as a Dum Dum lollipop changes Sydney’s life. She finds comfort, friendship, life skills, knowledge that anyone can fall from grace and love and in one place.

This is a story of humans connecting with other and making a difference. For better and sometimes worse.

What’s you favorite kind of Dum Dum Lollipop? It’s important.


Rating Scale 5 stars

Hotness: Young Love

Storyline: You will be hearing from Sydney POV (Point of View). The story has an easy flow with some of the past coming in.

Money Well Spent: Yes

Alpha Male Scale: Its YA but Mac is very protective

Would you recommend the book to your girlfriends?  YES


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About the Author

I’ve been writing, in one way or another, for as long as I can remember. I was always a big reader, mostly because my parents were. I used to get frustrated with my mom because she bought me books for Christmas when what I really wanted were the gifts my friends got, things like sweaters and jewelry. But I did love to read. When I was eight or nine my parents gave me an old manual typewriter and a little desk in the corner of our den, and I’d sit there and type up my stories. I was the kind of kid that people always sighed over and said, “She has such a wild imagination,” which usually meant “I wish Sarah would try to stick to the truth.” I have a tendency to embellish: I think it’s just a weakness of fiction writers. Once you learn how to make a story better, it’s hard not to do it all the time.” The books I read when I was teenager, the good ones anyway, have stuck more in my mind than anything since. I still love books, but while I couldn’t tell you complete plots of novels I read even six months ago, I do remember even the smallest descriptive details from Lois Lowry’s A Summer to Die or Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. I think it was because back then books were still somewhat new to me, and when I found an author who seemed to say just what I was feeling, it really struck me and resonated. I hope that my books do that for the people who read them: I think it’s the best thing to which any writer can aspire. “As far as my other life, my non-writing life, I live in the country with my husband, some lizards, and two dogs who are completely spoiled and rule me completely. I like to work in my garden—although I have not yet perfected the art of keeping everything alive—-and, in my weaker moments, shop. I have a bit of an addiction to the Gap clearance rack, to be honest. I have this strange need to buy huge quantities of black pants. How many pairs of black pants does one person need? (Obviously for me, the answer is 11 and counting. But I digress.) What else can I tell you? I love Starbucks mochas but they make me way hyper. I subscribe to too many magazines. I make a mean bean salad. I could go on, but the truth is, my books are much more exciting than I am, and that’s a good thing. It’s always more fun to make stuff up anyway.”








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