Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

About

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.

My Thoughts

This book was SO GREAT! I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a good, emotional read. It’s also a good love story!

Sydney is a young girl whose brother, Peyton, is in prison for almost killing a young boy while he (Peyton) was driving drunk. Her parents freak out and now Sydney, who is a good daughter, sister, friend, is the one being put on lock down- which is the way it always happens it seems.

Sydney starts a new school and to procrastinate from going home, she starts to go to the little pizza place across the street. That’s where she meets the Chathams and makes a new best friend, and eventually, a boyfriend.

Sydney is a good, strong female character for this book. She tries desperately to overcome what her brother has done. She also wears the guilt of what he’s done more than anyone else. Her parents are clueless. Her mom is too preoccupied trying to get ‘golden boy’ Peyton out of prison or at least a reduced sentence. Her parents are clueless as to how Sydney feels or what she needs. I really had a BIG problem with her parents. They sort of redeem themselves in the end, but not really. They are selfish and bad parents.

Layla is the best friend that Sydney meets at the pizza place. Her parents own the restaurant and she does the register while her brother does deliveries. She is such a character! A great one! She was probably my favorite character in the book. She was independent, full of life, and knew her own mind. Plus, her obsession with french fries was so hilarious. She would definitely be a great friend to have. Her brother, Mac, is the ‘once upon a time I was fat kid but now I’m hot but don’t know it’ character that Sydney crushes on almost instantly. She and Mac end up together and this tears Sydney and Layla’s relationship apart for a split second because of the deception. Sydney helps Layla get out of a bad relationship also- that guy was totally freaky.

The title ‘Saint Anything’ comes from Sydney’s admiration of Mac’s saint necklace he wears. He gives her one to wear but doesn’t know who the saint is, and so Sydney dubs it her ‘Saint Anything’ necklace.

5 out of 5 stars! Dessen writes magic!

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