Oct 8, 2015

Saint Anything.

saint anything.

sarah dessen.

Publisher  Viking Juvenile
Publication Date:May5,2015
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance

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. 


SARAH DESSEN DID IT AGAIN! It has been a while since I have read her novels, few years and after reading SAINT ANYTHING I remembered why I love this author. I had fallen in love with Dessen’s writing and stories when I read her for first time back in 2012. I feel like I fallen in love with her writing more after reading SAINT ANYTHING . I Loved all books of hers that I have read so far, but out of all that I have read SAINT ANYTHING was my favorite, though it focused on similar theme, it was unlike her other books and to me it felt inspirational. This novel wasn’t only about love but family, friendships and how one person’s decision can affect everything, how sometimes you find love and family in most unexpected ways. It feels that a message in SAINT ANYTHING can be something that a lot can relate to in some ways. You can’t help but get sucked and fall in love with the story.

I loved everything about this book, the story, the characters, and the message. Of course my favorites were Sydney, Layla and Mac. It’s almost impossible not to love them; you know that there going be important part of story from moment they appear in the book. How can you not love them? They are type of people that you would love to have in your life or already do. Layla reminded me a lot of my best friend. I loved the friendship that her and Sydney formed and I knew that Layla would be a friend for years to come. What other friend would guard the door just because Sydney was freaked out by Ames attitude? Especially one that you just recently met. I loved that about Layla, she was always there without questions asked, that’s how my best friend and I are. I was glad that Sydney was able to find a friend like Layla; she needed a friend like that, especially after what happened with her brother. Layla is type of friend that everyone should have.

MAC: what can I say about him? There was so much that I loved about him, but he was unlike any guys that I read about. What I loved most about their relationship is fact that it took time to develop, to get to that time. It wasn’t rushed like most romance tend to be and that made it more believable. I loved that their relationship wasn’t only what was important to them but they also spent time with their friends as well. I just wished that they haven’t kept their relationship secret from Layla but I guess I can see why Sydney kept it from Layla. You could tell that there was connection between two of them, not right from start but you could tell that Mac was important to her, even if she wouldn’t admit it at first. I was rooting for both of them right from start.

Family & Friendship aspect was my favorite in novel because I believe that those are two most important things. It was heavily based of both. I wasn’t fond of her mother of how she treated her after Peyton went to jail, I understand that she was upset but she acted as if Sydney wasn’t important, all that mattered was Peyton. I don’t think that’s fair to Sydney. I loved how Chathmans accepted her for who she was and treated her like part of family after only knowing her for short period of time. They acted more like her family. If only everyone was like that. SAINT ANYTHING is breathtaking, intriguing novel that I’m still thinking about. Impossible to put down.

I recommend this to all of Dessen fans, and contemporary fiction fans. It deals with real issues and you will find yourself hooked till the end.


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