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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Release date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Viking Books for Young readers
My rating:4****
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Synopsis:
New York Times bestseller"Saint Anything is a poignant, honest story about how we might suffer the misfortune of someone else's bad choices, how people who love us can become family when we desperately need it, and how starting over might - miraculously - mean taking a solid leap forward." —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling novelist of Leaving Time and My Sister’s Keeper
Sydney has always felt invisible. She's grown accustomed to her brother, Peyton, being the focus of the family’s attention and, lately, concern. Peyton is handsome and charismatic, but seems bent on self-destruction. Now, after a drunk-driving accident that crippled a boy, Peyton’s serving some serious jail time, and Sydney is on her own, questioning her place in the family and the world.

Then she meets the Chatham family. Drawn into their warm, chaotic circle, Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance for the first time. There’s effervescent Layla, who constantly falls for the wrong guy, Rosie, who’s had her own fall from grace, and Mrs. Chatham, who even though ailing is the heart of the family. But it’s with older brother Mac—quiet, watchful, and protective—that Sydney finally feels seen, really seen, at last.

Saint Anything is Sarah Dessen’s deepest and most psychologically probing novel yet, telling an engrossing story of a girl discovering friendship, love, and herself.

My Thoughts:
I'm a huge fan of Sarah Dessen and this book was my favorite of all her books. I loved the characters and all the story lines. Sydney has basically been invisible to her family her whole life. Her brother, Peyton, was the star in the family. When Peyton gets in with the wrong crowd Sydney's world starts to change. Her brother just keeps getting in trouble until one night when he hits a boy on a bike under the influence of alcohol. It was the accident that changed her whole family and made her parents tighten the reins on Sydney. After discovering her family is having financial trouble Sydney volunteers to go to public school instead of her private. After the first day of school at her new school Sydney steps into a pizza place and there she meets people who "see" her. Meeting the Chatham family changes Sydney and she becomes her own person with her own opinions. It's truly Ms. Dessen at her finest.