Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
“It was unrealistic to expect to be constantly in the happiest place. In real life, you’re lucky just to be always somewhere nearby.”
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 is the queen of young adult literature. I grew up reading her books and she was on those authors who made me discover my passion for reading. Her writing, stories and character defined my adolescence not to mention Just Listen is one of my alltime favorite books (with Owen and Annabelle being my OTP).
Dessen does it again as Saint Anything was an enjoyable and endearing read, I seriously think she is incapable of writing a bad sentence let alone novel. Saint Anything was an enjoyable and endearing read.
This story hit a little too close too home for me as I have experienced a similar life to Sydney in the sense that my family and I also dealt with my older brother’s bad habits and poor friend choices. Because of that I related to Sydney and her story, her fear of letting people know about her family’s secret and her parents attention solely centered on her brother. Dessen did a great job of crafting this story in a realistic manner while also keep it light and still very much within the young adult genre. 4/5 Stars.