Published by Penguin on May 5th 2015
Genres: Young Adult
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A 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.
From the Hardcover edition.
This book is so…… SAD. To be honest, I’ve heard lots of things about Sarah Dessen but I’ve never really read any of her books before. People do give me warnings actually. They be like Make sure you bring lots of tissues with you, you will cry buckets. And I did HAHAHA. But despite the tears, I do love this book a lot. I think that this book relates with me, you see. It wasn’t hard for me to understand Sydney, always in the shadow of her super amazing older brother.
Sydney was a typical teenager. She’s used to being invisible such that being in the spotlight makes her uncomfortable. But what I loved about her was that she was modest. She didn’t know how pretty, how smart she really was. And she was basically just down to earth. And then she met the Chathams-a bunch of hyper, spontaneous family with a lot of love to pass around. I think that was what Sydney needed. She needed people who care for her.
This book was more about family than romance. It showed that even though Sydney had a sort of replacement family with the Chathams, she still needed her true family, no matter what. And there was a character development going on, in which both Sydney and her mother came to terms with each other. They each learned to understand one another.
This book will take you on an emotional high. Each and every paragraph would make you tear up (because I did) and Sarah Dessen knew how to invoke all the emotions to make it into one very very powerful book. The romance in this book was pretty amazing too. I loved that they didn’t immediately jumped into relationship and insta-love. In fact, the romance only started in the middle of the book.
I think that one can learn a whole lot about family while reading this book, because I know I did. This is probably one of the best emotional books I’ve read in a really really long time. You need this book, trust me.