Saint Anything - Sarah Dessen | Book Review

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Pages: 316 Paperback
Publication date: January 6th, 2015
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
How I got the copy: Bought
Rating:  4/5
Series: N/A


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.


Saint Anything is not a love story, it's a story about family, friends and a little bit of a love story. When I picked this up I didn't know this and I would have loved too. So, I was a little bit let down but that was my own fault in not looking into it. But at the same time the summary does mention the boy as a main focus, which I would have put his sister as Sydney's bestfriend instead or Mac as the love interest.

Saint Anything is about Sydney who decides to switch school because of her parents' money issues, where she meets Leyla and Mac at a local Pizza Parlor which is owned by their parents. As an outcast at her new school Sydney starts to stop by the Pizza Parlor more often until Leyla introduces herself and a friendship grows from there.

Obviously Sydney falls for the boy and it creates problems with her new found friendship with Leyla but this book also touches upon Sydney's family problems with her brother and the aftermath of his most recent mishap. 

Sarah Dessen strays away from her usual contemporary love story to a contemporary that deals with a heavier subject and with less of a love interest storyline. I really enjoyed it but I would have loved to know this from the beginning because I was really in the mood of a Dessen love story!

Although, I wanted more. I wanted to know more about all the subtopics within the story, since there were so many within this book but I really enjoy Sarah Dessen's contemporary stories and I will continue to read them. Till this day I've read each and every one of Sarah Dessen's released books and I will continue too.

I recommend this to Dessen fans and to anybody who loves YA contemporary! 


Thanks for reading, 
Alexa Talks Books

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