Book Review: Saint Anything


23009402     Author: Sarah Dessen

     Page Count: 448

     Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance

     Format: Paperback

     ISBN: 0141361735

Goodreads Synopsis

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.

My Thoughts

I've never read a Sarah Dessen book, it's crazy. This YA book is known to be darker than Dessen's other books as it deals with deeper problems and situations. When this novel of hers got released and everyone was talking about it, I had to check it out. I got drawn in by the synopsis and purchased this during my birthday book haul.

I definitely loved her writing style. It's so simple and to the point. She created such great characters that never once bothered me (except for Ames, he is meant to be annoying though). I immediately felt something for the main character, Sydney. She never came out as a bothersome character to me. She is overshadowed by her brother and his problems. Her parents, especially her mother, are in denial about the reality of Peyton's situation and really don't realise it. Sydney desperately needs to talk about what happened and feels guilty, in a sense, about the boy that Peyton hit with his car. I love how Dessen explored topics such as drunk driving and beyond. These are things that need to be talked about more in YA books. This is also one of the only books I've ever read where the parents basically did not disappear (I hate when that happens, it's so unrealistic). They were a major part of this novel and they were strict as well. It drove me insane towards the end but that's the best part of it. It's authentic, unlike in other books where either the parents disappear or let the characters run around doing whatever they want to. Another factor I loved was the slow romance. The love between Sydney and Layla's brother, Mac was slow and just fit the story perfectly.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and Sarah Dessen did not disappoint me. Saint Anything is not a light and fluffy read, but it makes you think and feel many things. It had enough light in it that prevented it from becoming an overly depressing read.

My Rating


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  1. Personally I didn't enjoy this book as much as I expected too. I loved the idea of a more serious and less fluffy read, but I found the book to be pretty confusing and I couldn't really relate to the characters. It's great that you enjoyed it though!

    Emily @ Paperback Princess

  2. i tried reading this a few months back but like Emily above, I was rather confused :/ glad you loved it though :)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  3. Sounds like a great book, I've never heard of the author before but will definitely check her out x

    Beauty with charm

  4. Winter time means time for some cool books! This one sounds interesting! :)

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  5. Sarah Dessen is one of my favourite authors, but I didn't like this book as much as her other books. So, if you liked this book you will love her other books even more!