Title: Saint Anything
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Penguin Teens (2015)
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.
This is Sarah Dessen's twelfth book and I cannot believe that I have read them all. She is one of those frustrating authors who can produce an amazing book that brings you to your knees and then her next one, while still good, simply does not compare.
Needless to say, I still get excited whenever a new one comes out because it's Sarah Dessen!
So i bought and devoured Saint Anything last weekend and I am please to report it is one of her better ones (see the end of the post for my top 5 books of SD's in order of preference). I was sad that the romance was not actually the main focus of this one, but I did enjoy the plot and characters. The thing is, I normally prefer the romance to take a backseat, but SD is just so damn good at writing it.
As always, it is with her cast of support characters where SD excels. She has created another group of people who are so well-formed that they feel real.
My heart broke for Sydney and her super-controlling mother. I wanted to literally hit that woman in the face sometimes.
Anyway, if you are a fan, you really should pick this up. I highly reccomend it. If you are an SD noob, here is a list of my top 5 of her books:
- The Truth About Forever
- Just Listen
- What Happened to Goodbye
- Lock and Key
- Along For the Ride