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.
After a long summer absence, I am back and ready to review! A favorite book of mine that I read over the summer was Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen!
I began reading Saint Anything for the romance aspect (and I am definitely a hopeless romantic). As the story went along, I realized that this book was about so much more. It’s about figuring out who you are outside your family and siblings and pressures. All Sydney wants is to step out of the shadow of her brother. Even more so now that her brother had been arrested for DWI.
To escape his image she transfers out of her private academy into a public school and makes friends with the Chathams. The entire family makes her feel loved and supported when her real family could care less. It was the kind of romance that didn’t have to do with a boy and a girl, rather a romance about a girl finding where she belongs!
The book takes the time for the reader to see the relationships really form and break. Sarah’s writing was beautiful and almost haunting that I can’t wait to read more of her stuff!
I give this book:
XOXO Shelby Grace