Monday, August 10, 2015

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Viking
Pages: 417
My rating: 4 stars
Ages: 14+

Sydney has always been in her older brother's shadow and is even more so now that he's in prison. She thought she was used to being invisible, until she met Layla and Mac. Not only do they see her, but teach her the joys of pizza and the seriousness of french fries. While things are falling apart at home, Sydney turns to Layla and Mac more and more. But even that can fall apart.

After reading this book I finally understand all the comments on Twitter about people craving pizza, DumDums, and fries while reading it. It does make you a little hungry.

I think what I like most about this book is that it's not really the typical "Girl meets boy, they fall in love, something happens, they break, they get back together, happy ending" type of YA novel that we come across so often. Everyone has a back story, everyone has reasons for doing and being who they are. Mac isn't just the handsome guy, Layla isn't just the pixieish best friend, Sydney isn't just the shy girl. They are well developed and interesting. They all have issues, "tender spots," and family drama.

Saint Anything is more the story of accepting yourself, your family, and your friends. To grow as a person, in spite of how all of these people try to influence you in a different ways.

No language and very vague sexual situations.

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