For fans of Sarah Dessen's books the wait for Saint Anything has been a lengthly one. It has been three years since Dessns last release The Moon and More but the wait is finally over as this month saw the publication of Saint Anything, the story of sixteen-year-old Sydney Stanford who is living with the guilt og her brothers mistakes after he has been sent to prison following a drink-driving accident. Even with him away Peyton's golden boy demeanour continues to linger as Sydney remains invisible under his shadow. That is until she connects with a new group of friends that simply make her feel seen.
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.
Saint Anything is darker than Dessen's other books but you can feel the soft and loveable core that you will find at the centre of all of her books. I love how open this book is. It opens with a note from Sarah honestly explaining the process leading up to this moment and I feel that raw and emotional theme continues through the story.
Just when I thought that Dessen couldn't top herself she goes and does it again! Saint Anythingholds home to an epic mix of characters, some of which are instantly loveable, others take time to grow on you, but all of which have set up a home in my heart. I always feel at the end of Dessen's books that you are saying goodbye to family you have grown to love, but there was something extra hard yet fullfilling about the goodbye that comes on the last page of this particular novel.
Saint Anything contains come hilarious characters, epic friendships and heart wrnehcing moments, but above all a beautiful and gritty story that will draw you in from the very first page. The three year wait was definitely worth it! And whether this be the start of something amazing or the last of Sarah's books all I known is that I would wait a lifetime of anticipation to read more of her inspiring words.
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