A New York Times bestseller
A TIME Magazine Top 10 Children's Book of 2015
"Saint Anything is a poignant, honest story about how we might suffer the misfortune of someone else's bad choices, how people who love us can become family when we desperately need it, and how starting over might - miraculously - mean taking a solid leap forward." —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling novelist of Leaving Time and My Sister’s Keeper
Sydney has always felt invisible. She's grown accustomed to her brother, Peyton, being the focus of the family’s attention and, lately, concern. Peyton is handsome and charismatic, but seems bent on self-destruction. Now, after a drunk-driving accident that crippled a boy, Peyton’s serving some serious jail time, and Sydney is on her own, questioning her place in the family and the world.
Then she meets the Chatham family. Drawn into their warm, chaotic circle, Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance for the first time. There’s effervescent Layla, who constantly falls for the wrong guy, Rosie, who’s had her own fall from grace, and Mrs. Chatham, who even though ailing is the heart of the family. But it’s with older brother Mac—quiet, watchful, and protective—that Sydney finally feels seen, really seen, at last.
Saint Anything is Sarah Dessen’s deepest and most psychologically probing novel yet, telling an engrossing story of a girl discovering friendship, love, and herself.
Sydney Stanford and her family are devastated when her older brother, Peyton, paralyzes a local boy while driving drunk and is sent to jail. Sydney's mother throws herself into supporting Peyton (while seeming to scarcely acknowledge his guilt), and Sydney switches schools, carrying heavy guilt on behalf of the injured boy, David, and trying to escape the damage Peyton has left in his wake. Sydney's parents virtually ignore her as they navigate the complicated prison system on Peyton's behalf, even inviting his older friend Ames into their home, his leering presence making Sydney uneasy. Sydney finds relief with her new friend Layla, Layla's family and friends, and especially her handsome brother, Mac. Dessen (The Moon and More) delves deeper than ever into the complex dynamics of families suffering loss and confronting changes that upend everything. Once again, Dessen demonstrates her tremendous skill in evoking powerful emotions through careful, quiet prose, while delivering a satisfying romance. The author's many devotees are sure to enjoy this weighty addition to her canon. Ages 12 up.
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Forever one of my favorite novels ❤️
Hands down, one of my favorite books I've ever read. I keep comparing each new book I read to this one.
This book was pretty different from others that Dessen has written; yes there is the classic love story of the innocent girl falling in love with the (usually older) boy, but the sense of friendship, family, and shat it truly means to belong, makes this a very powerful and emotional story.
The focus of the book being on Sydney's troubled brother and her relationship with her parents and the rest of the world around her makes this an excellent read. Highly recommended!
Mind numbing my boring
Let me start out by saying Sarah dessen has been one of my top favorite authors for years! But this book was painful to read, nothing ever actually happens that wasn’t completely predictable and the character has no real personality. I would recommend any of her other books especially this lullaby! She’s a wonderful author just please save yourself the time, I tried to finish the book and eventually gave it up