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Saint Anything 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 behavio

  • Title: Saint Anything
  • Author: Sarah Dessen
  • ISBN: 9780451474704
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Saint Anything By Sarah Dessen, 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 elsePeyton, 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.The uber popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.

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    1. 2 1 2 stars Saint Anything is my first Sarah Dessen book, which may have been a mistake, but all I know is that this book is a perfect example of how to write great, natural dialogue, fleshed out characters and relationships, and never once make me feel a single emotion.Despite reading praise after praise about Sarah Dessen, I admit I ve avoided her work because her stories just do not sound very compelling But I finally decided to cast aside my reservations and try this a great writer can make [...]

    2. 3.5 stars Because it s Sarah Dessen, this is a very pleasant read But it s not what I d consider one of her standouts, since it doesn t have moments that quietly hit you the way her best books do Still, Mac and Sydney are cute together Sarah writes the most wonderful everyday conversations about nothing and boys who manage to be appealing despite not doing anything particularly dramatic and the brother sister storyline ended well, even if it didn t quite have the tension or emotional impact that [...]

    3. It s been close to five years since I last read a Sarah Dessen book In my defence, she doesn t publish them every year, but I guess I just forgot how enjoyable they truly are I had my reservations going into this novel, because the title made me think that there was going to be a huge amount of religion, which I prefer to stay away from, but religion is not one of the themes, fortunately for me Since I know what it s like to have an older brother who gets into trouble, I connected with Sydney t [...]

    4. That s the thing, though You always think you want to be noticed Until you are My first ever Sarah Dessen read and I loved it It s kind of difficult to explain how I feel about this book by just using words I don t even think I can give justice to this book through this review, because until now I m still in a state of an emotional high.Saint Anything is INCREDIBLY AMAZING I ve just marked it as a new favorite, because it s hard not to Sarah Dessen has written something so powerful and heartfelt [...]

    5. 3.5 stars You really only fall apart in front of people you know can piece you back together This is my first Sarah Dessen book and if the author is a consistent writer, then judging by the way she wrote this novel, I could say that she is one of the most wonderful, wholesome YA writers out there The narrative is very simple but endearing It has something in it I can t explain that makes you feel close to home It isn t trying to emotionally overwhelm you It is simply just telling you a lovely st [...]

    6. Initial reaction WHAT I am beyond excited This just made my day week year life.I have been waiting for this news ever since Sarah published this blog post entitled Abandoning And listening where she said I abandoned my book I m not a writer right now But I am a mom and a wife and a daughter and hopefully a decent person I am walking down my own mountain as the race, such as it is, continues on above me with great riders in the lead I ll get back to it someday But for now, I m following my own pa [...]

    7. There is a weird thing that happens when something goes from a one time thing to a habit Like the problem is no longer a temporary houseguest but has actually moved in This story started out good, but then it just bombed.I felt really sorry for Sydney in this story Even though it was her brother who was a drug addict and had nearly killed someone, her mother acted like Sydney was the bad guy, and her brother Peyton was a saint She didn t even care that he had nearly killed someone, or that he wa [...]

    8. I have made my way through almost all of Sarah Dessen s books during my reading career Therefore, I think I can safely say Saint Anything is one of my all time favorites Having read these, I have come to the conclusion that Sarah Dessen seems to have an almost formulaic way of writing books girl has a bit of a family problem, girl is lost, girl finds boy, girl befriends boy, girl falls for boy, etc etc The fact that Saint Anything had a bit depth than that is what really stood out in my opinion [...]

    9. I totally read this and was so engrossed I missed my stop on the train and had to wait outside in 7 degree temperatures for 10 minutes for the next one back to my stop and pretty much froze my fingers off but it was worth it That s all I m gonna say cause it s way too early to do a full on review

    10. Saint Anything was a book I wasn t expecting a lot from I ve read a Sarah Dessen book before, and honestly, it just wasn t for me I didn t fall into it and love the characters or even care about them after the book So, as I write this review I ve decided to lower my star rating to 2 That isn t to say I didn t enjoy this book because I did I mean, the beginning even had me like and the side characters had me going However, the story quickly went downhill for me I mean, I stopped reading in order [...]

    11. The moment you see Saint Anything on Netgalley The moment you see it s for US only I suppose I ll just have to wait like all mere mortalsIS IS NOT FAIR throws tantrum

    12. This is my first of Sarah Dessen novel,and I ve heard so many great things from my friends about this author especially from my friend PINKY ,who also pushed me to read this and finished a lot of Sarah Dessen.The story is about a 17 year old young lady named Sydney Stanford who came from a wealthy family ,who is anguished with guilt over what his older brother Peyton ,did to a young bicyclist boy who he had severely injured in a drunk driving accident,who is now on wheel chair In short,Sydney i [...]

    13. I genuinely loved this book It s always so refreshing to read a true heartfelt contemporary when it s done right This books took its time, we really developed the characters and then the story just soared I was a fan of Sydney from the first page She was a girl that any of us would relate to and her family s story was unique and will touch a lot of hearts Dealing with family members who are incarcerated is an issue I haven t seen tackled in a lot of YA and I found the story so poignant and impor [...]

    14. Saint Anything is a perfect example of Sarah Dessen s ability to pen a worthy Young Adult contemporary that s filled with a great cast and a story that allows for a sense of connection.In this novel, we meet Sydney who has always been overshadowed by her bigger than life older brother Peyton Having the spotlight on him was the norm to her existence and that included her parents doting constant attention on him despite his transgressions So when Peyton is charged with a drunk driving conviction t [...]

    15. Saint Anything was the final book on my summer reads TBR even though I started it in September and I m so glad it ended on a high A novel about family, self discovery and change , Saint Anything was a spectacular end to the summer.Sydney feels invisible compared to her accomplished older brother Peyton, even when his rebellious behaviour ends in a tragic accident that leaves a boy in a wheelchair and Peyton with a prison sentence Left feeling angry and guilty, Sydney can t understand why her par [...]

    16. It had been a long time since I read a Sarah Dessen novel, but the cover on this one really caught my eye I know, I know Judging a book by its cover But it s so pretty I was a bit torn on this book I enjoyed it, but it was a little slow for me There were a lot of characters to keep track of, and a lot of various different plotlines that I didn t feel added up to a whole High school can be a tumultuous time even without your brother landing himself in prison, but I often felt like I wasn t sure w [...]

    17. Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood You can enter to win The Moon and More Paperback.Saint Anything follows the story of Sydney, whose older brother is in prison for drinking and driving that left a boy paralyzed Sydney finds herself transferring to public school to help her family lessen their expensive bills This is where she meets the family of the Chathams They are wild and spontaneous and they introduce Sydney to a world full of ride and self discovery.It s been forever since I ve r [...]

    18. Saint Anything marks my first less than four stars Sarah Dessen read, and I feel sad about that While the novel offers Dessen s signature soothing detail and trademark spot on voice, it lacks the emotional pull of her previous works, in particular when compared to stellar reads like The Truth About Forever and Just Listen.Sydney has always felt invisible next to her older brother Peyton Attractive and charismatic, Peyton has it all, until a series of missteps leads him to a drunk driving acciden [...]

    19. Review also appeared on my blog Book Addict 24 7 I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review Sarah Dessen is one of those authors that I tend to read immediately without even thinking about it Though her last couple of books haven t been my favourites by her, Saint Anything not only showcases just why I love Dessen s writing, but it also proves that Dessen still has that something that makes her such a favourite Saint Anything is incredibly addictive and introduces mome [...]

    20. 4.5 stars I was trying to explain what I loved most about this book to my lovely friend Meg the other day I knew when I struggled with that, that I was going to struggle with writing my review.I rambled on about how I have only read a couple of Sarah Dessen s books I d liked them but they weren t anything that really stuck with me This however this was different And I knew it was going to be different from the very first chapter Sydney always admired her charismatic older brother, but as they go [...]

    21. This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic NerdI received an ecopy of this book via First to Read in exchange for an honest review THOUGHTSI ve read almost every Sarah Dessen book and this one has to be one of my favorites It was absolutely beautiful Sydney has always felt like she was in her older brother s shadow, but for the past few years her brother has been in and out of holding cells and escorted home by officers Then her brother drives drunk and hits a teenager on a bike, paral [...]

    22. Before I start this review, I just wanted to say that it s funny how I read Maybe Someday before this and both books have the main character named as Sydney Okay I know it s weird but I HAD to mention this Okay, on with the review I didn t expect this book to be so real and so intriguing, it just surprised me This is my first Sarah Dessen book and I really enjoyed it and I m hoping to pick another one of her books really soon If you read any other books by her and really loved it, please recomme [...]

    23. I just loved this book so much I feel like my heart is overflowing I loved how it wasn t a total romance, that it dealt a lot with the consequences of horrible actions and how they effect everyone, it dealt with friendships and guilt and I loved how the theme of being invisible versus being seen kept popping up That one was really close to home for me There was just something about the characters and the writing and the general atmosphere of this book that made me fall in love with it Maybe it w [...]

    24. This review appears on Happy Indulgence Check it out for reviews It took me a while to work up to reading Saint Anything, because of its emotionally heavy content But it turns out I needn t have worried, because Sarah Dessen writes beautiful contemporaries It is an honest and real representation of how the incarceration of a sibling can impact your parents, your friends, yourself and the public perception of everyone around you.The impact on Sydney s parents is major, with Sydney s mum in denia [...]

    25. Hey Sydney Yeah You had on a shirt with mushrooms on it, and your hair was pulled back Silver earrings Pepperoni slice No lollipop I just looked at him, confused Layla was walking toward us now The first time you came into Seaside, he said You weren t invisible, not to me Just so you know This is probably one of those rare occasions when I think that a book was a bit too long.I liked the characters,especially Layla and Mac and their amazing mother.The main character is pretty great and I really [...]

    26. 3.5 starsSaint Anything was my first Sarah Dessen book and although I did like it, I wished I had picked another book of hers as my first experience It wasn t bad, honestly I liked the plot, which was about a second child being reprimanded and restricted for the decisions and acts of the first one Normally, I sort of enjoy this kind of everyday tales of life Especially if the case is something that feels familiar and I can relate to That s mostly one of the reasons Saint Anything was a good book [...]

    27. I was pretty much over the moon that I was gonna be reading my 1st Sarah Dessen novel But my final reaction when I slapped shut this book was Because 1 An unusual pace fast at times and very slow and dragged the other times.2 An average story kind of straight forward sans any twists and turns, not really my cup of tea.3 An average description and minimum feels for instance, when Dessen describes all friends hanging out together, I didn t get any feels I wasn t excited when I had to be neither wa [...]

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