Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Book Synopsis(via Amazon):

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.

Full details: Saint Anything 

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Penguin Young Readers Group for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***

This insomniac's opinion: 

Despite Sarah Dessen's overwhelming popularity and my own voracious reading habit, I have somehow not managed to read anything written by Dessen(until now). I was curious about the hype. 

I immediately felt a kinship with the characters in this novel, a rag tag bunch of quirky teens. I can see why Dessen's writing is so popular with the younger readers- she writes teens that seem real, with real-life problems. There is no talking down to the younger reader is Dessen Land. 

I highly enjoyed the quick read of this novel. It is very simple for an adult reader, but in some ways that was a nice change of pace me. I truly loved all of the characters and the way that Dessen writes with great compassion. I would definitely be open to reading more of her work. 

Worth staying up all night to read?

Hey- great news! This is such a quick read that you only have to stay up HALF of the night! Reading and sleep- Hooray!


3 solid stars

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