Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Saint Anything

Saint Anything
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Penguin
Publication: May 5, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
My Rating:


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.

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.


Saint Anything

“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.


I’ve just marked it as a new favorite, because it’s hard not to.Sarah Dessen has written something so powerful and heartfelt and a dozen other expressive adjectives that can’t even begin to adequately describe how great this book is.

Saint Anything isn’t a total romance and a common story you often encounter in a Young Adult contemporary book. It’s deeper and a lot more emotional. It basically talks about family relationships, personal growth, tragedy/recovery, true friendship, and love.

What made me admire this book was the writing style. Sarah Dessen has this eloquent, beautiful way with words that flow with enough sensitivity and understanding. All throughout the book, I felt the calming, comforting feels which is a rare thing that happens to me when reading a book.

Everything in Saint Anything is captivating. It showcases real life— the ups and downs, struggles, and joy we feel. It also has a well-plotted ending– which I couldn’t imagine being any more perfect. I have to admit that after experiencing this emotional journey, I had sad and happy tears. This book will stay with me for a very long time!

Rating: 5 Stars



3 thoughts on “Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

  1. I read one of her books, What Happened to Goodbye and I didn’t really like it. It was pretty cliche. Hoping this one isnt! But based on your review, it seems like such a great read. I should definitely give her another chance and read this book! 🙂


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