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From School Library Journal
Praise for Saint Anything:
-A New York Times bestseller
-Kids' Indie Next List Pick (Summer 2015)
- A TIME's Top 10 YA Book of the Year
"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. Is there anyone who can write about what matters most to teens as well as Dessen can? I sincerely doubt it." —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling novelist of Leaving Time and My Sister’s Keeper
"A quiet marvel" —LA Times
"The novel’s strengths — how it unpacks the perplexities of guilt, friendships, and family dynamics — are what readers will remember." —Boston Globe
* "Dessen 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." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Taut, tightly structured with well-rounded characters, this novel is sure to please Dessen’s many fans and attract new ones." —School Library Journal
"A rich emotional landscape . . . A many-layered story told with a light touch." —Kirkus
"Another incisive and sensitive character-driven story sure to please her many, many fans." —Booklist
"Sarah Dessen is the patron saint of realistic romance. . . we think Saint Anything might be one of her best ever." —Justine Magazine
"In Saint Anything, Dessen gives readers a sensitive and touching look at how loss can affect a family and the importance of finding those who support you, no matter what." —Bookish
"Saint Anything may seem like a quiet read at first, but remember what is said about still waters. What begins as a somber story, carefully narrated by a polite young woman, builds to a gripping and unexpected climax and a satisfying conclusion." —NY Journal of Books
"Clearly any new release from the queen of YA romance is going to be huge. But Saint Anything is exciting in its own right, focusing on the complicated bonds of family, particularly in the wake of tragedy and misfortune." —Bustle
"A heartfelt, appealing story." —RT Book Reviews
"We love anything Sarah Dessen pens. . . [Saint Anything] explores how sometimes starting over is the best way to move forward." —Glitter Magazine
"Dessen is a superstar of young adult literature, and Saint Anything (about finding friendship and finding yourself) has delighted (and added to) her legions of fans." —News & Observer
"Dessen’s characters are so vividly created—their actions and emotions so genuinely authentic—that it almost seems that Dessen has a psychological advantage in understanding our human condition." —Heroes & Heartbreakers
Praise for Sarah Dessen:
"Sarah Dessen is something of a rock star in young adult fiction. Her bestselling coming-of-age novels are warmly written explorations of teens in transition that are, by turns, questioning, humorous and hopeful." —Los Angeles Times
"Dessen is as skilled as ever at turning out steady, satisfying stories about teens that are easy to fall for." —Publishers Weekly, starred review for The Moon and More
"Readers can count of Dessen; she's a pro at creating characters caught at a nexus of change, who have broken relationships and who need to make decisions. . . Readers will enjoy every minute they spend with her." —Kirkus Reviews on What Happened to Goodbye
"Realistic teen dialogue, authentic girl friendships, and a complex underlying question: Can people really change?" —Kirkus Reviews on Along for the Ride
"Good story, real characters, happy ending. . . another must-read." —VOYA on Lock and Key
"The romance which forms the core of the story is everything a romance should be." —Horn Book on Just Listen
- File Size : 1762 KB
- Publication Date : May 5, 2015
- Publisher : Viking Books for Young Readers (May 5, 2015)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 430 pages
- ASIN : B00OZ0TNUO
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #314,207 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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I appreciated the fact that the book wasn't driven solely by the love story. Yes, the romance plays a part, but if you take out the romantic lead, I feel like Sydney could still end up where she does in the end. In this sense, I felt that the importance of friendship was highlighted more than romance, which is a breath of relief in YA.
Something that did get on my nerves was the repetitiveness of description. If Dessen had cut out half of the descriptions of Mac's pendant and Layla's fry eating, she would have saved herself a few extra pages of printing. There were also some superfluous scenes, like the party at Jen's and delivering pizzas with Layla, which could have been cut in the editing process and summed up in two or three sentences. (Speaking of which, what was the deal with Jen and Meredith? We get a whole backstory on them, but they are never really part of the plot.) I also felt that the ending came a bit too easy in light of the complexity of relationships and emotions.
Overall though, it's a good summer read and made me nostalgic for some Dessen classics.
I mentioned the drama present in her books earlier…but I think I should go further and say that it’s a subtle drama. I think that’s one of the things I like the most about Sarah Dessen books. They’re real life. Each of them has situations that could happen to any of us. There aren’t really huge dramatic events in the books. It’s more just everyday life. In fact, in Saint Anything, the real drama happens before the first page. It focuses instead on how people react to hard situations and how people grow from them. To some, that may not be exciting, but I love to see her characters grow.
Moving on, I LOVE her characters. If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you’d know how important well-rounded characters are to me. And Sarah Dessen builds these verrrry relatable characters and I just want to be their best friends. All of them. The main character in this novel, Sydney, is very relatable because she’s more of the stand-back-and-observe type of person that I think a lot of us are, including myself. We take everything in, we have opinions, we just don’t always proclaim those to the world. But when we find a group of people and become close to them, that barrier falls. Here’s a quote I noted from the book: “You only really fall apart in front of the people you know can piece you back together.” It’s so true. In this story, Sydney finds that group of people and I just want to hug her and help her pick up those pieces, too.
Another thing I loved about this book is the subtle romance. I read a review on Goodreads where a person was just completely taken off guard when the romance finally took off…but I think they didn’t see it coming because Dessen gave very subtle but realistic hints toward what was going to happen. Like instead of the main character having a massive inner dialogue about her feelings toward this boy, or instead of her having a heart-to-heart and spilling her guts to her best friend or something, there’s a blush here and a lingering look there eventually lead beautifully into the famous romances that Dessen is known for. I loved those subtle moments and maybe that’s because I think the romantic tension between people when they both start to like each other but haven’t talked about IS THE BEST (This is why season 3 of Parks & Rec will always be my favorite). But, hey, that’s just me and I can see why some people would think that this is slow and just not like it.
Overall, if you’ve liked Sarah Dessen’s other books, you’ll love this one. The Truth About Forever was my favorite of her’s but I think Saint Anything is now a major contender for that title. If you’re not a Sarah Dessen fan, this may not be for you because it’s very much the same style as her other books. AND if you’ve never read any Sarah Dessen (*gaaasp*), try it. See if you like it. And then let me know!
As previously stated, I am a huge fan of Sarah and always make a habit of picking up her newest book. However, I am not blind to her recycled plots. I have to say, Saint Anything was a refreshing change.
We usually see a lost teen girl in search of herself who falls for an equally lost yet put together guy. In the process of learning to let this guy in, she finds herself but for some reason or another, she gets scared and runs. Let's not forget the ending where everything comes together, though.
Saint Anything did have some of those elements but instead of being self destructive toward the end like most of Sarah's leading ladies, Sydney pulls herself together. Not only that but this book was a lot more relatable than some of her previous books. Being around the same age as Sydney myself, I can honestly relate to her and her struggles with her parents. Believe it or not, not every teenage girl is obsessed with boys and drama.
This book had the perfect balance of romance and conflict without being too angsty and stressful and is perfect for a laid back Sunday afternoon. If you're looking for a book with romance, friendship and a sense of family, this book is definitely for you.
Top reviews from other countries
Just when I thought that Dessen couldn't top herself she goes and does it again! Saint Anything holds 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 fulfilling about the goodbye that comes on the last page of this particular novel.
Saint Anything contains come hilarious characters, epic friendships and heart wrenching 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.