Family, Friendship, Romance & Coming of Age

Summary:

For all her life, Sydney has been in the shadow of her brother Peyton. When Peyton gets arrested after his drunken driving accident injured a boy, Sydney finds herself pushed to the side as everyone obsesses over her brother’s well-being. She feels invisible being the only one grieving for the injured boy. When she moves to a new school,  Sydney gets the fresh start she has been longing for. Things get better for Sydney when she meets the Chathams, a supportive family running a pizza parlor. She befriends Layla and Mac Chatham, both of whom have finally given her the life she’s been hoping for as she tries to find her place in the world.


BTSYA Teen Reader (17):
Saint Anything is a sweet, heartfelt romance. Dessen explores the depth of difficult and complicated relationships, particularly among Sarah’s friends and family. She also does a great job illustrating the damage done by alcohol and drug use. Her characters are well crafted, having their own preferences, unique traits, and quirks, so I applaud Sarah Dessen on her well-made characters. Even so, the novel came off as rather unimaginative and underwhelming. I had trouble feeling anything for the characters in this rather long and boring story.

Younger teens will connect to and appreciate the positive and negative aspects in this cast of relatable characters. The narrative is smooth flowing and well written, with the plot naturally unfolding at a steady pace.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Teens who love romance and coming of age story will enjoy this Sarah Dessen novel.

Content Awareness Factors:

Readers will have to watch out for the mentions of sex, bad language, and minor violence.


Type of Book:
This is a coming-of-age story about a young girl who feels isolated and misunderstood.
Educational Themes:

This is a book for "summer reading."

Reading Level:
4.7
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
13 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age:

Title Saint Anything
Author Sarah Dessen
Publisher Viking Children's Books, a Penguin Random House Company © 2015
ISBN 9780451474704
Material Hard Cover
Cost $11.99
Genres Family, Friendship, Coming Of Age, Romance
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