Saint Anything, Sarah Dessen
Dessen’s newest novel is her greatest comeback, with a love story that’s as unique and beautiful as the cover of the novel suggests. It’s a tale of finding not only a romantic love, but a familial one, too. Dessen creates a divine telling of the young, the troubled, and the strong.
Book summary reads as:
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 is available for purchase wherever books are sold.
You can also read The Young Folks’ review over this novel here.