on May 5, 2015
Also by this author: Lock and Key, Along for the Ride, What Happened to Goodbye
Narrator: Taylor Meskimen
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
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.
Sarah Dessen has never disappointed me. I decided to listen to Saint Anything on audio so I could fit it in faster and I’m so happy I did. I looked forward to listening to it every chance I got. Taylor Meskimen did a fantastic job capturing Sydney.
Saint Anything wasn’t exactly what I was expecting it to be but I loved every second of it. Sydney was a wonderful character. It was so great to see her find her new group of friends and watch her blossom. I really wish she would have spoken up more but everything works out in the end.
I adored Layla! I’m adding her to my favorite best friends list right now. She was so outgoing and kind. She really made everyone around her shine. Mac was also a great character. He was dreamy! The romance didn’t play as big of a roll as I was expecting but that just left more room for Sydney to grow.
The book is also filled with many infuriating characters. Sydney’s mother made me want to scream on more that one occasion. Ames was a utter creep! He made my skin crawl. I wanted Sydney to stand up for herself so bad. I’m happy with how everything worked out in the end. But I do think Sydney could’ve spoken up a bit more.
Saint Anything was a beautiful story about finding your place in the world. Sarah Dessen always writes quiet and gorgeous books. This one is no exception.