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Read Saint Anything online free from your iPhone, iPad, android, Pc, Mobile. Saint Anything is a Young Adult novel by Sarah Dessen. Discover ideas about Saint Anything. Saint Anything, by Sarah Dessen. I just devoured this new YA. How does Sarah Dessen always do it? Seeing so well into. H SARAH DESSEN G known for his fearlessness more than anything that I was among them. Ames put his arm H Saint Anything G. 3. Inside, the light was.
Enabled Lending: May 5, Territory: Sarah Dessen graduated from the University of North Caro- lina at Chapel Hill with highest honors in creative writing. I really felt that Sarah lost her grasp on the story as it continued, with extra plots falling in that weren't needed and just to make the characters go through more trials. Also, there's a merry go round behind the woods near his house. Readers will enjoy every minute they spend with her.
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Where is the drive to keep turning pages to find out what will happen to Sydney? To Peyton? To Mac and Layla? It's so so tame. Saint Anything needs a good shot of drama, angst, tragedy or something in order to be more than an exercise in good character writing.
Perhaps it will appeal more to readers who genuinely enjoy quiet stories about everyday people. But I just didn't feel much concern for Sydney or Peyton. Maybe it's because I've recently read books about people who are starving, discriminated against, consumed by grief, but I found it hard to be worried what would happen to a pretty, wealthy girl with loving parents and good friends.
The story begins with Sydney's brother - Peyton - being sent to jail for crippling a boy while drunk-driving. Then the camera turns to Sydney, who has to deal with the subsequent horror of overprotective parents and concerned friends. It was honestly quite hard to pity her and I had to roll my eyes when the legal stuff put strain on funds and they had to sell the beach house they never used anyway boo freaking hoo. The most interesting thing about this book in my opinion was the way Sydney was treated by her parents after Peyton's conviction.
I thought it was realistic and unfair that her parents would suddenly put restrictions on Sydney to avoid the same thing happening again. Which, I suppose, is ultimately what this book is about - how someone can get caught up in and be affected by another person's actions.
The romance was sweet, but forgettable. As I already mentioned, Mac was well-developed and fleshed-out, yet lacking any real spark of personality to make their romance one I would remember. Pizza and french fries and yum! View all 62 comments. Sep 18, Wendy Darling rated it liked it Shelves: But it's not what I'd consider one of her standouts, since it doesn't have moments that quietly hit you the way her best books do.
Still, Mac and Sydney are cute together--Sarah writes the most wonderful everyday conversations about nothing and boys who manage to be appealing despite not doing anything particularly dramatic--and the brother-sister storyline ended well, even if it didn't quite have the tension or emotional impact 3. Still, Mac and Sydney are cute together--Sarah writes the most wonderful everyday conversations about nothing and boys who manage to be appealing despite not doing anything particularly dramatic--and the brother-sister storyline ended well, even if it didn't quite have the tension or emotional impact that I think was intended.
Additionally, I don't have beef with fictional parents too often, but the hyper-controlling mom storyline here dragged out way too long. So if you're a die-hard Dessen fan, just know this one's fine to pass the time, but it might not be one of your favorites. And if you're new to Dessen and like quieter contemporary YA that are about friendships and family and ordinary girls growing up with a nice, healthy bit of swoon thrown in , you might want to start with The Truth About Forever or Just Listen.
I fell in love with her after those and after reading everything she's published except for one book that I'm hoarding for a rainy day , and despite my middling feelings on this one, I'll still happily read anything she writes.
An advance copy was provided by the publisher. Food craving warning! This book is gonna make you want to eat piles and piles of pizza and French fries. So be prepared. View all 26 comments. Apr 01, Lola rated it really liked it Shelves: I had my reservations going into this novel, because the title made me think that there was going to be a huge amount of religion, which I prefer to stay away from, but religion is not one of the themes, fortunately for me.
While my brother never actually got sentenced for anything, he did do some, pardon my language, stupid things, just like Peyton did. Except Peyton actually paralyzed a guy, so now he has to do prison time. Peyton has become their sole focus. They barely pay attention to her. I absolutely believe Sarah Dessen has created some unforgettable characters here. Lovely Sydney is, of course, one of them, and so are all the new friends she has made changing schools.
I appreciated the low amount of romance and the high focus on family and friendship relationships. Alright, maybe not, but I just really wanted to use that word, because I never get the chance to. She does write beautifully though, even if not necessarily poetically. Although there are some heavy scenes that definitely stirred something inside me. Go read now.
View all 8 comments. You always think you want to be noticed. Until you are. 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.
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. 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. 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! View all 35 comments. View all 12 comments. Pearl Angeli. The narrative is very simple but endearing. It is simply just telling you 3. It is simply just telling you a lovely story.
There are more than four hundred pages to the book and that's kind of long for a YA contemporary novel but this didn't feel long at all.
I was actually surprised it has already ended. The main character, Sydney, is genuine and relatable. She is what mainly gripped me to the story. I like how she is portrayed as a good girl through and through despite being constantly neglected by her parents. I also took note of the components of the entire story having this really strong connection with one another collectively putting across a unified, very significant meaning. Even the book cover is meaningful. There is the right amount of romance, suspense, and family drama which isn't the overwhelming kind.
Finally, even though the plot was not designed to be intense as it mainly portrays how a young girl has lived in the shadows of her older brother whether what he did was good or bad, it was still a very absorbing read. Thanks to Pearly for the recommendation. Check out her lovely review. View all 48 comments. May 14, emma rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 10 comments.
Aug 28, Madison rated it it was amazing Shelves: Initial reaction: I am beyond excited. This just made my day week year life. I have been waiting for this news ever since Sarah published this blog post entitled "Abandoning. And listening. I abandoned my book. But I am a mom and a wife and a daughter and hopefully a decent person. I am walking down my own mountain as the race, such as it is, continues on above me with great riders in the lead.
One step at a time. So there may not be a book from me right on schedule in summer of And now you know why. Admitting your failures is no picnic.
But this space, this blog, has always been a safe one for me, and I wanted you, my friends and readers, to know why I might not tweet or blog as much for awhile. I need to rest. I think my book was trying to tell me that: Not being dramatic, I felt like my life as a reader was being totally crushed that day. It would be a similar to how one would have felt if you found out that they were not going to make the last Harry Potter movie.
Just anger at the "situation. Just books. But books are wonderful. And these aren't just any books, and Sarah Dessen isn't just any author. So I will wait for Saint Anything in with bated breath, and I will be reading it as soon as it comes out: Reaction after reading the book: I was so worried that I was going to hate this. It's not that I've ever read a bad Sarah Dessen book, it's just that her past two weren't my favorite and I had my concerns.
After reading the first reviews though, I grew more and more optimistic. I decided to just take the plunge and went straight for a hardback copy. Soon I was sucked into the world of Sydney. While not the most interesting of Dessen's leading females, she is one of the most relatable for me personally. There are a lot of similarities between Sydney and Auden from Along for the Ride, who I immediately related to as well.
I appreciated that the main focus of this book was on personal growth. While most of her other books are too, they always share the limelight with romance storylines. Yes, there was a love interest, but it didn't take center stage. Instead there was a lot of inner reflection from Sydney's point of view. Family drama. Sibling issues. Friendship struggles. Pressure in academics. There was also a traumatic event that set everything into motion, one of which I can also sort of relate to not personally, but within my family and community.
I liked how Sydney reacted to everything. It was realistic And in the midst of all that, Sydney reflected on how she never felt "seen. Of course people saw Sydney, but not for who she really was, just what they wanted her to be. It took her new friends to show her that it's okay to love the root beer suckers that everyone else hates But really, do most people not like those? Because they're one of my favorite flavors too! There were several similarities between Saint Anything and Dessen's previous books in terms of plotlines and character development, but was a little darker and more serious.
There were still the telltale signs that it was a Dessen novel; however, it was just To best explain my feelings, I will take a direct excerpt from when Sydney's mom was trying out a new recipe: More steam rose up, followed by another blast as the curry powder hit. She poked at the vegetables with her spoon, folding them over once, then again.
Hesitantly, I did. It didn't smell bad or good. Just new. What a creeper! View all 11 comments. Feb 16, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: Like the problem is no longer a temporary houseguest but has actually moved in.
I felt really sorry for Sydney in this story. Even though it was her brother who was a drug addict and had nearly killed someone, her mother acted like Sydney was the bad guy, and her brother Peyton was a saint!
This book was so promising in the beginning, but it just lost its way, and lost my attention. View all 5 comments. Dec 03, Anna Reads rated it really liked it. I totally read this and was so engrossed I missed my stop on the train and had to wait outside in 7-degree temperatures for 10 minutes for the next one back to my stop and pretty much froze my fingers off but it was worth it. That's all I'm gonna say 'cause it's way too early to do a full-on review!
Sep 17, ambsreads rated it it was ok Shelves: Saint Anything was a book I wasn't expecting a lot from. I've read a Sarah Dessen book before, and honestly, it just wasn't for me.
I didn't fall into it and love the characters or even care about them after the book. So, as I write this review I've decided to lower my star rating to 2. That isn't to say I didn't enjoy this book because I did. I mean, the beginning even had me like and the side characters had me going However, the story quickly went downhill for me.
I mean, I stopped reading in Saint Anything was a book I wasn't expecting a lot from. I mean, I stopped reading in order to do my investigative report on koalas don't ask.
I mean, what does that say? I really felt that Sarah lost her grasp on the story as it continued, with extra plots falling in that weren't needed and just to make the characters go through more trials. This meant that I honestly didn't care about the completely open ending.
I liked Sydney enough to clap for her, but she was boring enough that I have no reaction to it. I personally felt that Sydney had little to no personality. She was constantly doing what others wanted her too and whereas other characters had things they enjoyed doing she did not.
There was also the fact that she was passive as hell. What does this mean? She wouldn't stand up for herself. In any situation. She wouldn't even attempt to stand up for herself. She would try, once, and then stop altogether. Sydney didn't even tell her parents that she felt uncomfortable around her brother's best friend, who made me feel icky.
It may just be because I have a close relationship with my mum but I would have told her instantly if that happened and she would make sure that person was no longer in our lives.
I just hated Sydney's parents, but that's another story completely and I don't want to talk about it in this review. Sydney had a thing about being invisible. I didn't get it, and Sarah didn't really write it too well. I mean, I just couldn't grasp why she was invisible. Because of her brother? I just felt it was an annoying plot line that only came up when Sydney needed reassuring she was pretty or something by Mac.
Just so you know. He was a lot more interesting than Sydney in the way that I could relate to him, I can't relate to people who tend to have a lot of things given to them Sydney. I liked Mac. He was a great character, who was given a personality, unlike Sydney.
However, I did prefer his sister Layla over him. That's a whole other review. Mac was a great character in the fact that he brought light into Sydney's life. But, I found my annoyances. He was so conscious about his weight and what he ate, and everything he ate had to be mentioned which made this book tedious in some sense. I don't care that Mac is eating grapes or celery or crackers with hummus.
What does this add to the plot? I personally thought he had an eating disorder and that would be a problem that rose, but no. He was a fat kid turned skinny.
I can understand wanting to keep the weight off, but why was Sydney mentioning it every time he ate?! Then he ate a packet of chips and she told him not to? No thanks. Despite how ranty I am getting, I did enjoy Mac as a character. His family was great. Also, there's a merry go round behind the woods near his house. Do I want to say, how freaking random is that? The merry go round gets mentioned a total of about four times before it's forgotten.
I honestly expected it to feature a bit more considering the fact it's on the cover. By merry go round I mean something like this, is it called something different if it has horses and all that? Plot The plot, the big one, I didn't mind. This was because the romance wasn't at the forefront of everything. It took a backseat. But, mini plots kept popping up everywhere. Literally, everywhere. They added nothing to the characters and, in fact, kind of ruined them for me.
Writing The writing felt disjointed. We were meant to know that Sydney liked Mac, and I think we got two sentences before they were kissing. That doesn't happen for a while in the book, but still. These characters showed no inkling of liking each other at all.
That was the trend the book followed, random things happening without much explanation, or things moving way too fast to the point I was confused as to where that happened. Overall Overall, this book felt slightly messy to me. Too much happened and not a lot of explanation was given for many things. Everything that could go wrong with these characters did. Now, a gif to round it all up. I forgot to say that.
Aug 19, Rachel Maniacup rated it really liked it Recommended to Rachel by: This is my first of Sarah Dessen novel,and I've heard so many great things from my friends about this author especially from my friend PINKY ,who also pushed me to read this and finished a lot more of Sarah Dessen.
The story is about a 17 year old young lady named Sydney Stanford who came from a wealthy family ,who is anguished with guilt over what his older brother Peyton , did to a young bicyclist boy who he had severely injured in a drunk-driving accident,who is now on wheel chair.
In short,Syd This is my first of Sarah Dessen novel,and I've heard so many great things from my friends about this author especially from my friend PINKY ,who also pushed me to read this and finished a lot more of Sarah Dessen. In short,Sydney is living in her older brother's shadow who is now serving his time in jail.
The story also revolves around a creepy guy,a family friend of the Stanfords who I feared from Sydney's safety. I didn't like how her parents,especially her mom hardly even noticed the creepiness of this guy,and I hated how they ignored and neglected their second child.
My heart really broke for Sydney because her parents' focuse is on her older brother notably now that he ended up in prison. The ending of this novel though,came a bit too easy,I felt like it was rushed that it disappointed me a bit. I despise a story that ends abruptly ,and it was kinda dragging but then,I did enjoy reading this.
What I really liked here is the story about friendship,love,family and finding your self.. View all 27 comments.
I genuinely loved this book. It's always so refreshing to read a true heartfelt contemporary when it's done right. This books took its time, we really developed the characters and then the story just soared. I was a fan of Sydney from the first page. She was a girl that any of us would relate to and her family's story was unique and will touch a lot of hearts. Dealing with family members who are incarcerated is an issue I haven't seen tackled in a lot of YA and I found the story so poignant and I genuinely loved this book.
Dealing with family members who are incarcerated is an issue I haven't seen tackled in a lot of YA and I found the story so poignant and important.
View all 3 comments. Apr 26, Kristina Horner rated it liked it Shelves: It had been a long time since I read a Sarah Dessen novel, but the cover on this one really caught my eye. I know, I know. Judging a book by its cover. But it's so pretty!
I was a bit torn on this book. I enjoyed it, but it was a little slow for me. There were a lot of characters to keep track of, and a lot of various different plotlines that I didn't feel added up to a whole. High school can be a tumultuous time even without your brother landing himself in prison, but I often felt like I wasn't It had been a long time since I read a Sarah Dessen novel, but the cover on this one really caught my eye.
High school can be a tumultuous time even without your brother landing himself in prison, but I often felt like I wasn't sure which plotline to care about the most. Sydney's relationship with her parents? With her old friends from her previous school? Her diminishing relationship with her brother? Her new relationship with the Chathams? The Chatham mom being sick? Layla's shitty boyfriend?
The blink-and-you-miss-it issues with Eric's momentary crush on her? The Mariposa girl whose purpose only seemed to be pushing Sydney and Mac closer together? The fact that Ames was so creepy all the time, and Sydney never once tried to tell her parents?
Rosi's issues? There was so much. I really did like the discussion of guilt and loneliness in this book, and thought both were executed quite well, but sometimes it just felt like there were too many plot lines to really focus on any one with significance. It felt like it was trying too hard to hit all the bases, when that just detracted from doing any of them justice.
Especially the whole symbolic saint thing. I actually really did like the concept of "Saint Anything", but Mac's necklace and the resulting yearning Syndey felt for wanting her own saint unfortunately felt very shoehorned in. I also wish the carousel had been in more than one scene, because it was cool, and that cover made me want to read this book in the first place Also I was constantly hungry while reading this book, and craved nothing but pizza and french fries for the duration of my reading of it.
I think it lost a star simply for that. P Anyway, I appreciated the important topics discussed in this book, but I wish she'd picked a couple and focused on them more. I think the Ames storyline could have used its own book. Same with Layla's boyfriend, and Sydney's obsession with David Ibarra. I just wanted more. A novel about 'family, self-discovery and change', Saint Anything was a spectacular end to the summer. Sydney feels invisible compared to her accomplished older brother Peyton, even when his rebellious behaviour ends in a tragic accident that leaves a boy in a wheelchair and Peyton with a prison sentence.
Left feeling angry and guilty, Sydney can't understand why Saint Anything was the final book on my summer reads TBR even though I started it in September Left feeling angry and guilty, Sydney can't understand why her parents only care about Peyton's well-being. To get away from being known only as his sister, Sydney starts a new school and stumbles into the chaotic life of the Chatham family. She becomes close friends with siblings Layla and Mac, who work in the family pizza place.
As she spends more time with them, Sydney finally begins to explore who she is. Saint Anything may be sold as a contemporary romance story — the slow-building romance between Sydney and Mac is wonderful — but I adored watching Sydney discover who she is outside of her brother's shadow.
Sydney constantly struggles with what Peyton has done. She is compassionate, thoughtful and feels guilty on behalf of her brother; she bears the weight of the world on her shoulders. Sydney wants to put everything right, but feels powerless to do so. Enter, the Chatham family. The Chathams are the sort of family we all wish we knew.
Even though they barely know Sydney, they accept her straight away into their close-knit circle. It's here that Sydney finds support and discovers that even though the family has their own problems — from older sister Rosie's drug conviction to their mother's daily struggles with multiple sclerosis — they keep on going, and they'll happily take Sydney with them. It wasn't until I finished the book and was persuading Debbie to read it that we noticed how similar it was to My Life Next Door , another summer read that I adored this year.
But even though the stories may echo each other, they're both full of unique, colourful characters and have a very different feel to them.
I adored both, and they're up there with my favourite young adult contemporary stories. Perfect for all seasons, Saint Anything is a brilliant story about one girl's determination to be herself. Thank you to the publisher for providing this book for review! I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books. View 1 comment. Oct 26, Arlene rated it really liked it Shelves: In this novel, we meet Sydney who has always been overshadowed by her bigger-than-life older brother Peyton.
Having the spotlight on him was the norm to her existence and that included her parents doting constant attention on him despite his transgressions. So when Peyton is charged with a drunk driving conviction that leaves a fifteen year old boy paralyzed, Sydney finds herself lost and not quite sure how to adjust to the new family dynamics.
She ultimately makes a drastic decision to switch from her small private school to Jackson High School to alleviate some financial pressure on her parents, and this is where she meets the Chatham family.
She places more of an emphasis on friendships, family dynamics and character self-development, which was clearly evident in this book. The light romance between Mac and Sydney was fun to witness because it was so subtle, yet meaningful.
I enjoyed their scenes together, but most of all I appreciated what they came to mean to each other. The saint charm he gave her was a nice gesture because I know how much something like that means to those that believe in protectors. Very heartwarming. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. View all 4 comments. Sep 03, Thomas rated it liked it Shelves: Saint Anything marks my first less-than-four-stars Sarah Dessen read, and I feel sad about that.
While the novel offers Dessen's signature soothing detail and trademark spot-on voice, it lacks the emotional pull of her previous works, in particular when compared to stellar reads like The Truth About Forever and Just Listen. Sydney has always felt invisible next to her older brother Peyton.
Attractive and charismatic, Peyton has it all, until a series of missteps leads him to a drunk-driving accid Saint Anything marks my first less-than-four-stars Sarah Dessen read, and I feel sad about that.
Attractive and charismatic, Peyton has it all, until a series of missteps leads him to a drunk-driving accident that leaves a boy crippled. With Peyton behind bars, Sydney's parents hound him with their attention, and in her loneliness, Sydney turns to the Chatham family, an open and energizing group who own a pizza parlor. She befriends Layla, a girl her age with a lot of boy trouble, Rosie, Layla's older sister with secrets of her own, and Mac, a soft-spoken guy who helps Sydney speak up for herself.
Reading Sarah Dessen always feels refreshing. Even though her stories always focus on middle to upper-middle class white female-identifying individuals, she brings such consistent detail and comfortable dialogue that Sydney and her situation come across as realistic and grounded. Dessen has a knack for writing about day to day life - even when her characters have conversations with so little substance, she manages to entertain and enthrall, in a quiet and nostalgic way.
However, I wanted more intensity from Saint Anything. The interpersonal dynamic within Sydney's family and Sydney's relationships with the Chathams could have packed more punch.
Dessen could have delved deeper into the gritty emotional details from page one: Sydney's mother and the turmoil she feels, the strain that Ames put onto the family, and the overall emotional toll that both Peyton's presence and absence exerted onto Sydney and her parents.
I felt as if Dessen skirted around the core pieces of the story in favor of small talk and pretty prose, only to wrap everything up within the last 50 pages. Expanding Sydney's voice and her growth across the entirety of the book could have made her and the other characters more real, grabbing, and meaningful. Overall, a solid novel about a young woman who starts to find her place after feeling invisible for a long time.