Summer is a great time to relax with an enjoyable novel, which is what Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen is.
Like most of Sarah Dessen’s novels, Saint Anything tells the story from a viewpoint of a young girl who is going adolescence. We meet Sydney Stanford, who is at a crossroads because her parents focus all of their attention on her trouble-maker brother Peyton. He has always been the star of the family, and lately, concern, after his wreckless behavior leads to a drunk driving accident that resulted in a jail sentence. Since everyone is worried about Peyton, Sydney is wondering if she’s the the only one who feels guilty about the victim, who was left paralyzed.
Sydney eventually feels she needs a change, so she decides to switch schools and meets the Chathams. They are a kind family who accept her for who she is.
The novel is different from a lot of Sarah Dessen’s other books because the book explores complex relationship dynamics. One of the most interesting things about the book is watching Sydney’s mother struggle with loving her son and the need to take care of him while he is in prison. Another interesting aspect is Sydney’s friendship with Layla. They easily become friends because Layla’s family is going through a similar situation.
Saint Anything is a fun, interesting read, despite some of the dark subject matter.