Comment pardonner l'impardonnable ?
Le frère de Sydney, beau et charismatique, domine depuis toujours sa petite famille : Peyton monopolise toute l'attention de leurs parents et se taille la part du lion quel que soit le domaine. Mais quand il atterrit en prison après avoir provoqué un accident grave, la jeune fille, au lieu de retrouver un peu d'air, se sent au contraire d
Despite reading praise after praise about Sarah Dessen, I admit I've avoided her work because her stories just do not sound very compelling. But I finally decided to cast aside my reservations and try this - a great writer can m ...more
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.
Since I know what it’s like to have an older brother who gets into trouble, I connected with Sydney ...more
My first ever Sarah Dessen read and I loved it!
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.
Saint Anything is INCREDIBLY AMAZING!
I've just marked it as a new favorite, because it's hard not to. Sarah Dessen has written something so powerful an ...more
theres just something so effortless about her writing. there is a nice, easy quality when it comes to the prose and the flow of the dialogue is quite natural. i think this is such an asset when it comes to the type of stories she tells, because the simplicity of the writing strips away any distractions and allows the reader to focus on the heart of the story in a very effe ...more
I dedicated the year of our lord 2018 to a little thing called the “Sarah Dessen Reread Extravaganza.” I spent the whole year (by which I mean an absolute fraction of it) rereading Sarah Dessen books and reliving my youth in order to Prepare Myself for her by then newish release, Once and For All.
It, uh. It did not go well.
Which is fair, honestly. I should not expect myself at the ages of 20 and 21 to like the same things I did when I was 13. Because those things included “wearing 18 co ...more
“You really only fall apart in front of people you know can piece you back together.”
This is my first Sarah Dessen book and if the author is a consistent writer, then judging by the way she wrote this novel, I could say that she is one of the most wonderful, wholesome YA writers out there. The narrative is very simple but endearing. It has something in it I can’t explain that makes you feel close to home. It isn’t trying to emotionally overwhelm you. It is simply just telling you ...more
I am beyond excited. This just made my
I have been waiting for this news ever since Sarah published this blog post entitled "Abandoning. And listening." where she said:
I abandoned my book. I’m not a writer right now. 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. I’ll get back to it someday. But for now, I’m foll...more
“There is a weird thing that happens when something goes from a one-time thing to a habit. Like the problem is no longer a temporary houseguest but has actually moved in.”
This story started out good, but then it just bombed.
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! She didn’t even care that he had nearly killed someone, or t ...more
and the side characters had me going
However, the story quickly went downhill for me. I mean, I stopped reading in ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Saint Anything follows the story of Sydney, whose older brother is in prison for drinking and driving that left a boy paralyzed. Sydney finds herself transferring to public school to help her family lessen their expensive bills. This is where she meets the family of the Chathams. They are wild and spontaneous and they introduce Sydney to a world full of ride and self-discovery.
It’s been forever since I’ ...more
I was trying to explain what I loved most about this book to my lovely friend Meg the other day… I knew when I struggled with that, that I was going to struggle with writing my review.
I rambled on about how I have only read a couple of Sarah Dessen’s books… I’d liked them but they weren’t anything that really stuck with me.
This however… this was different.
And I knew it was going to be different from the very first chapter.
Sydney… always admired her charismatic older brother, but as ...more
"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 ...more
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sarah Dessen is one of those authors that I tend to read immediately without even thinking about it. Though her last couple of books haven't been my favourites by her, Saint Anything not only showcases just why I love Dessen's writing, but it also proves that Dessen still has that something that makes her such a favourite.
Saint Anything is incredibly addictive and introduces ...more
I didn't expect this book to be so real and so intriguing, it just surprised me. This is my first Sarah Dessen book and I really enjoyed it and I'm hoping to pick another one of her books really soon. If you read any other books by her and really loved it, ple ...more
I received an ecopy of this book via First to Read in exchange for an honest review.
I've read almost every Sarah Dessen book and this one has to be one of my favorites! It was absolutely beautiful!
Sydney has always felt like she was in her older brother's shadow, but for the past few years her brother has been in and out of holding cells and escorted home by officers. Then her brother drives drunk and hits a teenager on a bi ...more
It took me a while to work up to reading Saint Anything, because of its emotionally heavy content. But it turns out I needn’t have worried, because Sarah Dessen writes beautiful contemporaries. It is an honest and real representation of how the incarceration of a sibling can impact your parents, your friends, yourself and the public perception of everyone around you.
The impact on Sydney’s parents is major, with Sydney’s mum ...more
1- An unusual pace: fast at times and very slow and dragged the other times.
2- An average story: kind of straight forward sans any twists and turns, not really my cup of tea.
3- An average description and minimum feels: for instance, when Dessen describes all friends hanging out together, I didn't get any feels. I wasn't excited when I had to be n ...more
"You had on a shirt with mushrooms on it, and your hair was pulled back. Silver earrings. Pepperoni slice. No lollipop."
I just looked at him, confused. Layla was walking toward us now.
"The first time you came into Seaside," he said. "You weren't invisible, not to me. Just so you know.”
This is probably one of those rare occasions when I think that a book was a bit too long.I liked the characters,especially Layla and Mac and their amazing mother.The main charact ...more