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Saint Anything

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  60,385 ratings  ·  6,541 reviews
A New York Times bestseller

A TIME Magazine Top 10 Children's Book of 2015

"Saint Anything is a poignant, honest story about how we might suffer the misfortune of someone else's bad choices, how people who love us can become family when we desperately need it, and how starting over might - miraculously - mean taking a solid leap forward." —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestse
Hardcover, 417 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Viking
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Erica He was the single most unnerving character to me. The way he acted felt all too real; like a "family friend" that gives you the creeps but bothers no …moreHe was the single most unnerving character to me. The way he acted felt all too real; like a "family friend" that gives you the creeps but bothers no one else so you second-guess your gut instinct. That is utterly terrifying to me, the gaslighting effect such a person can have.(less)
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Emily May
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
2 1/2 stars. Saint Anything is my first Sarah Dessen book, which may have been a mistake, but all I know is that this book is a perfect example of how to write great, natural dialogue, fleshed-out characters and relationships, and never once make me feel a single emotion.

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
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Because it's Sarah Dessen, this is a very pleasant read. 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 ...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
Pearl Angeli
"That’s the thing, though. You always think you want to be noticed. Until you are."

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.


I've just marked it as a new favorite, because it's hard not to. Sarah Dessen has written something so powerful an
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was only my second sarah dessen novel, but i think its safe to say that i am a becoming a fan of her style and stories.

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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
3.5 stars

“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
Era ➴
Jan 05, 2021 rated it liked it
“Saint Anything” was...good.

That’s the only word I have for it. It was good. It wasn’t stunning, wasn’t memorable, wasn’t bad. It was just good. I liked it, but I never really felt in the mood to read it. It was just a book.

This book was sold as “psychologically probing” and “poignant” but it just...wasn’t? There wasn’t a lot of thought-provoking content and I didn’t really think the deeper meaning sold itself. The plot covered a lot of great topics, and the book itself was enjoyable, but it ju
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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." 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
Sarah Elizabeth

“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
Dec 03, 2014 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! ...more
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
Shannon (kitchandpages)
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 ...more
Rachel Maniacup
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer Kyle
3.5 Stars
Stacey (prettybooks)
Saint Anything was the final book on my summer reads TBR (even though I started it in September...) and I'm so glad it ended on a high. 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
Kristina Horner
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Saint Anything is a perfect example of Sarah Dessen’s ability to pen a worthy Young Adult contemporary that’s filled with a great cast and a story that allows for a sense of connection.

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
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood. You can enter to win The Moon and More Paperback.

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’
Jaime Arkin
4.5 stars

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
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I just loved this book so much I feel like my heart is overflowing. I loved how it wasn't a total romance, that it dealt a lot with the consequences of horrible actions and how they effect everyone, it dealt with friendships and guilt and I loved how the theme of being invisible versus being seen kept popping up. That one was really close to home for me. There was just something about the characters and the writing and the general atmosphere of this book that made me fall in love with it. Maybe ...more
Review also appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

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
Mariah Roze
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Dessen was my favorite writer when I was in High School & because of this I've been trying to read all her books and to still never miss one. She has a fantastic way of covering really hard topics and themes for high schoolers. I highly suggest her books.

"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
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Not my favorite Sarah Dessen book but I still liked it. Full review to come.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Before I start this review, I just wanted to say that it's funny how I read Maybe Someday before this and both books have the main character named as Sydney. :) Okay I know it's weird but I HAD to mention this... Okay, on with the review.

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
This is my 2nd Sarah Dessen book and once again I'm left feeling disappointed. Sarah Dessen isn't a bad writer, in fact, I think she writes very nicely and fluidly. I just don't ever care about her characters and I didn't feel one single emotion towards any of them. This book is about a girl named Sydney, who feels "invisible" and should've been completely relatable. Her older brother Peyton goes to jail because he paralyzed a 15 year old boy when he was drunk driving, and this event obviously t ...more
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was pretty much over the moon that I was gonna be reading my 1st Sarah Dessen novel. But my final reaction when I slapped shut this book was:



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
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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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
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
3.5 stars

It started great then all the issues dragged on for too long.
Norah Una Sumner
"Hey. Sydney."
"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
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