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A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin's murder.

Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President D
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Kokila
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Melanie

My best friends got me an ARC of this and I love them more than I have words to express! (Thank you so much, Madalyn, Chelsea, & Jane!)

“It is a shame what is happening in this country. And it is a shame that the Church has been so quiet. That all of us have been so quiet. That the world has been so quiet.”

This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019, and even though I didn’t love it the way that I truly thought I would, I still am going to boost it forever and always because ther
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Jessica
I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher as part of a blog tour. Since I received an ARC, my quotes from the book are tentative.

I just want to preface this review by saying this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. Like the main character of this book, I am half Filipino and half white. Seeing myself represented in literature means the world to me. I also want to say that I’ve never been to the Philippines so I can’t speak to anything in that regard.

Wow. This book
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Nenia ⭐ Literary Garbage Can ⭐ Campbell

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I side-eyed this book a little when it got placed into my hands because on the back, it's compared to THE HATE U GIVE. Given the popularity of THE HATE U GIVE, I can see why publishers and publicists are going to be eager to draw such comparisons, but it feels like a mistake to compare every book about serious issues being faced by people of color to THE HATE U GIVE. THUG was a powerful book; let's not trivialize it with false comparisons.



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Laurie Anderson
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-the-best, ya
Brilliant, honest, and equal parts heart-breaking and soul-healing. I’ll give this astounding book to all the teens and adults in my life. I suspect you will, too. I’d give it 50 stars if I could.
Randy
Sep 19, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hey, here's another one I wrote!
Inah (The Bibliophile Confessions)
Things I need:
1. The cover Randy showed us the cover sketch when we met and I just about cried. Seeing the final covers ignites the spark and fuels the fire of my social awareness.
2. The ARC
3. The Final Copy
4. YOUR SUPPORT

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Reading Patron Saints of Nothing invokes a lot of emotions, especially for someone who’s socially aware of the current political situation in the Philippines. There is pain and grief in Jay’s loss of his cousin, Jun; anger from the fact that this Drug War is expl
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Cheska the Great is Not Okay
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who liked The Astonishing Color of After or Darius the Great is Not Okay
TOTAL READING TIME: 4 hours, 33 minutes.

As I said in my original review, this isn't the first YA book published by a major company I've read that was written by a Filipino author with Filipino lead(s). This is actually the third book--the first one being Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz, and the second one being The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (both of which I recommend).

But this is the first book I've read written by a Filipino author with Filipino leads that is largely set in th
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Olivia-Savannah  Roach
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book swept me in and took me away. I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started this book, but I came out of it emotional, informed and deeply moved. I’m going to tell you why in this review!

I like to consider myself a pretty well-informed person when it comes to news and such. But this book reminded me that it is impossible to know everything and that there is always more to learn. This was the first book I read set in the Philippines, and the first I was hearing of President Duter
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Gemma ♕ Books_McCoy
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✨Brithanie Faith✨
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review! Any quotes used in this review are based on an uncorrected text!


"There are good things I can hold on to and there are other things I have the power to change. My family, myself, this world- all of us are flawed. But flawed doesn't mean hopeless. It doesn't mean forsaken. It doesn't mean lost. We are not doomed to suffer things as they are, silent and alone. We do not have to leave questions and letters and lives una
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Jay is a Filipino-american youth with one semester left of high school when he finds out his cousin in the Philippines has been killed. He convinces his parents to send him back to his aunts and uncles so he can try to figure out what happened.

Before you think this is a white savior narrative (it really isn't), I must say I was impressed by how the author used this story of a somewhat uninformed teenager to tell this story. Like many immigrant narratives, Jay doesn't feel he belongs in America,
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temi ★
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
characters: 4/5
pacing: 4/4
actual substance of the story: 5/5
romance and/or significant friendships: 3.5/5
the writing: 4/4
creatvity: 2/2

22.5/25 | 4.5 STARS

This was a beautiful story. It was fr*ckin’....gorgeous. I don’t have time for a full review but here’s some lists.

why you need to read this book right now (or asap since I’ve got an ARC of this 🤪):

➤ There aren’t too many books written by or about Filipinos/Filipinas. This is the first book I’ve read with a Filipino main character.
➤ I feel h
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Lou
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patron Saints of Nothing is a powerful, all-consuming coming-of-age tale and packs an almighty punch! It has so many layers and is a deeply interesting exploration of some thought-provoking topical issues. With a compulsive fact-meets-fiction narrative Randy Ribay writes with courage, brevity and conviction about a topic, culture and country close to his heart. It explores the heart-rending situation in the Philippines where President Rodrigo Duterte has taken an unusually harsh approach to thos ...more
JM Cabral
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one special book, and I can't wait for the rest of the world to read it too. Full review TK. Blurb:

"As poignant, as it is eye-opening, readers would no doubt have lots to look forward to in Randy Ribay's Patron Saints of Nothing. It features a diverse story about losing the ones you love, grieving over such a loss, and how to move on and get past all that, all while trying to educate it's readers as to how it really is to be a Filipino today. I might not be able to comment on how accurat
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✦ Maica ✦
“..., his death tallied as an improvement to society.”

This was a last minute buddy read with Divine. We honestly said fuck you to War Storm and abandoned that book for this one hahahahah
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Jason has lived his life relatively in bliss. Living the upper middle class life, he never has to think about the serious issues in life. But when he gets wind of his cousin's passing because of Duterte's bloody drug war, his life is turned upside dow
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Lance
“It strikes me that I cannot claim this country’s serene coves and sun-soaked beaches without also claiming its poverty, its problems, its history. To say that any aspect of it is part of me is to say that all of it is part of me.”

“That's not how stories work, is it? They are shifting things that re-form with each new telling, transform with each new teller. Less solid, and more liquid taking the shape of its container.”


3.5 Stars rounded up. Patron Saints if Nothing was one of my most antici
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Simone
I was so excited to read a book with Filipino representation! It feels like I'm always on the hunt for books from marginalized voices and Filipino was one I haven't heard in a while (or at all). And for the first book with Filipino rep, it definitely delivers a fantastic story that's unafraid to be real and reveals some truths about what's happening in The Philippines.

The story starts off with Jay. He's your average American teenager living in the Midwest, playing video games with his buddies on
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Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Ribay delivers more than just an important, eye-opening novel, he also conveys beautiful, moving words and brings thoughtful, unforgettable Filipino characters onto every page.
Rain
This is the book I've been waiting for my whole life. Had some issues with the romance subplot (if you can call it that) but overall, this is a powerful book every Filipino deserves to read.

FULL REVIEW TO COME.
Mitali
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this poignant and gripping novel, Jay, a hyphenated American teen, returns "home" to uncover truth and fight for justice. I was deeply moved by how the story becomes a journey of peacemaking, both in the Philippines and here.
Neil (or bleed)
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patron Saints of Nothing is one of my most-anticipated books this year. And I'm happy that it didn't disappoint. Randy Ribay is brave to use Duterte's drug war in the Philippines as a backdrop on this coming-of-age novel.

He did sort of exposed the ugliness of this war that took a lot of poor Filipinos' lives. It struck me as preachy, the way Ribay's characters comments on this inhumane and anti-poor drug war. Maybe I felt it like that, because what I was reading is the truth. And it hurts me th
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AJ
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fantastic read, and a good way to start off my March!

I was a little hesitant going into this because it follows the story of someone a Fil-Am teen, living in America, travelling to the Philippines to find out the truth about his cousin's death. Stories about people, even those from the diaspora, dealing with politics of a country in the East doesn't always fare well. But I was so pleasantly surprised by how well all of that was handled by Ribay. It's like he knew every single tro
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Divine Anas
"Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story.
I SAW THIS ON BOOK TWITTER AND GAHD AM I STOKED FOR THIS TO COME OUT. THIS IS A NEED THAT I HAFTO SATISFY. SUCH A TIMELY AND
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Lou
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patron Saints of Nothing is a powerful, all-consuming coming-of-age tale and packs an almighty punch! It has so many layers and is a deeply interesting exploration of some thought-provoking topical issues. With a compulsive fact-meets-fiction narrative Randy Ribay writes with courage, brevity and conviction about a topic, culture and country close to his heart. It explores the heart-rending situation in the Philippines where President Rodrigo Duterte has taken an unusually harsh approach to thos ...more
☙ percy ❧
Apr 13, 2019 marked it as tbr-shortlist  ·  review of another edition
*screams in Filipino*

oh look i'm doing that thing again where i get outrageously excited for an upcoming release and set myself up for inevitable disappointment when the book doesn't live up to my astronomical expectations

seriously though i'm so excited for this book it's UNREAL. half-filipino protag? condemnation of duterte? exploration of faith? YES PLEASE

(also people are saying this is a graphic novel but also talking about paragraphs and prose so i am confusion)
Kate
I CANNOT YELL ENOUGH ABOUT HOW EXCELLENT THIS BOOK WAS AND HOW BADLY Y'ALL NEED TO READ IT.

Review to come!
Eunice Moral
A very timely and relevant book. It enscapsulated what Filipinos go through. A perfect book to showcase to the world what has been going on in our society – and a brave book at that.

First off would like to thank JM from BookFreakRevelations Book Worms Unite PH and Penguin Random House for making me a part of the Patron Saints PH Tour! It is an honor to be a part of this!

Upon reading the blurb of this book for the first time, I knew then I had to read it. It is very brave for the author to come
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Bang Bang Books
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5

Pretty good story; characters were good; lots of strong themes; nothing too tropey, but not quite critical enough for me to give it five stars.

Issue #1-Suspended reality: My only issue was that it was difficult for me to believe that parents would send their 17 year old son to a country that was accused of murdering his cousin. He's clearly upset about it and they believe him when he said he wasn't going to get involved-Yeah right! My cow-worker said Asians send their teens to the motherland
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zaheerah
*I received a physical copy via the publisher in return for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.*

I’m not sure where to start because there’s so much to this story. After discovering his cousin, Jun was murdered and fuelled by a mysterious Instagram message, Jay Reguero heads to the Philippines to find out the real story. There, Jay must reconnect with a life he barely remembers and family who refuse to acknowledge what has happened.

Told through a mix of narrations,
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Randy Ribay is the author of the contemporary YA novels PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING (Kokila/Penguin 2019), AFTER THE SHOT DROPS (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018) and AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES (Merit Press/Simon & Schuster, 2015). He's also a high school English teacher, reader, gamer, watcher of great TV, husband, and father of two dog-children. He can probably be found somewhere m ...more
“Sometimes I feel like growing up is slowly peeling back these layers of lies.” 3 likes
“That's not how stories work, is it? They are shifting things that re-form with each new telling, transform with each new teller. Less solid, and more liquid taking the shape of its container.” 3 likes
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