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Patron Saints of Nothing

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: June 27th 2019 by Stripes Publishing (first published June 18th 2019)
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    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
    Nenia ☠️ Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Protector of Out of Print Gems, Mother of Smut, and Actual 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.

    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.
    Sep 19, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
    Hey, here's another one I wrote!
    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
    ✨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
    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

    Read as SR.
    Cheska the Great is Not Okay
    Just pre-ordered this book!! I can't wait until I get my sweaty palms on it.


    This wouldn’t be the first YA book I’d be reading by a Filipino author with Filipino leads, but it WILL be the first one largely set in the Philippines.

    And look at the sun’s rays from the Philippine flag behind the MC’s head in the cover....

    Everything about this is a huge fucking deal to me. I’m gonna sob.
    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
    Adiba Jaigirdar
    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
    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.
    ☙ percy ❧
    Apr 13, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased  ·  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)
    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.

    Review to come!
    Justine (Milkz)
    Whaaaaa?? I NEED!
    May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
    *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,
    Bang Bang Books
    May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    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
    Rita Shaffer
    May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is an important story about family and the characters in this book are wonderful! And I learned a lot about the Philippines.
    Ami Pendley
    Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This #ownvoices book is extraordinary. The writing is gorgeous and poetic. It tackles the human rights abuses of the Duterte regime while also telling a story about compassion, grief, regret, and finding out who you really are.

    And it’s just so beautifully written. My ARC has more dogeared pages than not. I love how each chapter ends with its beginning.

    “It’s a sad thing when you map the borders of a friendship and find it’s a narrower country than expected.”

    “I imagine souls trapped overhead, bo
    Seema Rao
    Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is going to be an exceptional book. I can't wait to read the whole book. The story centers around a young Southeast-Asian American boy, White and Filipino, who is trying to live up to his family's expectations, as the youngest of three kids. His biggest concern is getting into college. When his drug-addicted cousin dies in the Philippines, his life problems seem inconsequential. This book is what I love about YA Lit. It tells an important story, about the challenges in the Philipines and ho ...more
    Dec 19, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    I am hyped for all the Filipino-rep books coming out next year.
    May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Wow. What an absolutely entrancing read.
    Patron Saints of Nothing is a quiet novel but it packs an emotional punch.
    The story follows Jay Reguero, a Filipino-American teenager whose world is turned upside down when he learns that his cousin Jun, with whom he used to exchange letters across continents, has been killed as part of Filipino's President Duterte's war on drugs. No one in his family wants to talk about what happened to Jun, so Jay returns to the Philippines to find out the truth about
    Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Um. Wow.
    Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Rating to come (when the tears are less fresh...)
    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
    Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This was one of those novels where the first few paragraphs were so evocatively written that I knew the rest of the book would have to be good. I wasn’t disappointed! It’s a beautifully told and gripping story. Told from 17 year old Jay Reguero’s point of view, he’s a sensitive, rather sheltered middle class Filipino-American who journeys back to the Philippines when he finds out that his close cousin, Jun, has suddenly died, under circumstances that no one wants to discuss. As Jay tries to figu ...more
    Miriam  // Jouska
    Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: amazing
    Patron Saints of Nothing is such a riveting, important, unexpected coming-of-age story that takes place in the midst of a gigantic yet ignored political/social/cultural crisis in the Philippines, right now.

    It’s not flawless (as with the unnecessary quasi-love story, that doesn’t fit in with the tone at all, or Jun’s true demise that kind of undermines his character), but I would be lying if I were to state this book didn’t move me. I guess the huge family theme invested me at each turn, how some
    May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    ~ I received an ARC of this book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review~


    From the opening sentences alone, I knew Randy Ribay’s Patron Saints of Nothing was a special book. The novel introduces us to the main character Jay through a vivid memory of his first holiday in his country of birth, the Philippines, conveying a sense of nostalgia and a reflective look at what meanings can be grasped from death and life. And so Randy Ribay begins his reflective, passionate and emotional explorati
    Tansie G.
    Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is a review of a NetGalley E-ARC Sneak Peek.

    The description/prose in this book is beautiful. Ribay's word-usage is superb, and he describes locations/setting in a way that makes it genuinely interesting to read about. The culture is shown in technicolor-- there's a lot information readers receive, but it never feels like an info-dump. Since Jason, the protagonist, also doesn't know as much about the culture as he would like, it feels like we're learning with him. Since this is only a sneak
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