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Saints of Augustine

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  906 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
Sam Findley and Charlie Perrin. Best friends. At least they used to be. But a year ago Sam cut Charlie out of his life--no explanation, no discussion, nothing. Fast-forward one year, and both Sam's and Charlie's lives are spiraling out of control. Sam has a secret he's finding harder and harder to hide, and Charlie is dealing with an increasingly absent dad and a dealer wh ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Harper Teen
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I read this book a year ago but had the urge to review it, so pardon whatever mistakes I make. "Saints of Augustine" are about two ex-best friends named Sam and Charlie who are both going through some tough times in their lives. Charlie's mom recently passed away, and ever since his dad has been acting distant and detached from him. He owes money to the guy who he's been getting pot from, and his girlfriend is in the process of breaking up with him. Sam is getting just as bad, or worse, than Cha ...more
Apr 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicos
Es el tipo de libro que (si fueras del gremio) te remonta a tu adolescencia. Entonces, terminás valorando la sensación de nostalgia más que el libro per se. Lo cual no es malo, porque conseguir ese tipo de efectos tiene su mérito.

El argumento va de situaciones sencillas y personales en la vida de dos hijos de la Yankilandia, sus pequeñas vidas con sus pequeños problemas; de no haber involucrado un gay llorica como personaje principal, seguramente no hubiese pasado del primer capítulo. Como sí hu
Jun 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a slow book to get into, but in the end, I enjoyed it. It's not at the top of my to recommend list, because I really don't recall much more about it other than the impression that I appreciated how Ryan approached their friendship and the tension Sam brought to it because he wasn't able to own up to his homosexuality or how that would affect his friendship. In the end, it was a non-issue. However—and perhaps this is one of the thinking points for this novel—was it a non-issue because of ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Good read for me. I zipped through it pretty easily (in a good way). Sam is relatable to a lot people. Not in being gay, but assuming the worst of situations by assuming what others think instead of finding out what they actually think. It gets you into more trouble than you bargained for. Trouble you thought you were going to avoid by deceiving yourself. Life will never be perfect and not everyone will agree with who you are, what you say, and what you do. But don't hide yourself from the peopl ...more
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Well-meaning but ultimately dull small-town America coming-of-age story involving two former best friends, one of whom happens to be gay and both of whom have their problems. As, indeed, who doesn't? Lazy characterisation: the gay boy just happens to have a female best friend who was born to be a stereotypical fag hag (can you still say that? Whatever the current term is, if not), and both characters' boyfriend and girlfriend respectively are too perfect, mature and understanding to ring remotel ...more
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It is about two boys trying to figure themselves out during the summer of their junior year of high school. I enjoyed the book because the conflicts within the book are relatable to problems that young people face today. I liked the emotion the author gave off throughout the story. I also enjoyed how the chapters alternated from one character to another making it so that the plot did not really drag on.
Oct 12, 2009 rated it liked it
This book was pretty good, in that there was nothing horribly wrong with it. But in terms of depth and realism it was totally a YA novel, rather than being an intelligent and complicated novel with a teenage protagonist. All loose ends were very neatly tied up, although I did like the ending: an e-mail composed to the date the narrator literally ran away from after their first kiss.
Aug 09, 2007 rated it liked it
This was a good fast read. Other than that, there isn't anything too special about it.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2017
This book made me learn a new word. Spigot!

Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Since I can't click on 64192304681 stars I just have to tell you how much I absolutely LOVE this book. I read it in about two hours and could not put it down.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
i was rooting for sam... and charlie. i mean, okay. justin's not bad.
Kiana Cook
Sometimes there are books that blow you out of the water with their brilliance, and sometimes there are books that leave you seething with rage at their missed opportunities and poor characterization, dialogue, etc. Saints of Augustine falls into neither category. Although it didn't do anything revolutionary, it's a book I can't find any fault with whatsoever--and that's saying a lot, considering how nitpicky I am. No, I just liked this book start to finish. It was a quick, engrossing read about ...more
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt-ya
4.5 stars

Sam and Charlie were best friends for years. Now they are nothing. In a day, they went from best friends to not even acknowledging each other. What would it take for them to be friends again?
Charlie has drug and girlfriend problems. And Sam hides a secret no one knows: he's gay. And they are both having family problems. They miss each other and the friendship they had, but neither of them is willing to take the first step to reconciliation. They had reasons not to like pride, fear and
Dec 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Sam Findley and Charlie Perrin used to be best friends, until last summer Sam stopped talking to Charlie. Now, the summer before their senior year, Charlie’s mother is dead, his father is an alcoholic, and he’s in debt to a pot seller; Sam’s not faring much better–his parents are divorced, his mother’s new boyfriend is a jerk, and his dad is in Europe with his new boyfriend. To get through the summer, the two will have to learn about themselves and reunite with each other, if only because that’s ...more
Rynn Yumako
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, contemporary
This book was okay, it just felt like I've read it before, a million times over...

Between the two of them Charlie was the stronger, more defined character, his troubles (losing his mom, having to deal with an alcoholic, depressed father, losing his best friend without knowing why, turning to drugs) were just more relatable than Sam's constant whining about stuff. I'd have loved to see more about Charlie dealing with his drug problem - even if it wasn't so severe - or maybe getting help for hims
Jennifer Wardrip
May 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Ever since Charlie's mother died, his father has been distant, drinking too much and never wanting to talk, least of all about the loss they've suffered. Charlie deals with things by smoking pot all the time--even though he now owes more money than he can come up with to a drug dealer, and even though his habit is threatening his relationship with his girlfriend. Things would be easier if his former best friend, Sam, was still around. But their friends
Jun 21, 2008 rated it liked it
This is a story of two teen boys - Sam and Charlie - who have become estranged best friends during their junior year of high school. In the summer before senior year, both boys go through life-changing experiences. Sam, whose parents are recently separated, realizes that not only is his father gay, he is too. Charlie, who recently lost his mother to Leukemia, battles with his feelings of grief and his father's drinking and emotional distance. Both teens struggle to make sense of their issues, an ...more
Dec 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, 2007
Over a year ago, Sam and Charlie were best friends, but then Sam told Charlie it was over. Since then Charlie's mother has passed away, his father is shoving his tears into the bottom of a bottle and Charlie has racked up a sizable debt to the local pot dealer. Just when he thinks things can't get any worse, sure enough, they do.

But all is not sunny on Sam's side of the fence. His parents have gotten divorced and now his father is living with a new person- a boyfriend as it turns out. This is n
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-read, ya-lgbt
Ryan, who has written adult novels, has created an interesting experience for LGBT teens in his first YA book. At one point Sam and Charlie were best friends, but in the 6th grade, Sam ended the relationship suddenly and with no explanation. As the novel progresses each boy, in separately told chapters, must come to deal with the mounting problems of adolescence, including drugs, homosexuality, heterosexuality, familial relationships, and other obstacles thrown in their way. As they approach the ...more
This was a pretty good book. Charlie and Sam are (were) best friends, then suddenly, they're not. However, this isn't the main focus of the book, though it is a theme. (view spoiler) The book focuses more on each individual life, alternating perspectives (but still narrated in the third person). Sam is having problems because (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA
Charlie and Sam were really close best friends, but one day Sam just stops talking to Charlie cutting him out of his life completely. As Sam tries to come to terms with his father being gay and the possibility of being gay himself, Charlie tries to cope with his father’s depression by smoking pot. But over the course of one long and lonely summer, they might just be able to piece their friendship back together...

The book alternates between the two points of views of Charlie and Sam in a very sea
Carroll Winn
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a youth novel. This book centers on a not quite sure gay boy and his friends and family. I this story the divorced father is gay and out of the home. The story is about finding a way to move on with the resident parent.There is sexual attraction in high school both same sex and opposite sexed presented. The interactions between the major characters gives an opportunity of exploring positive and negative arguments about sexuality and sexual expression. I think the book could be useful for ...more
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
PE Ryan, you didn't do too badly with this one. I'd have liked to see a little less more moralistic story-telling re: substance abuse. There's already so much shame around drug culture. I'd like to see a book for teens that promotes harm-reduction.

Otherwise a well-written, engaging story (at least after the first chapter, when I found myself absolutely not caring about one of the protagonists, Charlie).
Agatha Donkar
Sep 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Absolutely as good as I'd hoped it would be when I noted the title down back over the summer -- told in the dual POVs of Charlie and Sam, ex-best friends struggling through separate issues in the same summer, this was funny and honest and a great read. Interesting issues of high schoolers coming out, and high schoolers struggling with grief and substance abuse problems, all handled realistically without being bleak.
Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mature teens; adults
Recommended to Karla by: CCBC Best books for young adults
Shelves: ya, lgbt
I loved this book about friendship and how it can help you cope with really difficult challenges - like the death of a parent, alcoholism/drug abuse and sexual identity. Charlie and Sam were best friends - until they weren't. Now when both their worlds are collapsing, they suddenly find they can rely on each other again and the time for secrets is over. The only thing I didn't get is the title....
May 05, 2007 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this story of two teenage boys who have lost their friendship and feel the upset and isolation of that as they grapple with a dead mother and alcoholic father for the one, and a traumatic coming out for the other. Though some things resolve too easily, the boys appear convincingly aware of the importance of their former relationship without all the tools to communicate that to each other. It's really just sweet.
Ryan Ceresnak
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-teen, 2011
A somewhat formulaic coming-of-age, coming out story, but well told and very compelling. The character of Charlie, I felt didn't develop as much as he could have and his story was a little too unresolved with as much focus there was on his personal story -- while Sam's story, and the story of Charlie and Sam's friendship, were well developed an resolved. Despite this minor issue, it's a good read, compelling story, and think both teens and adults will enjoy it.
Dec 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This book I really related to. I related to the whole friend aspect of it. Being good friends with someone for so long, then to just stop talking out of the blue. The story was amazing, and I loved the characters. I would love to see a sequel to this book. I'm really interested in seeing where Sam and Justins relationship ends up.
Kathy Lane
Nov 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Sam "broke up" with his best friend, Charlie, without telling him why. Then they each spent a difficult year without a best friend. Death, divorce, substance abuse, homophobia, sexual identity, self-reliance and trust fill out this memorable book.
Quick read and hopefully of interest to boys. Second tier YAY. (KDL)
WCPL Teens
Sam and Charlie used to be best friends, until Sam stopped talking to him over a year ago. Then Charlie's mother dies, and his father drowns his sorrows in alcohol. Charlie starts smoking pot to relieve his pain and soon finds himself in debt. Meanwhile, Sam is struggling with the notion that he might be gay and that his father is too.
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P.E. Ryan also writes as Patrick Ryan.

Patrick Ryan was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Florida. His work has appeared in the Yale Review, the Iowa Review, One Story, and other journals. He lives in New York City.
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