August 04, 2015

Saint Anything

Last month I joined in on my first real book club. Fortunately it's not one of those hard core ones. Also, I got lucky as our fearless leaders picked an awesome book for July!

Saint Anything / Sarah Dessen

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 driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Once I picked this book up from the library I fell in lust immediately. I'm partial to aesthetics, and although you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, I do. This one met my approval.  
It's a YA story {who doesn't love this genre?!} about a girl named Sydney and the rough year her family is in the midst of. Within the first few pages of reading this book I knew I was going to like it. The book opens with Sydney as a young girl in a courthouse looking for the bathroom. A guy, who her parents were comfortable with, offers to take her and wait outside. Immediately I felt off about this character. He did nothing wrong, it just was weird to me.
The story is beautifully written in my opinion and I found it easy to get caught up in the story and feel Sydney's feelings. When she changes schools and makes a new friend, her life starts to change. She grows apart from her old friends, but still supports them when necessary. She tries to follow the "rules" of her new friendships, but ultimately ends up breaking them. She tries to do everything asked by her parents but finally, there comes a breaking point where Sydney must choose to step into her own.
It's a story about loneliness, friendship, love, betrayal, acceptance, and forgiveness. We've all been there. We've had trouble at home, or in school, felt invisible, and then found that group of friends that felt like family.
If you're even considering reading this, do yourself a favor and just read it.

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