Hey Night Owls, I’m back and ready to get back into reviewing! I actually mean it this time. Getting back into my school routine was harder than I thought, but I’m ready to start blogging again. I finished Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen earlier this month! Reading it got me out of a huge reading slump. 5/5 stars for both the story and audiobook narration!
Sydney and her family have been going through some rough stuff lately. Sydney’s older brother, Peyton, has just gone to jail on a drunk driving conviction because he paralyzed a teenager. Their parents put all of their attention on Peyton because of the trial, leaving Sydney cast away in the shadows. Sydney also seems like the only person in her family who cares about the teenage boy that Peyton paralyzed.
Ames, Peyton’s friend, has also gained attention from Sydney and Peyton’s parents. Especially, their mother because she treats him like another son. His presence startles Sydney because he seems to want to get too close to her.
Sydney’s parents put her into public school because of the fallout from the Peyton scandal. At her new school, Sydney takes awhile to make friends, but quickly makes some after stopping to get a slice of pizza on her way home from school one afternoon. Sydney meets, brother and sister, Mac and Layla at their family-owned pizza restaurant. Not long after their meeting, Sydney joins their friend group. Sydney, finally, feels like she can be herself around Mac and Layla because their family and group accept her without any questions.
I absolutely loved this book! Sydney’s character was very relatable because like her, I also lost touch with some of my friends when I changed schools. The only event that made me uncomfortable while I was reading was Ames’s character because from his first scene I knew he was creepy. It really annoyed me when Sydney’s mother kept encouraging Ames to come around, but by the end of the book I was happy to read about her change of heart.
If you’re looking for a nice book to ease you back into the school year, I highly suggest you pick up this book. If you enjoy audiobooks, the narration for Saint Anything was fantastic! This book got me out of a huge reading slump, so if you’ve been in a reading slump, please this book up!