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Saint Anything
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
ANew York TimesbestsellerA TIME Magazine Top 10 Children's Book of 2015 "Saint Anythingis a poignant, honest story about how we might suffer the misfortune of someone else's bad choices, how people who love us can become family when we desperately need it, and how starting over might - miraculously - mean taking a solid leap forward."Jodi Picoult,New York Timesbestselling novelist ofLeaving TimeandMy Sisters Keeper Sydney has always felt invisible.She's grown accustomed to her brother, Peyton, being the focus of the familys attention and, lately, concern. Peyton is handsome and charismatic, but seems bent on self-destruction. Now, after a drunk-driving accident that crippled a boy, Peytons serving some serious jail time, and Sydney is on her own, questioning her place in the family and the world. Then she meets the Chatham family. Drawn into their warm, chaotic circle, Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance for the first time. Theres effervescent Layla, who constantly falls for the wrong guy, Rosie, whos had her own fall from grace, and Mrs. Chatham, who even though ailing is the heart of the family. But its with older brother Macquiet, watchful, and protectivethat Sydney finally feels seen, really seen, at last. Saint Anythingis Sarah Dessens deepest and most psychologically probing novel yet, telling an engrossing story of a girl discovering friendship, love, and herself.From the Hardcover edition.
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krispychips
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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I recently picked this up at Goodwill. I had read it in eighth grade and wanted to reread it. I‘m not a huge Sarah Dessen fan as most YA novels are cringey, boring, and don‘t have much character growth. However, this novel was a pretty good one for being YA. There were some cringey parts, but for the most part, I was intrigued. It wasn‘t super romance-based and the characters were all pretty well-rounded. I‘m glad I bought it.

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chlolovesbooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 my favorite book of all time! 🤩
💙💜💙💜💙

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damselsgotballs
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It was a good read, but not great. A thoughtful novel, that deals with underage drinking and substance abuse in a touching and realistic way, it is definitely worth a read.
The protagonist, Sydney believes she has been obliterated by the light of her 'shiny and charming' older brother. She was used to being the invisible one, until she wasn't.
#bibliophile #lovebooks #lovereading #booknerd #bookworm

You're doing great.

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KimberlyJuracich
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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So my confession in all of this is that I love Sarah dessen. I get romance but not the raunchiness of adult novels. They are always sweet. And this one was no let down. Plus now I really want that carousel in my backyard for some weird reason.

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freeatlast1137
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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Mehso-so

Sydney deals with the aftermath of her brother‘s actions.

I am a bit tired of reading Sarah Dessen‘s books. But I made a goal to finish her reading page this year and I have only one left!

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cleoh
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• Saint Anything, How Long Til Black Future Month?, and An Unkindness of Ghosts
• Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, from The Tempest
• “Once upon a time, I didn‘t think I could write short stories.” -How Long Til Black Future Month?, N.K. Jemisin

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain LOVE How Long Til Black History Month! 2y
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cleoh
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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Choice of audiobook for my tattoo session today 😁

Deifio May I ask, what you are getting? 2y
cleoh @Deifio I‘m getting a Medusa head! I‘m very excited 2y
Deifio Cool! 2y
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Sharpeipup
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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Poor (and lazy) man‘s charcuterie board while listening to tagged light read.

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Maliha13
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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Sydney has always felt invisible and that her life revolves around her brother who is jail after a drunk-driven accident that left a boy crippled. Then she meets the Chatham family who welcomes her warmly. She meets Mrs.Chatham, who is very sick but still the heart of the family, Rosie who‘s had her own tangles with the law, Layla who never falls for the right guy and Mac who makes her feel seen. This book tells a story about friendship and love.

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Addison_Reads
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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Mehso-so

My local book club picked this YA read for March. I feel like as a teen I would have loved this, but as an adult I found some of the dramatics from the characters to be a bit much.

I could relate to the main character's struggle of feeling like she was constantly in the shadow of her older sibling, but past that I just had a hard time connecting with the story.

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chlolovesbooks
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Here‘s my ambitious winter break TBR!! 😂

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thewallflower0707
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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I love it when widely successful authors dox a college student for voicing an opinion in a random article! That f*cking b*tch indeed.
If you‘re as interested as I am in YA Twitter Drama and you want to shorten your TBR of bullying authors, this is the article for you:

https://slate.com/culture/2019/11/sarah-dessen-ya-books-authors-brooke-nelson-so...

#sarahdessen #roxanegay #nkjemins

LiteraryinLawrence Wow, I had somehow missed this whole controversy. Now I‘m up to date. Thanks! 3y
Megabooks Wow! You think these authors would be a bit more mature. Very disappointed in all of them for waaayyy over attacking this girl. It‘s one thing to legitimately argue why a YA pick would be good for college students, another thing to call someone a f*cking bitch for having a different opinion. 3y
LazyLibrary I found it disgusting what they did on social media. I took this book off my list Bc of it 3y
SconsinBookyBadger Thank you for sharing. It‘s sickening seeing respected adult authors behave this way. As several people pointed out on twitter these women should prove how apologetic they are and donate to helping the now graduate pay off her loans. 3y
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k_estopace05
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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Genre: Romance
Date Started: Oct 3
Date Completed:
How did you choose this book: It caught my eye in the library because of its size and it's title
Summery: Peyton, Sydney's 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 puts him in jail.Sydney is cast a side searching for her place in the world and her family.
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loriCB
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Love her books, nice twists and turns. Great characters and relatable plot. Never disappointed with any Sarah Dessen book I read.

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OnlyYoo
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If I had a boyfriend named Macaulay I would probably never stop making Home Alone references. Is it any wonder I‘m single? Lol but all joking aside I thought this was a very sweet Sarah Dessen book (3/5) although I have to say I like The Truth About Forever more.

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OnlyYoo
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I love Sarah Dessen ❤️ hopefully I like this book just as much as Just Listen and The Truth About Forever

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PagesByTheWater
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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“...the future was one thing that could never be broken, because it had not yet had the chance to be anything.”—pg 413

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PagesByTheWater
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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Starting off it does play out quite predictable, but still a good story. Sometimes I like the predictability as a sort of comfort. But, as with most books, I‘ve connected emotionally with the characters. It‘s different from her other works though, less philosophical and more real, maybe?
If you can‘t tell I‘ve never had to review books before, so bare with me. I would say ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5.
#newyear #dessennewyear #LitsyAtoZ2019 #letterS

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PagesByTheWater
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen

I get very emotionally invested in books and Julie is so much like my mother I wanted to throw the book against the wall and scream. It‘s so frustrating to have an authoritarian parent. And when I read books with them it just gets my blood boiling.

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PagesByTheWater
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“However you learn that first truth, once it‘s with you, it never really goes away.”—Sarah Dessen, Saint Anything, pg 75
One for the quote book!

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PagesByTheWater
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen

So in one night I‘m already almost halfway through and LOVING IT. I don‘t always connect with Dessen‘s characters, but Sydney, Layla, and Julie are just so REAL.
If I didn‘t have to be a functioning adult so early in the morning I‘d just power on through the night!

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 4y
PagesByTheWater @CoffeeNBooks thank you!! ❤️ 4y
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PagesByTheWater
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I‘m so excited to get started on another of Dessen‘s works. I think I may just do a Sarah Dessen Binge to honor the new year. Anyone else a fan? How‘d you feel about this book?

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Mahri42
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First time reading a Sarah Dessen book and I really enjoyed it! The author does an amazing job of thoroughly developing most of the characters in a way that makes you understand not only Sydney better but the world inside the book entirely. All in all a great book and I'm definitely going to be reading more by her!

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Rudis
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#readingresolutions #yabooks My collection of YA is pretty small, but I really enjoy the books I do have. It‘s pretty influenced by Litsy, as well.

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TheQuietQuill
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I thought I‘d do a little #throwbackthursday from when I met Sarah Dessen at BookCon! I‘ve been seeing some posts on litsy lately from people who have never been and are unsure about going. It truly was the best experience of my life and I‘ve never been around so many bookaholics like myself! I highly recommend it and I‘m hoping to go again this year 🤞🏼

Valink I was hoping to go this year, but my daughter is graduating high school that weekend, so I suppose I should go to the graduation instead! 5y
TheQuietQuill Aww but congrats on your daughters graduation! @Valink 5y
pinkpygmypuffs You‘re convincing me! 😆 5y
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Bookish.leigh
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Jbakesmcgee3
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Why didn‘t anyone tell me this book was so good?!

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Rudis
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#fallintobooks #setinfaveera Oddly enough, my favourite era is modern. There's so much you can do with it that I'm always interested & already feel connected to the world.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Charles de Lint with a Charles Vess cover = perfection. 5y
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DevLizPat
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I love Sarah Dessen. It took too long for me to finally get to Saint Anything, but the wait was worth it. It's not my favorite book by Sarah, but I liked it nonetheless.

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alexdildine
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Once again, Sarah Dessen hits home with one of her books. The characters she creates allows the reader to connect and really care for them. This book was a refreshing tale on how to deal with grief. rate: 4/5 stars🌟

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madsbearden
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Another favorite from my never-ending list of favorite summer books. (And yes, Sarah Dessen makes up most of the list.)

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Bostonmomx2
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I've read some comments about this not being her best work. It's the first I've read of hers and if this isn't the best, then I'm in for some great reads. I really enjoyed this. While I couldn't relate to Sydney on a personal level, it was so well done that I could feel how she felt and totally understood her situation. Definitely recommend!

CocoReads I loved this one too. 6y
melrailey I thought this one was great. 6y
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amorning3
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It begins.

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Bostonmomx2
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Finally getting to one of my gift exchange books. Definitely looking forward to this!

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LaurBear90
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"Would the defendant please rise."

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BookHoarder32
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I've started this book many times and didn't get more than halfway through before this weekend. It's much more serious than her other books, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Mac's my new book boyfriend.

beccaeve This was my first Sarah Dessen book. I read it earlier this month. I really enjoyed it! 6y
BookHoarder32 @beccaeve I kind of envy you reading the others for the first time! I might have to pull those out and reread them as a count down to Once and For All's release in June :) 6y
beccaeve @BookHoarder32 I've already read Lock and Key. So many more to go! And I didn't know there was another coming in June!! 6y
beccaeve @BookHoarder32 yay! Thanks! 6y
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Ash11hope
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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#saintanything It was good, I just kept getting distracted though, had to re read some parts over a few times, that's why I voted so so, but I still liked it, I was bored at beginning a bit, then it started catching my attention in the middle to where I couldn't put it down, I don't know I just kept getting distracted and spacing out while reading most parts, on some was intrigued

#bookReview

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beccaeve
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This is my first Sarah Dessen book. I've been told by several people it's not considered a favorite. I can see why--the pacing is lopsided. The book moves rather slow until the end, which feels like a rush to finish things up. Nevertheless, I liked the characters and themes. I listened to the audiobook, which probably helped keep the pacing from being too annoying.

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beccaeve
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This is the first Sarah Dessen book I've read. So far, it's really good.

GlitteryOtters So glad you like it! Sarah is one of my favorite YA authors! 💕 6y
missevievelyn I love Sarah Dessen but Saint Anything was definitely my least favourite of her books (though I still enjoyed it!). If you like it or even just think it's ok I'd recommend giving some of her earlier stuff a try! 😊 (edited) 6y
beccaeve @GlitteryOtters I've heard so many good things. I can't believe I'm just now getting around to her work 6y
beccaeve @missevievelyn She's one of my best friend's favorites, and she says the same thing about Saint Anything. If this is a lesser favorite, I expect to really enjoy her other stuff! 6y
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tealant
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I really enjoyed this book a lot. It's been a while since I picked up a Sarah Dessen book but I'm glad I did. If you're looking for some teenage romance, then this is the book for you.

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Bookworm2011
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen

Across the courtyard, someone laughed. Two girls in field hockey uniforms passed by, one on the phone, the other opening a piece of gum. Happy, normal lives going on in happy, normal ways, in a world that was anything but. Once you realized this, experienced somwthing that made it crystal clear, you couldn't forget it. Like a face. Or a name. However, yoy first learn that truth, once it's with you, it never really goes away.

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Bookworm2011
Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen

"Music isn't stagnant,right? So, you can't be either."

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AliBG
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Recommended this for a student today, who likes "realistic, high emotional stakes books." Not exactly a #recommendsday but close.

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rach_simone
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There are multiple #FavouriteFriendships in this book centering around Sydney. Her life changes dramatically and yet she still maintains her friendships from her old school/life while forging new ones with Layla and the whole Chatham family.

Also, Layla's obsession with French fries deserves its own category.

#Booktober @RealLifeReading

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Megabooks
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MC (Sydney) is flushing more than Anastasia in 50 Shades. It's driving me bananas. I hate weak female characters. Really not enjoying this one anymore, but I will probably finish. Plot is repetitive and narrator is annoying. I don't recommend this. ☹️️

Notafraidofwords I loved Sarah Dessen when I was growing up. Unfortunately I feel like I outgrew he r 6y
Megabooks @Notafraidofwords This is my first by her. I may check out another, but I can definitely see what you're saying 6y
Notafraidofwords I really enjoyed 6y
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Notafraidofwords But I read it when I was 15. 6y
Megabooks I'll see if my library has it. If you still remember it from 15, it was probably good. 😃👍🏻 6y
Notafraidofwords @Ebooksandcooks lol my standards were also a little different lol. I seriously loved her as a young adult. I also love Deb Caletti. 6y
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Megabooks
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Late night snack of gluten free pizza and a light #audiobook to end a long day! Plus some Litsy. 😃😃

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JacintaMCarter
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It took me a long time to think of a #BookThatMadeMeHungry, but then I remembered that fries and pizza are my go-to food items; therefore, I had to go with Saint Anything. #SomethingForSept #SeptPhotoChallenge

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The_Little_Librarian
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Sarah Dessen just announced her new YA book will be coming out in June 2017📚❤️🎉

BookishMarginalia This implies that the book is about a recent high school graduate getting married... Not a plot point designed to grab me 6y
The_Little_Librarian @BookishMarginalia I feel the same way but I do love most of her books. I will definitely read it but hopefully it is better than we think! 6y
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