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Patron Saints of Nothing
Patron Saints of Nothing | Randy Ribay
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A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin's murder. 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. Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth -- and the part he played in it. As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.
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UnabridgedPod
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"We can only handle so much truth at any given moment, I suppose" (xv). / "Truth is a hungry thing" (29).⠀

Randy Ribay's Patron Saints of Nothing is astonishing. Protagonist Jay Reguero is a high school senior dealing with all of the normal things an American teenager deals with: pressure from parents, the stress of college admissions, the expectations of friends. Then, he receives news that changes everything.⠀⬇️

UnabridgedPod When he was a kid, Jay, who is half-Filipino and half-white, had visited the Philippines for the first time with his family since his father had immigrated to America to join Jay's mom. While Jay was visiting his family, he and his cousin Jun became close friends, continuing their friendship through letters after Jay's return home. At some point over the years, however, their letters end. And then, Jay finds out that Jun has died. ⬇️ 2mo
UnabridgedPod What follows the news is in some respects a mystery: Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the truth about what happened to Jun. It's more than just a mystery, though. Jay is really digging in to the truth of who he is, of his ability to speak truth to power, of his superficial knowledge of the Philippines and shallow understanding of his father. ⬇️ 2mo
UnabridgedPod Jay wants to advocate for his cousin's worth but also has to accept that he treated him poorly when he was still alive.

There's much to discover in this novel, so I won't share further details. Just trust me when I tell you that it's worth reading, and prepare yourself for an amazing and moving reading experience.
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NovelNancy
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I started this book then set it aside for a long time which is unusual.I started over & stayed with it as it kept coming up on best book of the year. The story line is intense so I think it will stay with me for a long time. It's also based on something of which I knew nothing about (drug addicts being killed by the Filipino government as part of the “war on drugs“). I didn't find the characters compelling, but I appreciated their imperfections.

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Preciouz29
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Powerful.

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Hooked_on_books
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Filipino-American Jay‘s cousin Jun is killed in the Philippines. So Jay travels there over spring break to try to understand what happened. He learns a great deal about Duterte‘s police state, his family, and himself. This is a terrific, heart-wrenching book (I nearly teared up and I‘m NOT a crier) that sheds light on the reality of our current world.

Texreader Great review 2mo
Hooked_on_books @Texreader Thank you! ☺️ 2mo
Nute Sounds interesting! Is there some historical information laced throughout the fiction? 2mo
Hooked_on_books @Nute Very little historical stuff, but lots of current events. I do feel like it gave a good flavor of the current Philippines. It‘s really well done. 2mo
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rachelsbrittain
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First book in a while I've read all the way through without being able to put down. When Jay's cousin is killed in the drug war in the Phillipines, he is determined to discover the truth, retracing his footsteps & learning his story. Of course, it's all more complicated than he initially realizes. An absolutely heartwrenching book about grief, identity, & family.

TW for references to drug abuse, violence, & murder.

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rachelsbrittain
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She's more excited than I am that it's getting cool enough for the fireplace 😂

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Read_By_Red
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Jay Reguero is your typical teen. Suddenly, his world is shattered when he is told that his cousin in the Philippines, Jun, has died, and no one will tell him how or why. Determined to uncover the truth, Jay goes to the source: the Philippines. I enjoyed this book tremendously! It is a well-written page-turner full of great characters, but it is also very honest.

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TheBookKeepers
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A few parts felt too easy/predictable, but overall I thought this was a good contemporary fiction YA novel. It covers important issues such as Philippine politics, the inner struggles of identity/duel citizenship, familial dynamics, & right vs wrong. Some parts the writing was breathtaking, & other times it lulled. I‘d say 4 ⭐️ read.

Zelma Yum, cinnamon rolls! 3mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Jay is an American. His cousin Jun is Filipino. Jay‘s dad is distant but loving. Jun‘s dad is a controlling tyrant. Then Jay stops writing Jun. Jay learns that Jun has died, and not only has he died but his death is shrouded in shame and mystery.

Jay decides to travel to the Philippines to find out what happened to Jun. In this journey Jay displays both courage and doggedness in the face of great resistance.

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marleed
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This is a gripping book with a story unlike anything I‘ve read before. Aside from the shoe collection of Imelda Marcos my knowledge of the Philippines begins and ends in the timeframe of WWII. But now there‘s another war raging - a war on drugs and the frightening way in which it is fought.

lele1432 I have this one. Cannot wait to read it! 4mo
marleed @lele1432 I hope you like it as much as I did! 4mo
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Lindy
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Equity, grief, guilt & search for identity, as seen through 18-year-old Jay Reguero, whose father is Filipino & mother is White American. When his cousin is murdered in the Philippines, Jay travels there to find out what happened. Duterte‘s war on drugs is an important backdrop, while the tensions within Jay‘s extended family are explored & characters are believably developed. One of many strengths: inclusion of queer family members. #ownvoices

Lindy Great to hear Tagalog and Bikol words aloud in the #audiobook narrated by Ramón de Ocampo. 4mo
WanderingBookaneer My favorite YA of the year! 4mo
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Lindy
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#audiodyeing - prepped elecampane flowers today to make yellow dye.

ReadingEnvy Did you see this book was longlisted for the USA national book award for ya? 4mo
Cathythoughts To make yellow dye!! 😮 wow 4mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy No, I didn‘t. It‘s worthy. I‘m still digesting its impact. 4mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts I will tag you when I post a photo of the results. Initial test looks promising for a nice colour. 😊 4mo
Tanisha_A Waitinggg to see it come out. ☺️ 4mo
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Lindy
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All the stories follow a similar pattern. Someone is accused without evidence. They are killed without mercy. Then the police cover it up without regret. Of course, the official report reads that the suspect resisted arrest, but this is contradicted by videos, anonymous eye witness accounts, or forensic evidence.

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ReadingSusan
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This book is a gut puncher. I vaguely have heard about what is going on in the Philippians but the details are awful and tragic. This is a story of grief and looking for answers. I feel like I would like to now read a non fiction book about this. Seeing the world through Jay‘s eyes were interesting.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lovesbooks87 This is one of my top reads of this year 6mo
TrishB Stacked,sounds really interesting. 6mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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This was phenomenal. I loved the writing, the story, the setting, the characters.... and you know I ugly cried at the end. Highly recommend. #bbrc #teenangst #authenticvoice #readmyowndamnbooks #readingallaroundtheworld

LibrarianRyan This has been on my list. Glad to know you liked it. 6mo
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4️⃣.5️⃣⭐

mandi1082 Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay is about Jayson a senior in High School who lives in Michigan and finds out his cousin has been killed in the Philippines. There is a drug war going on and the President is trying everything in his power to stop it even if it means people going around killing drug users, drug dealers, etc.

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mandi1082 Jayson finds out his cousin Jun was killed because he was living in the streets and on drugs. He has a hard time believing it so he ask his parents if he could visit his family in the Philippines in secret hoping to get some real answers on what happened. 6mo
mandi1082 I enjoyed this story. I enjoyed learning some things about the Philippines at the same time feeling sad on what is going on over there. I enjoyed reading Jayson thoughts and struggles and his relationships with his family and the characters he meets over there. 4.5⭐🎉! 6mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Really enjoying this one so far. And the reading locale doesn‘t hurt either.

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Stephaniereads1
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My proposed readathon stack. However I also have Libby books. #24in48.

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WanderingBookaneer
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This may be the best YA book I‘ve read this year. Another example of why we need #ownvoices . ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Branwen
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Here are the three arcs I managed to snag! The tagged book was the very last copy and I was SO lucky to get it! 📚💕 #nerdcamp

Lovesbooks87 It was so good! Enjoy! 6mo
Branwen @Lovesbooks87 That is so exciting to hear! 😀 I can't wait to start it! 6mo
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ReadingEnvy
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Jay is a Filipino-american youth with one semester left of high school when he finds out his cousin in the Philippines has been killed. He convinces his parents to send him back to his aunts and uncles so he can try to figure out what happened.⤵️

ReadingEnvy I must say I was impressed by how the author used this story of a somewhat uninformed teenager to tell this story. Like many immigrant narratives, Jay doesn't feel he belongs in America, especially when coming home every day feels like coming home to the Philippines in food and cultural expectations, but then his family has insisted he learn and speak English, so in other ways he isn't Filipino enough. ⤵️ 7mo
ReadingEnvy Traveling back to Manila he hears frequent protests that he (and his father) are the "ones who left," meaning they can't know what it's like there, and also shouldn't be making any judgments.
Since Jay and his cousin Jun are close in age, it's like getting to examine the same life if he had stayed vs if he moved away.⤵️
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ReadingEnvy And things obviously didn't go well for his cousin, who seems to have suffered unfairly because of President Duterte's war on "drugs" that also seem to be taking out poor, homeless, and other passersby on the side. Jay has to work hard to uncover the truth, all while living with family members that are more on board with the current administration than he ever could have expected. ⤵️ 7mo
ReadingEnvy This is a YA novel, but the stakes are real stakes and the main character has a lot to work out between the various conflicting opinions in the family, the true dangers he confronts while trying to find the truth, and his own grief. There is also the family and friends he left at ... home? He isn't even sure where home is. I felt the ending was meaningful and realistic. 7mo
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oddandbookish
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I have way too many amazing things to say about this book. Please read my full review on my blog.

https://oddandbookish.wordpress.com/2019/06/20/review-patron-saints-of-nothing/

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Lovesbooks87
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Jay is in his last semester in high school and all he wants to do is spend is time playing video games before he goes off to college. But when he gets the news that his cousin Jun was murdered in the Philippines because of their war on drugs. He doesn't believe that he was involved in drugs and asks his parents to go the Philippines. He wants to find out the truth. But does he get the answers he wants? I flew through this book. So good!

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mrozzz
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#BOTM took a little longer than usual— but I‘m especially excited for the excellent YA selections they have had lately! Apparently they just started a subscription option just for YA??

oddandbookish Patron Saints of Nothing is so good! 7mo
mrozzz @oddandbookish good to hear!! 7mo
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