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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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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 3w
TrishB Stacked,sounds really interesting. 3w
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One_With_Books
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If you are interested in this amazing book, you can get it here 😬👇

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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. 3w
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mandi1082
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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. 3w
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⭐🎉! 3w
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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! 1mo
Branwen @Lovesbooks87 That is so exciting to hear! 😀 I can't wait to start it! 1mo
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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. ⤵️ 2mo
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. ⤵️ 2mo
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. 2mo
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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! 2mo
mrozzz @oddandbookish good to hear!! 2mo
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