Sydney's brother, Peyton, has just been in a drunk driving accident and lands himself in jail. Up until very recently, he was the perfect child and the attention hog of the family. He could do no wrong. Now their parents are still giving Peyton all the attention, just in a different way. Sydney is emotionally hit hard by the accident, ends up changing schools, and feels all alone in the world while her mother obsesses over Peyton. But after changing schools, Sydney makes a new friend that flips her life upside down (or rather right side up again!) and makes her finally feel understood. I recently heard author John Green talk about how teens don't want to be talked down to. They want to be leveled with and treated like real human beings that understand what's going on in the world. This book does exactly that. Saint Anything is much darker than Dessen's usual stories, but it has great depth and is a reminder that some teens have to go through heavy experiences too. While this story may not resonate personally with the teens reading it, it can help them understand some of the hardships that their friends are going through.
Sydney's charismatic older brother, Peyton, has always been the center of attention in the family but when he is sent to jail, Sydney struggles to find her place at home and in the world until she meets the Chathams, including gentle, protective Mac, who makes her feel appreciated for the first time. Simultaneous eBook.