SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen is compelling work of contemporary young adult fiction.
After Sydney’s older brother is convicted of aggravated drunk driving, her parents have a difficult time adjusting to his incarceration. With problems at home, Sydney reaches out to members of a warm, caring family for the support and acceptance she needs.
Dessen’s conversational writing style is enjoyable to read. She manages to make everyday moments seem special without unnecessary drama. Her spectrum of fully developed characters will quietly immerse readers into this coming-of-age story.
While many teens seek out Dessen’s stories for the romance elements, her themes of self-discovery, family love, and friendship are at the heart of her young adult novels. These themes are particularly strong in SAINT ANYTHING. Librarians will welcome Dessen’s latest work of realistic fiction.
To learn more about this author, go to http://sarahdessen.com/.
P.S. After reading this YA novel, I wanted to watch the 1988 film Mystic Pizza while eating french fries.
Publishing by Viking on May 5, 2015.