Fab Book Friday: “Saint Anything”

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Fab Book Friday is a weekly installment chatting about books — it will include straight-up reviews of books I read as well as thoughts and considerations. This week’s topic is “Saint Anything,” by Sarah Dessen.

This post is a testament to the power of book-blogging Instagrammers. I kept seeing posts about Sarah Dessen and finally, finally, I caved.

I chose Saint Anything because it was immediately available from the library (this is a place of honesty, you know?) and once I had it in my possession, I read the description, which sounded interesting.

Guys, it was so much more than that. It was amazing.

It starts out with a lot of backstory, which I, for one, am a huge fan of, so you get a good sense of what the character’s history and family life is like beforehand. And then it dives right in.

Here are a few of the things I loved about this book:

  1. Realistic characters — the likable characters (like Sydney and Mac) have flaws, and the unlikable characters have unexpected soft edges. While they all start out in one place, almost none of them finish there; they undergo a growth and a change, and it’s lovely to see.
  2. Consistent settings — the book has a few places where the characters hang out; the school, two homes, and a pizza place (which, by the way, is the reason I’ve been craving pizza for the past three days, I assure you). While the characters do occasionally visit other spots, they’re fairly consistent with where they are, which made it a lot easier to visualize what was happening and place them in their surroundings.
  3. Not overly-dramatic drama — there is tension and drama (boyfriends! breakups! betrayals!) but it stays in the realm of possibility for teenagers. And the deeper drama of the book is not cheesy or obnoxiously played-out.
  4. Romance! — Y’all, I’m a sucker for a good romance, and in this book, Sarah Dessen does romance good. (Yes, I know that’s grammatically incorrect.) I felt my heart stutter the first time hands were held…that’s always a good sign.
  5. Peril — In my profile of Martha Brockenbrough, she talked about putting your characters in peril. Sarah Dessen does that. She doesn’t necessarily put their lives in danger, but she does put their desires in danger. It’s the reason I stared at my phone screen for more than an hour last night, swiping furiously from page to page, anxious to finish the book despite how tired I was. I legitimately couldn’t put it down.

In short, read Saint Anything. You won’t regret it.

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