Summer Reads: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

One of my favorite parts of the summer is being able to read. As a college student I don’t really have time during the school year to read for “fun”. I’m always just stuck reading textbooks! This summer I hope I can share my love of reading with you all and hopefully give you some suggestions of books you can read yourself!
First Thoughts: 
  Sarah Dessen just published another book? Finally! Cue running to Target and finding the very last copy.  Dessen has honestly been my favorite author for years, so I have high expectations for this book, just like I had high expectations for all of her other books.  One of my favorite things about Dessen is that all of her stories take place in the same town/area that Dessen herself created, so all the stories have the same setting. I love that she is dedicating this book: 
“For all the invisible girls and for my readers, for seeing me”.
After Reading: 
   The characters of this book are super relatable. The family drama in this story ranges from incarceration to sickness and Dessen covers it all realistically. Sydney has been in the shadow of her older brother her entire life, and has always just been in the background.  Sydney feels invisible to everyone including her parents, which I think we can all relate to at times.  I love the vibrance and strength of the Chatham family and how they take Sydney under their wing. It was really cool to get to see how Sydney herself changes during the course of the story and how she finally finds her voice.  Amidst all the suspense of the tough times with her family, there is also the elements of friendship and even a little romance! This book also really made me want pizza, because in the book the restaurant Seaside apparently makes the best pizza and garlic knots ever. 
Favorite Quotes:
“You get used to people being a certain way; you depend on it. And when they surprise you, for better or worse, it can shake you to your core.” 
“The first time you came into Seaside,” he said. “You weren’t invisible, not to me. Just so you know.”
The book in three words: engrossing, touching, relatable

Now I just have to wait another 1-2 years for the next Dessen book!
Xx Tracie

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