Saturday, April 11, 2015

2015 book 90

Sarah Dessen's Saint Anything
Dessen is a reliably good YA author, and I honestly think she's just getting better and better--plus, I really appreciate that the romances aren't the be-all and end-all in her most recent books (the one here is cute though). Her characters just feel so real (with the notable exception of the big black guy in this one, whose primary characterization is "eating at all times"). The protagonist of this one is a girl who feels invisible in her family--her charming older brother has always gotten all the attention, especially now that he's in jail after a drunk-driving accident that paralyzed a kid. There's also a friend of her brother's who is constantly creeping on her (I read this book with SO MUCH DREAD because of him). Luckily she has awesome new friends AND yummy pizza to see her through. The friendships here are all really well-done. The final sections felt overly-wrap-up-y, but I really liked the very ending, and thought this was another great one from Dessen. A-.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in May.

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