Book review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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Sydney has always lived in the shadow of her older brother, Peyton. He was always the charming one, the daring one, the crowd-pleaser. But as they grew up, Peyton started to act out. What started with minor rule-breaking culminated in a drunk driving conviction that left a teenage boy paralyzed. Now, Peyton’s in prison and Sydney has to learn to navigate her very different world.

Sarah Dessen was one of my favorite authors when I was in high school. Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, This Lullaby, Someone Like You… they were all at the top of my list. It feels like I was always checking out one of her books from the library or walking to the Bookworld on Main Street to buy one if I had some spare cash. At some point – 2006, it seems – I stopped reading her books. I’m not really sure why, but I’m glad that I got this book for Christmas one year and I’m even happier that I picked it up now.

This book is classic Sarah Dessen. The emotions, the character-driven stories, it’s all there. All of the characters are so well-developed that I feel like I could drive up to a local high school and find them eating lunch together. This is an emotional book focusing on family connections and the deep friendships that form out of nowhere. It’s a book that starts off slowly and then hooks you to the point where you can hardly put it down.

Highly recommended.

Final rating: ★★★★★

#killingthetbr: 15 months on shelf

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I didn’t get to in 2017 that are at the top of 2018’s TBR

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  Today’s theme is ten books that I didn’t get to in 2017 that are at the top of 2018′s TBR.  Whew, that was a mouthful!  I’m sure the official topic is worded somewhat better than that, but that’s the general gist of today’s post.  I’m really bad about not reading what I actually own, so I narrowed my list of the ~90 books that I meant to get to last year down into the top ten.


Sometimes, I’m the actual worst.  I got these three books for Christmas in 2016 and I still haven’t read them.  They are at the top of the top of the top of my 2018 TBR.

The Girl in the Spider’s WebSaint Anything ❌ Throne of Glass


Other ways I’m the actual worst: I won these three books in online giveaways in 2016 and 2017 and still haven’t read them.  Currently asking myself why I would enter if I didn’t plan to read them.  They are also at the top of the top of my TBR.

Sleepless in Manhattan ❌ Before I Knew ❌ Saving Sara


Finally, I snapped up these four books when they were free on Amazon.  They’re my first four choices for 2018′s #killingthetbr challenge.

Trophy Husband ❌ AxlLove So HotWhy Now?

What’s at the top of your 2018 TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my winter TBR

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is ten books on my winter TBR and honestly, what don’t I want to read this winter?  These are ten books that are at the top of the top because I already have all of them in my possession.  Some of these are books that I acquired through giveaways, some are ARCs, some have been given to me as gifts, and one is borrowed from the library. I feel guilty about not reading all of them, so here we go.

Saving Sara by Nicola Marsh
✖ Before I Knew by Jamie Beck
✖ Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

✖ Saint Anything  by Sarah Dessen
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
✖ Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Infraction by Rachel Van Dyken
✖ #Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid
✖ The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

Meternity by Meghann Foye

What are you planning to read this winter?