Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
"Sydney has always felt invisible. She's grown accustomed to her brother, Peyton, being the focus of the family’s attention and, lately, concern. Peyton is handsome and charismatic, but seems bent on self-destruction. Now, after a drunk-driving accident that crippled a boy, Peyton’s serving some serious jail time, and Sydney is on her own, questioning her place in the family and the world.
Then she meets the Chatham family. Drawn into their warm, chaotic circle, Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance for the first time. There’s effervescent Layla, who constantly falls for the wrong guy, Rosie, who’s had her own fall from grace, and Mrs. Chatham, who even though ailing is the heart of the family. But it’s with older brother Mac—quiet, watchful, and protective—that Sydney finally feels seen, really seen, at last."- summary from Amazon
Dessen's latest novel is another engrossing, heart-wrenching and hopeful read. Sydney is definitely a character I feel most of us can relate to at some point or another in our lives. There are times all of us feel invisible to others, whether for a time here and there or for most of the time like in Sydney's situation. I enjoyed reading Sydney's journey throughout the book- being with the Chathams and their friends, working on herself and her family, and becoming more confident. The scenes I enjoyed the most were the ones with Layla, Mac and their friends as well as Sydney and Mac by themselves slowly turning into more than just friends, which Sydney tries to refrain from for most of the novel.
Overall, a fantastic new addition to Dessen's collection of works.
FTC: Borrowed book from local library. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.