Woot, woot! I'm 11 for 11 so far this year! :D *pats self on back* And, look at me, getting back on track and reading the Paperback Pick of the Month during the month it was picked! :O
This month, I chose Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. I've always been a Sarah Dessen fan and have enjoyed nearly everything I've read of hers. This book, though, is a new favorite by her. I knew from the moment I read the dedication that I was going to like the book. The more I read it, the more I fell in love.
There are just some books that you connect with, and this was one of those books for me. It was good to read a YA, too. I feel like it's been forever since I have, so this pick was great.
And can I just say that I love the cover? Because I do!
Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?
Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.