Parents' Guide to

Saint Anything

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sensitive romance digs deep into difficult relationships.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Another great book by Sarah Dessen!

This was one of my favorite books of 2015! Awesome! Read it!

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (6 ):

Sydney, the likable, relatable heroine of this well-crafted romance, is a perfect example of how complicated life can be even when you try to make the right choices and be a good friend and daughter. Prolific author Sarah Dessen can always be counted on for nuanced characters and naturally unfolding plots. She's at her best in SAINT ANYTHING: The opening is high drama, but then Dessen settles into a comfortably paced, intimate story of a teen trying to find her place in her family and among her friends. The core teenage characters soon feel like familiar friends. Both maternal figures are simplistic characterizations, though their roles -- sage-sounding board and controlling disciplinarian -- will resonate with teens.

The rippling effects of alcohol and drug use are treated subtly but firmly. Dessen is less careful with a story line involving a sexual predator: The victim is dismissive of counseling and, without explanation, decides not to press charges.

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