Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Saint AnythingSaint Anything by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Him, at first: There's no shame in trying to make stuff work... It's better than just accepting the broken.


And her, much later: You never knew what lay ahead; the future was the one thing that could never be broken, because it had not yet had the chance to be anything.

Tropes aren't necessarily bad (or good). While they can be overused, if anything, they're effectively neutral in conveying that certain things, situations simply are. That said, in Saint Anything, we once again encounter The Boy who is Good, as well as The Girl who is Sad in families that stand out in their Difference. All these are elements that Dessen has used- and as is proven here (again,) ones that she (re)introduces well.

Do I say that I am tired of this? Honestly? Perhaps that it's to be released so long after her last novel, that coming back to this set up has tugged at the sentimental part of me, the side that yields to what's comfortable and familiar in the hope  knowledge(expectation)  that the sad will eventually turn around. Frankly, there's really not much negative to be said with regard to something that feels so emotionally plausible; there's a lot of I get it's elicited from me by the protagonist's heartache. Dessen has tapped into that empathetic part of me;  that has felt some part, some degree of whatever emotion is put forth--- Guilt, anger, isolation all rang true from her to me.

And yet, the biggest bonus here for me is how much 'less' the role the boy's actually is--- something even the female lead acknowledges (to a degree.)  As it is she that acts, she who decides whilst becoming more secure in doing both in part because of Mac but largely because of where she finds herself and how so many other people she permits to enter her life. To that end, have I mentioned how authentic the feels could get, even the ugly ones? There are several moments in SA that touched on growing and apart as well as changes and the not-knowing and re-forming of sibling roles that just felt true here. All that's made more with feeling unseen but wanting something different.

Lots of feels in this one- true despite having come back to the sad girl/good boy pairing.


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