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That is just what I found in Saint Anything. This is the story of a girl, Sydney, hidden in the enormous shadow of her older brother, Peyton. That is just fine - until Peyton veers farther and farther from the straight and narrow and ends up in prison. And then Sydney realizes the depth of his shadow on her parents - they simply don't see her at all!
In an attempt to start over, Syd transfers schools and slowly makes friends with Layla and her family at Seaside Pizza, the family restaurant. That sets the stage for this book. Inside the pages there is a creepy, lurking friend of Peyton's, a band competition, a moment of alcohol and a medical emergency. Through it all, Sydney learns to trust her heart and finds her voice. And her parents finally see her as the individual she is.
I would say finding what is lost in an unexpected way is the theme of this book, whether that is friendship, strength or a new and different reality.
I enjoyed this book and it's comfortable predictability!
I recommended this already to my niece and my daughter!
As I said - Sarah Dessen doesn't disappoint!