SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen

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Sydney has always lived in her older brother’s shadow. But when Peyton winds up in prison after driving drunk and crippling a young bicyclist, Sydney feels more ignored and isolated than ever. Her parents seem to be treating Peyton as the victim in the tragedy, and Sydney feels like she is shouldering all of the guilt for her entire family. But when she transfers to a new school, Sydney meets Layla and her brother Mac and through their friendship begins to discover who she really is, independent of her brother and her parents. As Sydney grows in self confidence, her relationship with her family begins to evolve as well.

This is probably the best book I’ve posted lately. It is well written, with strong, realistic characters, and an engaging premise. I would recommend it to teen readers who enjoy realistic fiction.

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