Book review: Saint Anything, by Sarah Dessen

Disclosure: This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher. No other consideration was offered.  Sarah Dessen’s Saint Anything is a fascinating contemporary YA novel with an interesting narrative structure. I found myself winding through the book with a sense of waiting for the other shoe to drop, living in wound-up narrative tension, and while […]

And Then She Was Pretty, the End

Certain tropes tend to come up again and again in young adult fiction, and there’s one in particular that makes me positively aflame with irritation: the heroine who must become beautiful as part of her journey and transformation into a fully realised character. Beauty, in this setting and framing, becomes an essential part of what […]