Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

The book Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay is a very powerful thought provoking novel.  It includes descriptions of grief after the loss of a loved one as well as other important messages.  The main character, Jay is finishing out his senior year of high school when his parents tell him his cousin, Jun died.  Although his cousin lives in the Philippines, they used to be very close. Jay sent letters to Jun for many years and Jun wrote about how he rightfully disliked his father.  Eventually, Jun ran away and Jay stopped writing to him. But when Jay heard that Jun had been killed as a result of the war on drugs occurring in the Philippines. Jay felt that he had to go visit and find out what exactly happened to Jun. over his spring break, Jay visited with his family in the Philippines and began searching for the truth about June’s death.
       I would rate this book a four out of five be used it was very entertaining as well as exciting.  The messages this book sends are somewhat sad and shoestring but are very powerful.  I would definitely recommend reading this book.

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  2. I really enjoyed reading this book! I think it addresses some important issues in a really thoughtful way, and I found myself really drawn in to the story. I also really appreciated the way the author was able to explore the complex relationships between the characters and the themes of grief and identity. Highly recommend!

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