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Patron Saints of Nothing

Written by Randy Ribay

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Featured Books for Young Adults General Fiction Thrillers

Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2020

Jay Reguero plans to spend the summer playing video games before heading to university in the autumn. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin, Jun, has been murdered as part of President Duterte’s war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story.  Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth – and the part he played in it.


Patron Saints of Nothing Synopsis

A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin's murder.

When Jay Reguero hears of his cousin Jun's death, everything changes. Although years have passed since they were last in contact, the stories about Jun just don't fit with the boy Jay knew. Hoping to uncover the truth, Jay travels to Jun's home in the Philippines - but the shocking realities of life there lead to even more questions. Can Jay find the answers he seeks?

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A heartbreaking and original novel. - Guardian

Lyrical. Stunning. Searing. Patron Saints of Nothing is the real deal, a unique and intimate look into the extrajudicial murders in Duterte's war on drugs in the Philippines. Ribay's arresting narration and knack for characterization drive a story that is unlike anything else you'll read this year.  -- Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift

I can't stop thinking about this beautiful book that left me in tears. A searing, soul-searching novel about grief and identity. This book makes me proud to be Filipino American.  -- Melissa de la Cruz, author of Alex and Eliza

Randy Ribay seamlessly takes the cultural texture of the Philippines, the complexities between ethnicity and nationality, political tension and the propaganda that buttresses it, and, most importantly, teenage life, and weaves them all into a thick braid that asks one question: What is the truth? And the necessity to know that truth - the fight it takes to find that truth - somehow gets right to the core of who young people are. This is nothing short of a tremendous feat and will certainly solidify Ribay as a singular voice in the world of literature for years to come.  - Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way Down

Brilliant, honest, and equal parts heartbreaking and soul-healing. I'll give this astounding book to all the teens and adults in my life. I suspect you will, too. I'd give it 50 stars if I could.  - Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Shout

This powerful and courageous story offers readers a refreshingly emotional depiction of a young man of color with an earnest desire for the truth.  -- Kirkus starred review

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ISBN: 9781788951548
Publication date: 27/06/2019
Publisher: Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788951548
Publication date: 27th June 2019
Author: Randy Ribay
Publisher: Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Suitable for: YA readers
Genres: General Fiction, Thrillers

About Randy Ribay

Randy was born in the Philippines and raised in the Midwest. He is the author of AFTER THE SHOT DROPS and AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES. He earned his BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Master's Degree in Language and Literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He currently teaches English and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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