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Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗

Published: June 18, 2019

Publisher: Kokila

Format: e-Book

Pages: 323

“Our country’s history is full of invading foreigners who thought they knew us better than we knew ourselves.”


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

Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was 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.

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Tour the World in 30 Books ft. Patron Saints of Nothing

Hello friends and welcome to the 6th stop of the Tour the World in 30 Days: A Diverse Book Blog Tour hosted by Sammie of The Bookwyrm’s Den. Each stop features different diverse books from all around the world, and I am so excited to be a part of this tour. This is a blog tour created to support the CCPL – a small, rural library in an area with a very homogeneous population and a high poverty rate where people rarely have the means to travel or experience a different perspective. But that should not stop these people from experiencing the world, which is why this Diverse Book Drive would bring the world to their small county instead, and with the focus on MG & YA books, the CCPL aims to expose especially its young patrons to new and diverse perspectives and cultures. If you want to donate and support this book drive, I will be listing out all the donation details at the end of this post.

With that being said, I am very excited to introduce you guys to the book that I chose for this tour. Hopefully, by the end of this post, I have convinced you to pick it up. The book that I chose does not highlight a character that I could relate to, but it was set in my country and showcase bits and pieces of my culture. After reading Sammie’s post back in August, I immediately thought of this book because like her I don’t know what it’s like to see myself in a book until this certain book comes along. I could already tell that this will be a long post, so let’s get into it!

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