Patron Saints of Nothing

Narrated by: Ramón de Ocampo
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
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A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

"Brilliant, honest, and equal parts heartbreaking and soul-healing." (Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Shout

"A singular voice in the world of literature." (Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way Down

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.

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. 

As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a pause-resisting portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.

©2019 Randy Ribay (P)2019 Listening Library

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Touching and informative

Really fast read that informs the reader of current events in the Phillipines without being preachy or too one sided. I enjoyed the characters. Jason is a clueless teen, which you can take as realistic or annoying- probably both.

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A really good read

Excellent 👌 book. The narrator Ramon de Ocampo was awesome! The author Randy Ribay kept my interest through out the whole story. The main character's search for the truth did not turn out the way he expected, and the reader is also locked in as the main character digs deep to unvail the truth. Ribay's description of the Philippines is rich with details and the character s really come alive in this story. Nothing is ever as it appears 😉