PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING // Randy Ribay // Filipino Culture, the Drug War and a Mystery Murder…

patron saints of nothing


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 page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.

Things I Liked:

  • The charecter development of Jay. He went from being immature and ignorant to being someone who actively learnt about his surroundings and the things that other people go to
  • Exploring his own culture, which was so vast and filled with a horrible history, but also how it made him more connected to himself and how he became a happier person in the end for it
  • The informative discussions on the drug war that is happening in the country, including how the new ruling means that drug dealers and drug users can be shot on sight (despite the laws saying they should only do that if they protest)
  • How any problematic things were immediately confronted and corrected rather than accepted
  • It covered a lot of other important topics like parental abuse, sex trafficking and poverty

Things I Didn’t Like:

  • It was unclear what the author thinks of drug users and drug addicts, as well as drug dealers, and how the MC and secondary characters had to convince themselves they were good people and that using drugs means you are a bad person which is of course not true


This book is out in June 18th and I highly, highly, HIGHLY reccommend this book which you can pre-order here


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