There aren’t enough good things to say about Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay.
We follow Jay as he finds out that his cousin died in the Philippines. His family won’t really tell him what happened, but then an anonymous Instagram account starts messaging him. They say that his cousin was murdered in President Duterte’s war on drugs in the Philippines.
So, when Jay’s Spring Break begins, he convinces his parents to let him return to the country of his birth to reconnect with his Filipino heritage. Or at least, that’s what he tells them. Really, he’s headed to Manila because he’s determined to find out what happened to his cousin.
This book is a beautiful tribute to familial love and grief. It’s also an indictment on toxic masculinity and how detrimental it is to all it touches. Not to mention the writing is just *chefs kiss* beautiful.