VIRTUAL - On a Tangent Teen Book Club with Randy Ribay

Thursday, January 19, 2023 - 7:00pm

On a Tangent Book Club is a virtual book club for teenagers age 13-18. Join fellow readers for a book club discussion facilitated by our Children’s and Teen’s Specialist, Laura.

Each meeting is one hour long. Guest authors will join us during the second half of the meeting. No need to worry if you haven’t read this month’s book, come and enjoy the discussion!

This month we’ll be joined by author Randy Ribay.

This event will be hosted on Zoom. Click here to register.

Click here to view our main On a Tangent Teen Book Club page!

This month we’ll be reading…

Patron Saints of Nothing By Randy Ribay Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525554929
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - April 21st, 2020


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

Randy Ribay 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.