- Teresa K. Cain
“You always think you want to be noticed. Until you are.” -- Sydney, Saint Anything
Sydney. She’s the invisible girl, and her brother is the golden one, the shining star. OK, Peyton is all the shining stars plus the moon and even the sun with a few comets thrown in. Sydney quietly watches Peyton’s celestially charmed life spiral downward from stints in the principal’s office to rehab, and then plummet from way too many second chances to a very earth-bound jail cell. Even while incarcerated, Peyton is the axis their mother’s world spins on.
But Peyton isn’t the only one who got a sentence. His drunk driving sentences a 15-year-old guy to a wheelchair for life. And Sydney’s 16 years of quiet rule-following in Peyton’s shadow are soon forgotten—she’s sentenced to live under a spotlight of sideways glances and whispers from classmates and neighbors. Not only that, but she also has to watch her college fund dwindle away as it’s used for Peyton’s legal fees.
Sydney hopes to dodge the spotlight and stretch what’s left of her college fund by transferring from her elite private school to a public school. When she carefully makes the case to her parents, they amaze her by saying yes.
And that’s when Sydney’s story really begins.
Saint Anything is available from CRRL in hardback , audiobook, and eBook formats. Stories told from the point of view of an offender’s sibling are uncommon. If you’d like to read another, I’d recommend The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen.