Teen and Young Adult

Sydney and Calvin Have a Baby


After her dream date turns tragic, geeky writing prodigy Sydney Camden just wants to retreat into the safe escape of her stories. She certainly wants nothing to do with Calvin, an annoyingly cute British ex-pat who also happens to be her rapist’s cousin. But perhaps the Divine Author is writing her a much different love story than she expected….

Sydney and Calvin Have a Baby is a smart, funny coming-of-age story that doesn’t flinch from the very real issues confronting teens today, but draws on Catholic wisdom to weave a story in which hope triumphs over despair, forgiveness vanquishes sin, and a culture of life triumphs over death.

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Geeky writing prodigy Sydney Camden has always dreamed about finding true love. When she ends up dating Josh Simpson, king of her Catholic high school, it seems too good to be true. And it is: It ends in rape—and the accidental death of the drunken rapist.

As Sydney begins spiraling into the safe escape of her story-worlds, along comes Calvin. He’s an annoyingly handsome British guy who just wants to find a smidge of happiness after losing his Mum to cancer and moving to Seattle to live with his relatives, the Simpsons. He’s not expecting to fall for some American girl at first sight, certainly not at his newly dead cousin Josh’s funeral.

Sydney claims she wants nothing to do with this relative of Josh’s. But as Calvin becomes entangled in her tragic story, she begins to see that the Divine Author is writing her a much different love story than she expected…


About the author

Adrienne Thorne is an avid lover of young adult stories and has been writing them since her preteen days. After graduating from Franciscan University with B.A.s in communication arts and theology, she delved into the world of professional screenwriting. But recently, she’s taken a brief break from the soul-crushing rejection of Hollywood to return to her first love, YA novels. Adrienne lives in the Seattle area with her wonderful husband and growing number of small children. She blogs about movies and TV from a Catholic perspective at thorneintheflesh.com.



Format: Paperback (black and white interior)

Pages: 216

ISBN: 9781944008611

Author: Adrienne Thorne

Publication date: September 17, 2018


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