Sunny Shelly’s Review: Styx & Stones, by Carmen Jenner

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Cancer sucks … and then you die.

Styx and Stones an all-new emotional, mature young adult romance from USA Today bestselling author Carmen Jenner is available now!

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Alaska Stone is a walking wet dream.

My wet dream.

For years, I’ve watched her in the halls, wanted her, but she never knew I existed.

Not until she walked into my chemo session.

For me, it was love at first sight.

For her? It might take a little longer.

But hey, it’s not like we’re on a deadline or anything.

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Excerpt

“Come here,” Styx says, giving my arm a weak tug.

“Where?”

“Come lie with me.”

I laugh and shake my head. “I can’t. I’ll squash your lines.”

“They’re plastic; they’ll bounce back.” His face turns serious, and the desperation in his eyes claws at my resolve. “Get your sweet ass up here, Stones. I wanna hold my girl.”

It takes a little maneuvering with his central line and heart-rate monitor, and my IV, but eventually I settle in against his side and he wraps his good arm around me, holding me as tightly as his weak body will allow.

I wish we had the power to make time wait for us.

I’d make it wait forever, right here. I’d use up all of the seconds it’s stolen from me, from us, and the lifetime it’s going to steal from our future. If I had the ability, I’d hit pause right here, and I’d never let him go.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

It’s taken me a few days to think about what I want to say about Styx & Stones. I knew it was going to be a tear-jerker. Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner is a book I’ve read over and over again, and cry every time. I knew Styx was the young kid who Harley knows from chemo, so I knew what I was getting into when I started S&S. And it still gutted me.

Alaska Stone is the last person who Styx — battling his second round of stomach cancer — expects to see walk into the chemo treatment room at the hospital. They go to the same high school, but are worlds apart in social status, even though Styx has been crushing on her since they were 10. He’s kind of thrown off kilter, and acts like a massive jerk, leading the two to get off on the wrong foot. But a slow friendship starts to develop as they lean on one another to get through their treatment. Should Stones have the cranial surgery to remove her tumor, but the very surgery could leave her dead? Is Styx’s cancer terminal?

It’s heartbreaking and uplifting when Styx and Stones head out on his birthday road trip to Disneyland. All they want to do is be normal teenagers when their lives are anything but. They share so many sweet firsts over those few days, but their lives are forever changed at the same time when all starts to go downhill. The emotional upheaval had me in tears in the wee hours of the morning.

Despite his illness, Styx lives every day to the fullest, and teaches Stones how to do the same. It is far from a traditional YA romance, and the ending is far from a traditional happily ever after. But it is perfect for this young couple, and despite the tears and heartache I felt for them both, I ended the book with a smile on my face.

“We’re going to be late.”
“For what?”
“Forever.”

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About Carmen

 

Carmen Jenner is a USA Today and international bestselling author.

A hardcore red lipstick addict and a romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?

 

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