Cait’s ARC Review of “Road Trip with the Enemy” by Kelsie Stelting

By: Cait Marie

*I received a free advanced copy of this book from the author for my honest review.*

This is part of the Sweet Water High series, each of which can be read as a standalone. Find more about the other books on Goodreads here.

After the tragic loss of her twin brother, Sydney promises to find a way to New York to run in the 26-mile marathon he registered for months earlier. He spent a lot of time with Liam, an 11 year old with cancer, and had told him he would run it for him. Sydney intends to fulfill this promise for both of them.

The other promise she made was to stay away from her brother’s best friend, Jeremiah. However, when her car breaks down on the highway on the way to New York, and none other than Jeremiah stops and offers her a ride, she must decide which vow to break.

This book was so full of emotion! It’s definitely going on my “This book made me cry. You should read it.” list. I’ve lived through losing my best friend, so this book really hit home. I was a little nervous to read it, but it’s written in such a way that’s full of grief while still showing bits of hope throughout. Sydney’s world is crumbling around her. Everything that can go wrong, does. And boy is that relatable!

Sydney and Jeremiah being together felt very natural. I felt so bad for Jeremiah because he just wants to try to move forward with her, but I also understand how difficult that can be, and Kelsie did a great job balancing this out. I also loved how significant the parents’ roles were in this story. I feel like that’s often missing in this genre, and that relationship is an important part in many teenagers’ lives.

No one deserves pain more than anyone else, but it exists. It’s our job to survive it. To show it that no matter how hard it presses down on us, we can still get up.

Kelsie Stelting, Road Trip with the Enemy

This was my first book by Kelsie Stelting, but I will definitely be reading more. I really enjoyed her easy flow of words and quick pace. Nothing was rushed, the story just kept moving without dragging as some tend to do. While this book was very sad, it was also a beautiful story with a lot of meaning. It had its sweet YA romance moments throughout, too. I would absolutely recommend this book if you’re look for something quick to read with a lot of heart.

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