Review of Joyride by Anna Banks

Joyride by Anna Banks


Review: It took me a little while to get into this book, but after I got rolling with it I could not stop myself from reading it. It felt like the plot of the book just swept me off my feet and took off. I really enjoyed this book for it’s diversity and hitting on topics that are a big thing in the world right now. I don’t normally see or reading anything like this in the other new young adult books that are out now. I’m hoping that in the future more books can be like joyride in this aspect.

I also really loved Carly’s work ethic even if it gave her no time for herself. I thought this was a great message to send out. I mean Carly works her butt off at two jobs and still has straight A’s from school. I also liked how important school was to her, even if it was not important to the rest of her family ( they didn’t want to her to, but to work more to earn more). That Carly thought it would be a good thing for her to go to school and get an education to help her and her family latter on in life.

A lot of times I didn’t really get Arden ( or Moss), but I liked how as the book went on you got to see the depth to his character and see him grow up. But I also felt that he helped Carly live and have fun, because she needed it, since she didn’t have much of a childhood ( or high school life). They were good for each other, which made the book.


5 out of 5 stars.

288 pages.


I received an E-book copy from the publishers for an honest review in return.

Release Date June 2nd 2015.

Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Realistic Fiction.

Published by Feiwel & Friends.

Summary: A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber’s mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.

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