I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Joyride by Anna Banks
Published by Feiwel & Friends on June 2, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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.
What I Thought…
• Joyride is quite a bit different from Banks’ Of Poseidon series. Joyride focuses on Carly, whose parents have been deported and no one knows she’s just living with her brother and Arden, the rich kid who lost his sister.
• Their paths cross in a unique way one night as Arden tries to scare his grandfather away from drinking. I liked that Arden addressed the issue that until that night he didn’t know Carly existed, even though they went to the same school and had a few of the same classes. Carly did go out of her way to remain invisible, but
• Carly and her brother are working hard to earning the money to get her parents brought back. They aren’t doing it the legal way and things don’t exactly go as planned.
• Arden blames is father for his sisters death as he wouldn’t acknowledge her mental illness. This made me real sad, but I also know that this is how people sometimes react. Arden’s mother is torn between dealing with her daughters death and taking medicine to forget. Arden does everything he can to not do what his father expects.
• One night Carly and Arden go on a joyride, which sets in motion a chain of events that effects not only Carly and Arden but their families as well. It unfolded fairly fast, but that didn’t detract from how wonderfully it was written.
• Banks has a way with words. Everything from start to finish flows and weaves in and out beautifully.
Overall Joyride packed an emotional punch that I wasn’t expecting and left me with warm fuzzies at the end.