Joyride by Anna Banks

Posted May 28, 2015 by Sara | Novel Novice 0 Comments

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Featuring a sweet romance, Joyride by Anna Banks is a charming, funny and touching story about finding your inner strength and standing up for yourself and what you want.

joyrideA 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.

If you’ve read Banks’ Syrena Legacy books, you know she has a knack for writing realistic characters and injecting levity and humor into even the most dramatic and serious stories. Here, her skills shine brightly — because despite a light-hearted premise, Joyride features plenty of serious topics that Banks handles deftly.

Joyride is the perfect balance of dramatic and humorous, with a healthy dose of romance tossed in for good measure. Carly and Arden’s love story is so charming — but its their own individual struggles that show that this book is more than just an unlikely pairing. It’s about each character learning to prioritize their wants and dreams, stand up for themselves to their friends and family, and fighting for the things that really matter most.

Joyride was a delight to read. It is in stores June 2nd.

Sara | Novel Novice
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