Balle Review: Joyride by Anna Banks

Monday, January 11, 2016


Author: Anna Banks
Pages: 288
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: June 2nd 2015 
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. 


I've had Joyride on my TBR before it was even published and I have finally read it. It surprised me because it wasn't what I expected. However, I did enjoy it. I found reading from Arden and Carly's perspectives really interesting because they were two very interesting characters. Joyride was a great read filled with awesome romance, fun, and topics you don't always find in books.
  • Characters: I loved reading about Arden and Carly! They are two very different characters, but both have their fair share of family struggles. 
  • Plot: Definitely not what I expected, but I enjoyed it! It really progressed and that made Joyride a bit more enjoyable than what it already was! 
  • Writing Style: I loved how Anna not only wrote in different perspectives, she wrote in 1st and 3rd person! That worked out well in her favor.
  • Romance: I really loved what was going on between Arden and Carly. It was cute, but I must admit, it got a bit unrealistic at some points. 
  • Ending: Loved it.
I gave this book 4 stars because even though I really liked and enjoyed it, the romance was a bit unrealistic.