Review: Joyride by Anna Banks



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 wasn’t expecting to love this book so much but I definitely did. It’s unique from the start till the very end.

“So, what am I gaining by quitting one job only to go around stirring up trouble with you?” He pulls over on the side of the road. Puts the truck in park. Puts his arm on the back of my seat. It’s not intimate, the way he does it. But somehow I find it endearing. Oh geez. “Life, Carly. You’re gaining life.” What can I say to that?

Carly lives with her brother, Julio, and they’re both working hard to rise the money to smuggle their parents and two little sibligns they’ve never met across the border, from mexico to the U.S.
Carly wants to help but she also wants to make more of herself. She wants to study, to go to college. She was a really strong and refreshing character. But she’s so set on builing a life for her family and herself that she’s forgotten to actually live the moment.

“Great. So, now that we’re friends, I have a very important question to ask you. I’d like to know if you’d do me the honor of being my accomplice.” I wonder if everyone else notices how weird Arden Moss actually is.

Arden is the opposite. He’s the popular rich guy, with a disfuctional family. Since his sister died he started doing pranks around the city and when he meets Carly (seriously, don’t expect the usual girl-falls-in-the-arms-of-the-hot-guy meeting, it was rather a crazy meeting) he wants her as his partner in crime. They way their relationship develops from friendship to romance was really adorable, lots of swoon worthy moments and funny pranks.

“Do I have you, Carly?” he says softly. “Do I have you like you have me?”

I really liked other characters as well, Julio and Arden’s grandad were really interesting to read about.
Aside from the romance and the pranks, this book is all about family and the sad and hard truth of immigration.

“I like the idea of feeling small. Sometimes life can seem bigger than you, you know? But knowing you’re less than a speck in the whole scheme of things takes the pressure off, sort of.”

There’s an alternation of povs between Carly’s and Arden’s, but Arden’s pov is told in third person while Carly’s in first person. That was a little unsettling but I after a while I got used to it.

He nearly breaks into a run to get away from her, and behind him he can hear her giggling in his wake. And he decides it’s one of his favorite sounds.

In the end I highly recommed Joyride, it was funny but at the same time heartfelt.

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