Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Joyride by Anna Banks

Book 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.

Flo's Review
So Anna tweeted a few weeks ago that she would be willing to send out an audiobook of Joyride in exchange for an honest review. I was all over that, of course! I love audiobooks and was super excited to snag one.

I am not really into talking politics, but this is a very interesting book to be reading during the current presidential election...! I'll just leave that there.

The only problem I had with the audiobook was that the guy reading Arden sounded like a 45 year old man and not a 17 year old boy. The girl reading Carly was great, though. I definitely found myself getting sucked into the story. For the majority of the book, I could not with Julio! Carly is a teenage girl and deserves some time to be a girl. She already had to grow up to fast and work too hard. 
There was a twist that I did not see coming, and then the end had me holding my breath along with our two main characters. Great pacing on that final scene, and a satisfying ending. 

Finally the line: "Do I have you like you have me?" <3 <3 <3  New favorite!

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