Book Reviews

Joyride by Anna Banks

**** I was sent a copy of this book to review from the author. All of my thoughts are my honest opinion.******


Edition: Finished review copy

Pages: 288

Series or Standalone: Standalone

Published: June 2nd, 2015

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Goodreads 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.

Plot: 3.5/5 hot aliens

The plot started off fast paced then slowed then continued to decline in pace until maybe the last 50 pages in which it picked up more speed. I found it unique that it begun the way it did. If you’ve read the book, then you know what I’m talking about.

There wasn’t too much world building since it is in our world, but Anna Banks does explain in detail where everything takes place. I enjoyed that because I could visibly see the locations in my mind.

Characters: 3.5/5 hot aliens

Carly Vega was a pretty good main character. In her defense, I felt like some of her angst was well just. She was mostly well-rounded.

Aiden was an interesting. I wasn’t a huge fan of him. I felt like while we learned a lot about him, we never got to truly know him. He sort of fell short tom me.

The other characters we’re okay. The only other characters were her brother and Aiden’s uncle. Both of those characters were okay for me. They didn’t really stand out, but they weren’t really meant to.

I hated the Sheriff though. I won’t say why because of spoilers.
Author Bio:

Anna Banks is a New York Times Best-Selling author. She has written the Syrena Legacy, Joyride, How to Lose a Batchelor, and a few other books.

Xx Sincerely,


2 thoughts on “Joyride by Anna Banks

  1. As much as I love Anna Banks, this one wasn’t for me. I thought it was unrealistic, and I ended up hating the Sheriff as well! The plot also really fell through as well, even though I thought the writing was good 😦

    – Eli @ The Silver Words


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