Review: Joyride by Anna Banks

Posted August 12, 2015 in review / 0 Comments

Review: Joyride by Anna BanksJoyride by Anna Banks
Published by Macmillan on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Source: Library
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Who says opposites don't attract?
It's been several years since Carly Vega's parents were deported. Carly lives with her older brother, studies hard, and works the graveyard shift at a convenience store to earn enough to bring her parents back from Mexico.
Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He used to date popular blondes and have fun pranking with his older sister. But now all that's changed, and Arden needs a new accomplice. Especially one his father, the town sheriff, will disapprove.
All Carly wants, at first, 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 the wishes of others. Carly and Arden's journey toward their true hearts - and one another-- is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh. Just like real life.

This book just made me feel all out of sorts. I have been looking forward to reading this book for so long. (Actually, since the author announced it on Twitter.) But anyway, I just wanted to say that I love this book. Not absolutely love, but I still love it. This book is unlike any other contemporary books that I’ve ever read about. When I first started, I knew that this book was about being rebellious and to follow your heart, that kind of stuff, which seemed really really interesting. But then, it just escalated quickly that I was like “WAIT, WHAT THE HELL.” It kinda shocked me, I guess. I probably should explain it properly, huh?

First off, I just want to say that I have thoroughly adored Anna Bank’s writings since the Syrena Legacy series. If you guys have not read that, you totally should. It’s freaking fantastic.

But anyway, for people who are wary of contemporaries and romance books, I should assure you that there is no insta-love in this book. There is, though, the fact where the popular kid does not notice the quiet girl until now, kind of thing. WHICH I think is totally okay, because the author makes an effort to make the guy MC acknowledge that fact.

And then, there’s that cuteness in between, in which you’re like “OMG they totally love each other” but they don’t know yet, sigh. I ALWAYS loved that part in romance books, because I don’t think that people should suddenly be like “oh, I’m in a relationship with XX, therefore I love XX.” HAH. NU-HUH. NO WAY. But really, the pranks these two kids got into. It made me feel like I was sixteen again. (I’m twenty-one now, by the way.) Also, there’s that fact where they don’t really get too cheesy, which would usually make you cringe. I never cringed in any of the moments in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

What makes this book to lose that one star is the climax part. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I suddenly feel cut off from the book. I GOT SUPER LOST AT THAT CERTAIN PART AND I HATE BEING LOST. I’m sorry. But I really really REALLY hate it when the chapter ends in a climax, and the next chapter is about a few days later or a few weeks later or what. I know that most books do this, but I just think it’s fine if you wanna do it, just remember to write “a few days later” or “a few months later” because as a reader, I get completely LOST. I have to reread that entire previous chapter and the next chapter to finally understand that it’s already a few days later and everything was already fine and dandy.

Other than that, yes, this book was a joy! 😀

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