(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Macmillan on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Emigration & Immigration, General, Hispanic & Latino, Love & Romance, People & Places, Romance, Social Issues, Social Themes, United States, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
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.
If you love mermaids (that don’t like to be called mermaids, might I add), then you should definitely check out Anna Banks’s debut Syrena trilogy. I couldn’t type fast enough when she offered to give free finished copies of her debut contemporary to bloggers. The story was fresh and unique, the dialogue quick and witty, and it’s a wonderful standalone to add to your collection.
I love contemporary young adult. Banks made the characters relatable in less than 300 pages. It switched points of view, and true to her writing style, one of the main characters told the story in first person and the other in third. Carly Vega’s side of the story was more personal since her thoughts were out in the open and raw. While I didn’t like Arden Moss’s chapters as much, they were integral to the story and added more depth. His side of the story was told well, and I always enjoy when third person is done right.
The relationship between Carly and Arden kept me on my toes. They didn’t understand what they wanted out of the newfound friendship, so I didn’t understand. I liked the mystery, watching them fall for one another. They had been around each other for years without seeing each other for who they truly were. In Arden’s case, he didn’t really see her at all. Now, it was a little fast. However, considering this is a standalone, I understand why and actually liked the pace. While they did fall quickly, it wasn’t insta-love. Instead, Arden started to see Carly for Carly instead of the girl that glided through the halls like a ghost. I had high hopes for their relationship, which is all I think anyone ever wants out of a good romance, whether it ends like we want it to or not.
I started reading Joyride and didn’t put it down much. Anna Banks instills her quick wit into these characters like she did those in her debut trilogy but introduced me to new and unique characters. It would be practically impossible to take Galen and Emma’s place in my heart, but I loved reading more of Banks work. I’m excited to see what else she’ll have hit the shelves and which genre coming works fall under.